The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lupton

On 24 November Yasmin and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby set off on a journey across Northern Alaska. They’re searching for Ruby’s father, missing in the arctic wilderness.

More isolated with each frozen mile they cover, they travel deeper into an endless night. And Ruby, deaf since birth, must brave the darkness where sight cannot guide her.

She won’t abandon her father. But winter has tightened its grip, and there is somebody out there who wants to stop them.

Somebody tracking them through the dark.

My Thoughts:
In this book, we follow Yasmin and Ruby as they trek through Alaska in the depths of winter trying to find Ruby’s father and Yasmin’s husband. However, not long after starting out they find themselves being followed, and when they received ominous emails they realise this may have been a terrible idea.

I really enjoyed this book because it really focused on Yasmin and Ruby’s relationship, which hasn’t been very strong. Ruby is a lot closer to her father because he doesn’t push her to use her ‘mouth-words’ unlike Yasmin who pushes Ruby, even though Ruby is clearly uncomfortable doing it.

I liked seeing Yasmin finally understand what it is like for Ruby to be completely deaf and not be able to hear her own voice. I also really enjoyed hearing the journey from Ruby’s point of view because it meant that we could see into the life of a child with a hearing impediment.

I didn’t really enjoy the ending, I thought it would be a lot more dramatic than it was. To me it felt a bit like an anti climax. In the end everyone just walked away, almost as if nothing had happened.

Overall though I did enjoy the book.

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