The Quality of Silence

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.

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So I normally avoid these kinds of books, despite a friend of mine loving them, because they always have some twist that basically equates to the whole plot being in the protagonist’s head or the protagonist being the bad guy. I picked up the book because the blurb on the back cover was interesting. It was slow going at first but I actually really loved this book.

This book didn’t really start to pick up pace until Yasmin and Ruby were out on the truck alone. There wasn’t anything wrong with the book up until that point, on the contrary, I loved the full range of characters. But I was reading the book for the plot promised on the back cover and it really delivered. Ruby’s deafness is an integral part of the book, not only of the actual plot, but also because it is a part of who she is and her relationship with her mother. Ruby and Yasmin’s relationship is a real strength of this book, the way it healed and strengthened on the journey and how the book switched between the two point of views so you understood exactly why they were both reacting like that. It was obvious Yasmin loved her daughter, that was never in doubt, but along the book you saw her accept Ruby as Ruby and in a way that Ruby wanted to be accepted. I think it was more than a little irresponsible for Yasmin to take her daughter out into that weather, despite feeling there were no other options, but it worked out for her.

The plot was, again, a little slow at first but the pieces started to come together and the twist was actually something unexpected. I was expecting something different to happen, like the guy chasing them to be the nice guy over the radio, but who the actual bad guy was made a lot more sense.

The major issue I had with this book was how it ended a little abruptly. A few more pages with whether they got rescued in time or not would have made it just that much better.

Four stars and I would definitely recommend it!


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