The Quality of Silence. Rosamund Lupton. Adult/Thriller/Suspense. February 16, 2016. 384 pages. 3 stars. [Source: Blogging for Books]
“It shocked her to realise that for years she’d felt bland, dull, even to herself. Around her, everyone else’s characters were clearly defined, the borders of their personalities etched sharply, but not hers… Somewhere along the line she’d lost the idea of herself.”
I received this for free through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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.
The Quality of Silence was a book that I expected to blow my mind away due to the disposition of Ruby and her mother as they searched for Ruby’s father, who was declared dead, but cannot accept it.
The writing achieved that goal, having to read from the perspective of a deaf girl. It was really nice how Rosamund Lupton wrote it because I didn’t feel misplaced reading from her POV given her situation! Another thing that really made me appreciate this book was the descriptions of Alaska. It was so vivid that it felt so real. And as someone who’s never experienced that kind of cold—or snow in general—it was impressing that I got the image of it very quickly without struggling.
The plot, however, confused me to no end. It made completely no sense to me why a mother would risk her daughter’s life to such threatening conditions to search for someone who may not even be alive. I understand that we’re reading a fictional book, but a sense of reality would’ve been nice. To add to that, the Goodreads description of the book pretty much gave away the entire plot.
It was an interesting read, but it could’ve been better in terms of plot development. 10/10 for the descriptions though. It was bloody marvellous.