The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'll risk my life for you.
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.
Set in the beautiful yet unforgiving and dangerous landscape of Alaska this is the story of determination of a mother and her deaf daughter to find her wildlife photographer husband who has been presumed killed in a fire in Anaktue. Yasmin travels with her daughter Ruby across Alaska after persuading a trucker to drive them as close to the scene as he can as they are both absolutely convinced Matt is alive. When events interrupt this journey Yasmin finds herself driving the truck across Alaska with Ruby and the distinct feeling that they are not alone.
Ruby is an amazing child, deaf since birth she has developed a wisdom beyond her years and heightened senses that drive the pair on. Wonderfully atmospheric passages transport the reader to the harsh and unforgiving climate of the Arctic; good suspense building up to the conclusion. I won't spoil how it ends you'll just have to read it but make sure you have a woolly jumper handy and are sitting by the fire as this is so descriptive you will feel the cold.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.