The Quality of Silence
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. Bu ...more
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You have no idea how much I want to give out spoilers about this book!
I liked this book because it goes into things that are very important to me, but alas! NO SPOILERS! Well some MILD SPOILERS :-)
I fell in love with little Ruby right away. She is deaf and she's so smart and so sweet. Her mother Yasmin....mmmmm.... I had issues with her because she takes Ruby onto the ice roads with her with a major storm coming in.. she put her child's life in danger. BUT, Ruby ca ...more
Harrowing, white knuckle suspense!
Alaska. Its beauty contrasts with the dark, brutal, bitter cold, making it the perfect backdrop for this gripping environmental thriller which is coupled with a story of undying love and devotion.
Yasmin has traveled to Alaska in search of her husband, Matt. She has brought her deaf daughter, Ruby along, believing deep in her heart that despite evidence to the contrary, her husband was not a ...more
To experience Alaska (and I've been there) is to truly know the meaning of biting, piercing, below-the-skin-surface cold. Rosamund Lipton envelops you with pure descriptors of what makes Alaska a source of both incredible beauty always and a very dangerous destination at times.
Matt Alfredson, a wildlife photographer from England, is missing in the Arctic region ...more
Yasmin and Ruby do not believe Matt is dead and get a lift with a kind trucker, Adeeb. Adeeb gets sick and Yasmin drives the truck across a desolate frozen tundra and arctic sto ...more
Little Ruby was an interesting character, a deaf girl with amazing skills and thoroughly bonded with her father. Her mother, Jasmine was tenacious and smart but....... well read this and you will see. But, the real star o ...more
Rosamund Lupton describes the extreme cold of the Arctic Circle perfectly. I felt like grabbing a blanket to huddle under everytime Yasmin got out of the truck! I did not even mind having to totally suspend belief while watching her drive a giant truck on ice roads, through a major storm for 300 miles. Not possible but it made a grea ...more
Ruby’s father is seemingly killed in a horrific accident – Ruby’s Mum however does not believe it and with Ruby in tow sets off across a bleak and unforgiving landscape to track him down. As the story unfolds from both points of view it is truly fasc ...more
I have struggled with how I should rate this book. I really liked a lot of things about this book but I had a few problems with it. I consider this to be a good book overall that I wouldn't have any problems recommending to most readers. I think that the three star rating that I finally went with is fair.
Let's start with the things that I really liked about this book. First of all, Ruby was a fantastic character. She was smart, resourceful, a ...more
I think my favorite aspect of this novel was the author's sheer talent for descriptions of the setting. As I was reading I could have sworn I was trekking through the snow in Alaska with Yasmine and Ruby. The writing is beautiful and almost felt like poetry. This was a unique ...more
Part of me feels that I may be a tad generous with a three star review. I had some issues with this book but on the other hand, there were elements that I found quite enjoyable and even enchanting. This novel holds the distinction as one of a few books that I both liked and disliked.
Ruby and her mother Yasmin, fly from England to Alaska to meet up with their father/husband who is in a remote village filming a documentary. Upon arri ...more
OK, so I know this is going to be corny but here goes….
If you’ve read the book, you’ll get it, if not, why not!
I really do enjoy a Rosamund Lupton novel. Her writing style is a literary treat compared to so many authors in this genre. Her attention to detail, the depth of her characters and tight plotlines all add up to a highly sumptuous reading experience.
This is my second novel by her, the first being the excellent Sister and I think I see a bit of a science geek deep in...more
Just you, your ten year old daughter (deaf since birth), total darkness, bone numbing, deadly freezing cold, completely isolated in the Alaskan wilderness.
Not for the faint of heart!
It's FREEZING cold; like the air is made of glass. Our English cold is all roly-poly snowman and 'woo-hoo! it's a snow day!' a hay-there friendly kind of cold. But this cold is mean.
Mum is keeping close to me, like she can wrap me up in another warm layer of her, and I lean rig ...more
I love snow, I love the cold weather I absolutely do. I am a winter baby, so this was lovely and chilling to read, I could imagine myself trekking through the snow, the cold the wet and the wind, gorgeous. Love it.
The atmospheric conditions and imagination in this read was enthralling and enticing to me.
I have read Rosamund Lupton's book before and I know she can deliver a pretty good story that I will mostly enjoy and this one was the same.
There they are, Yasmin and her dau ...more
You have to question whether Yasmin is incredibly brave or if she’s delusional. She arrives in Alaska with her ten-year-old de ...more
The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
Matt is a wildlife photographer and film maker and has been working solo on a huge project in some remote areas of Alaska, photographing and documenting information on the native wildlife in their natural habitat there.
Usually he comes home for the Christmas break to be with his wife Yasmin and ten year old daughter Ruby.
This year they were going to come to Alaska to be with him, and were so excited that Ruby and her father had been discussing it and plan ...more
I loved that the setting of this story was in the brutal winter cold of Alaska. It felt really well described, and I actually felt rather cold reading it. The winter wilderness felt very real.
As a person that has much to do with child hearing loss, I thought Ruby's part was well done. Her character was brave, thoughtful and portra ...more
The book starts off well. A mother and child find themselves in the Artic circle on the hunt for the girl's missing father who has been declared dead but a fact they refuse to believe themselves. In fact, in a nutshell, the book's blurb is pretty much the whole story. A missing father, fracking, cold alaskan weather, truck driving, a tenacious mother and a deaf child. And t ...more
I’m finding this a hard book to review. On the one hand the story absolutely pulls you along for the ride, despite the fact that some of the plot stretched belief. But after a while you stop worrying about those things that sound unrealistic and just let the story take hold of you. The main star of this book is Alaska. The description of the land had me even feeling chilly as I read it. Add to this an engaging character in the 10 year old deaf Ruby. Her mother Yasmin agoni ...more
This book has two huge things that completely destroyed my immersion and my suspension of disbelief. I'm not going to spoil the ending or any of the plot twists, but I'm going to talk about these two things (which happen in the beginning of the book).
FIRST, Yasmin is the worst mother ever. I can't believe she'd take her child into northern Alaska during a freaking storm with no plan. So reckless and irresponsible. I dislike her as a char ...more
He didn't know what day it was any more and he thought out here there were no days, no turning of the Earth to reach the face of the Sun, but a dark night of the soul in which only violent storms broke time into different pieces.
Paz. Este libro transmite paz. Una mezcla de silencio, desolación, esperanza, tormentas de nieve, un cielo tan negro que libera la noche más oscura de las noches, infinitas estrellas que manchan el eclipsado firmamento y un toque de auroras boreales.
El final no me gustó ...more
Yasmin's husband, Matt, is in the Alaskan wilderness and is reported as dead after a catastrophic fire in the small village where he was staying. Along with her young deaf daughter, Ruby, she makes the trip herself .... but Yasmin refuses to believe that he is dead.
The two of them decide to go look for t ...more
I have to admit that the decisions that Yasmine makes do sometimes stretch reality quite a bit. Here she is with a little deaf girl, her own daughter, and she heads out to a section o ...more
The characters were warm, well rounded and likeable. I thought the reference to "gifte ...more
Being myself slighty deaf in one ear since the age of about 8 due to an ear infection, I found that I could easy relate to the young daughter in the story Ruby being deaf.
I totally loved this unusual story as a whole, the characters, the story line with Ruby being deaf and the unusual setting of the places events took place.
Ruby and her mother Yasmin Alfredson had travelled to Alaska to meet Ruby’s dad at the Fairbanks airport. Deaf Ruby knew it would be really cold and super-quite with thousan ...more
Her debut novel, 'Sister' was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, a Sunday Times and New York Times best seller and the fastest selling debut in WHSmiths'history. Her next two books 'Afterwards' and 'The Quality of Silence' were also Sunday Times best sellers. Her novels have been translated into over thirty languages.