The Quality of Silence

The Quality of Silence

A Novel

Book - 2015
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The gripping, moving story of a mother and daughter's quest to uncover a dark secret in the Alaskan wilderness, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards.

Thrillingly suspenseful and atmospheric, The Quality of Silenc e is the story of Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, who 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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781101903674
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 20, 2021

I found that the book dragged on and that a lot of it was unbelievable-like her driving a lorry on a narrow mountainous road up North in the winter when she had no training to drive a lorry anywhere.

Jul 26, 2020

Loved this book. What a great author. I felt as though I was there in Alaska with the mother and daughter. Four stars.

Mar 07, 2020

Loved it...atmospheric to the point I felt I was there. Character development to the point I felt I had met the mother and daughter, as well as some lesser players (lesser roles, but still beautifully developed). I can't stop thinking about it.

HCL_staff_reviews Jan 02, 2020

Mother and daughter, Yasmin and Ruby, arrive in Alaska only to discover that Yasmin's husband Matt has been killed in a catastropic fire. Unable to believe this news Yasmin sets out with Ruby in tow across the dark winter Alaska in order to find the truth. A harrowing and suspensful tale, filled with questions and revelations, for the characters and readers alike. -- Lee B., Eden Prairie Library

Nov 20, 2016

This novel gives you a fascinating picture of Alaska and has a few twists and turns. Interesting characters. I just saw a documentary about the Iditarod which featured one of the locations in this novel and found it to be very accurate.

multcolib_alisonk Jul 29, 2016

Are you an Ice Road Truckers fan? (It's okay to admit it - you're among friends!) If you're the kind of complex person who enjoys thrills, suspense, mystery and... erm... reality tv... this might be the book for you. Lupton's a good writer, and she builds believable characters with engaging internal dialogue, even if there are a few (well, quite a few) moments where you will have to suspend your disbelief. If you're looking for a fun, escapist read, but you can't abide bad writing, this might be the book for you.

Apr 21, 2016

This is a great mystery that offers lots of suspense along the way and ends with a big surprise.
Most compelling for me is one of the characters - a 10-year-old girl who is deaf and who shares her love of language through tweets that illustrate how she sees the world. The details about family dynamics and communication - through sign language and a computer - in a family of hearing parents with a deaf child were really well written and thought-provoking.
I'll definitely recommend it to others!

CKoval Apr 05, 2016

4 of 5 stars
I rented this book not having any idea what it was about; I needed a book for the the weekend in a hurry so I grabbed the 1st one I saw. It was better than I expected, though it got a little slow in the middle. Then it started pick back up only to end abruptly. It was like you are waiting for part 2 to come out.

Mar 24, 2016

I was captivated by this story--it's tense and suspenseful. Until the ending.
Yasmin and Ruby's predicament upon landing in Alaska spurs Yasmin to step up to a challenge because she's sure her husband is alive, no matter what the state trooper says. Sure, the idea of a woman taking her 10-year-old (I know, Ruby, 10 and a half) daughter on the Dalton Highway in Alaska with a storm approaching is a bit of a stretch, but the intrigue of finding out what really happened up in that little village is quite compelling.
For me, it falls apart at the end, which should have been the high point. Instead of a thrilling conclusion, it kind of deflated for me.

Oct 09, 2015

I didn't hate this book & I will try the author one more time but I found this story a bit hard to believe. It just did not seem possible.


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