Book Review: The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Note; this review contains spoilers
The Quality of SilenceWhat’s it about?

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.
Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness
Where nothing grows
Where no one lives
Where tears freeze
And night will last for another 54 days.
They are looking for Ruby’s father.
Travelling deeper into a silent land.
They still cannot find him.
And someone is watching them in the dark.

My thoughts

I’d not read any of Rosamund Lupton’s books before and will admit I was drawn to this book for its dark cover and interesting character casting (in a deaf child).

Overall, I quite enjoyed the book, the writing style is very good, the characters are all perfectly well developed but I just had a problem with the believability of the plot. Whilst trying not to disclose too much probably 60% of the book is Yasmin and Ruby’s journey across Alaska but seriously…

I’ve driven a huge 18 wheeler lorry on one of those driving day experiences and I couldn’t get to grips with the gears for a few hundred metres so to try and make this incredible journey across ice roads and mountain paths sound plausible the author had a feat of her own; it was just borderline ridiculous although it did make me read…..

The pace at which the plot develops is generally good going once you get the past first 15-20%; particularly when Yasmin starts driving. All the way through their journey, the ‘follower’ and the storm you are rooting for them to make it but I did find myself having an internal argument that she should never have put them in that position in the first place although the author does address this in Yasmin’s narration. You either think it valid or you don’t!

I liked the flashbacks which take us back to how Yasmin and Matt met and how their relationship developed and potentially crumbled. I found Yasmin’s and Ruby’s relationship to have a believable ring to it although Ruby seemed to have a better relationship with her Dad until this trip which sees her and her mum become closer which has a nice touch.

There’s a good twist at the end which I wasn’t expecting but I do question the author’s casting of the ‘baddie’ , having the CEO of the company chase them down like that; surely they would send one of their minions …Anyway, suspend your disbelief and you have quite a good cat and mouse mystery novel.

Many thanks to the publisher Little, Brown for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley.

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