The quality of silence

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Rosamund Lupton: The quality of silence (2015)

263 pages

English language

Published Oct. 22, 2015

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Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, arrive in a remote part of Alaska to be told that Ruby's father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. Unable to accept his death as truth, Yasmin and Ruby set out into the hostile winter of the Alaskan tundra in search of answers. But as a storm closes in, Yasmin realizes that a very human danger may be keeping pace with them. And with no one else on the road to help, they must keep moving, alone and terrified, through an endless Alaskan night.

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I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher through Early Reviewers. And I'm glad I did. This novel manages to be a tender story about family, a rip-roaring wilderness adventure, and an eco-thriller set in in the high arctic. returnreturnYasmin, an English astrophysicist, has had a falling out with her husband, who has been working in Alaska on a wildlife film. When she takes their eleven-year-old daughter Ruby to Fairbanks to have it out with Matt, he fails to pick them up at the airport. Instead, the police break the news to her that the village he has been staying in has been destroyed in a catastrophe. They aren't quite sure what caused it, but a huge fire enveloped the community and there are no survivors. The bodies are too burnt to identify, but they are sure Matt is among them. She refuses to believe that he's dead and …


  • Deaf children
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Widows
  • Wilderness survival
  • Fiction


  • Alaska