Friday 3 July 2015

Blog Tour: The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

TitleThe Quality of Silence
AuthorRosamund Lupton
Published: 2nd July 2015
Publisher: Little Brown

Today I am part of the amazing Blog Tour for The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton with a 5* review. All the other stops on the tour are listed below so please do stop by their blogs for some other great content.


There has been quite an anticipated wait for Rosamund's next novel after Sister did amazingly well. So when The Quality of Silence came out, I was very eager to read and discover Rosamund as a writer.

Wow! Where do I even begin?! The Quality of Silence has got to be one of the most amazing books I have read this year. Rosamund's writing is absolutely stunning, I have never felt so transported to a place in a book than I did whilst reading this.

Set in Alaska, an unforgiving bitter part of the world, Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrive here with a fierce determination to find her husband Matt. They embark on one of the most dangerous journeys to a practically uninhabitable place with a threatening force on their trail.

Everytime I opened this book it was physically like I was plunging myself into this arctic world. Even despite the weather being the hottest it has been lately, I felt the all encompassing cold of Alaska, the harsh bite it has and that feeling that you will never be warm again. No other novel has been able to make me feel it's surroundings so acutely before, Rosumund has created an incredible palpable and atmospheric novel. What also added to the chilly and haunting atmosphere was the tangible sense of quiet. The silence in itself seemed almost deafening, it was oppressive and adds to that sense that Yasmin and Ruby really are alone. So the fact that someone is watching them in the dark makes it eerie and threatening. 

When reading this, you go on a journey with the main characters, experiencing what they are, feeling how they feel. The tension and suspense feels almost tangible as Yasmin and Ruby get deeper and deeper into Alaska and further away from any help or sign of life.

What was also written with such eye opening clarity was Ruby's deafness. Unless you live with someone or know someone close who is deaf or are of course yourself deaf, you can never fully understand what the world is like from this person's point of view. Rosamund has written this beautifully and gave me an understanding that I never had before. Ruby may be deaf but that does not hinder her as much as you would think, she's very intelligent and knows her own mind.

There are so many adjectives I can use to describe this truly epic story, but I will go with the following; haunting, eerie and chilling to the bone, one of my top reads this year.