Saturday, 18 July 2015

Jo's Review - The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Published in hardback by Little, Brown, on July 2nd, price £14.99

What They Say:

1.5 million People read Rosamund Lupton’s debut novel - Sister - in the English-language, and it was translated into more than thirty languages, becoming the fastest selling debut, in the UK, in 2010, and starting a new wave of dramatic literary storytelling. Her second novel, Afterwards, was one of the biggest selling novels of 2011. The Quality of Silence is Rosamund Lupton’s highly anticipated third novel.

Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrive in Alaska for what they imagine will be a brief visit. A stranger arrives to greet them at the airport; but where is Dad, wonders Ruby, wasn’t he coming to meet them?  Ruby tries to understand but they’re speaking too quickly, “..missing…”.

Yasmin makes a split decision, unable to accept the news that she’s forced to listen to, and so begins a terrifying journey - across the frozen winter landscape - with Ruby, in search of answers.  But as a storm closes in, Yasmin realises that a very human danger may be keeping pace with them. And with no one else on the road to help, they move on, terrified and alone, through an endless night.

What They Say:

I would like to thank Clara Diaz from Little Brown for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is the first book of Rosamund Lupton's I have read and I feel like I have been taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions with it.  Her descriptions are so real that I could almost picture where she was writing about.

I couldn't help but like Rose and her relationship with her mum was one of the best parts of the book.

This is a thoroughly captivating read.

5 out of 5 stars

The Quality of Silence explores the very limits of human resilience. Rosamund is extraordinary at building suspense and palpable tension as we follow her characters. This is a story as much about a mother learning to hear her deaf daughter as it is about their journey across the vastness of Alaska, and proves, once again, that Rosamund Lupton is a master storyteller.

The setting: ‘The snow-covered landscape stretched off the frame and, the extraordinarily beautiful and brutal arctic land stole into my imagination. I discovered that a night beginning in November lasts until January that temperatures plummet to minus sixty with hurricane-force polar winds. But there were bright spots of beauty and subtlety – the wing-prints of a ptarmigan in snow and white arctic hares; a place where a creature’s fur or feathers changed to match the land and skies. I knew that I wanted to write about northern Alaska and also knew that this white world in darkness wouldn’t just be the setting for a story but would be a part of the story itself’ – Rosamund Lupton

For Sister and Afterwards:

 ‘Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford. Sister is so ably done, so perceptive about grief and guilt and self-delusion’
- John O’connell, The Guardian
‘Lupton’s crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Lupton’s persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut (on track)’
- Emma Hagestadt, The Independent
‘Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I’ve read all year.  Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier; it’s devastatingly good, and announces the arrival of a truly original talent’
- Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

‘Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench… Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell’
- New York Times

About The Author:

Rosamund Lupton graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. After reviewing books for the Literary Review and being invited to join the Royal Court Theatre, she won a television play competition and subsequently worked as a full-time script writer for television and film.

Her first novel, Sister, was the fastest-selling debut of 2010 by a British author and was the winner of the Richard and Judy Best Debut Novel of 2011. It was also chosen for Radio 4’s

Book at Bedtime. Her second novel, Afterwards, was the second biggest-selling fiction title of 2011 as listed by The Sunday Times, with UK sales alone of more than 200,000 copies. 

Visit and follow on twitter @Rosamundlupton

Also, we’ve made an audio-visual map of Alaska to accompany the book, which is now live on Rosamund’s site

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