The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Our next book, chosen by the BRC book group, is The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.  Looking forward to hearing what you think of this psychological thriller.

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.
Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness
Where nothing grows
Where no one lives
Where tears freeze
And night will last for another 54 days.
They are looking for Ruby’s father.
Travelling deeper into a silent land.
They still cannot find him.
And someone is watching them in the dark.

Join the book group on 8th June from 12-1pm at BOC, UH4 or BRC, SMG3 by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk and post your thoughts here….

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3 thoughts on “The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton”

  1. I did enjoy this book although for me it was not a page turner. I didn’t have the stamina to stay with Yasmin on her mad drive for too long at a time and had to take regular breaks for warm drinks and other books. I wouldn’t give Yasmin ‘Mother of the Year’ Award. I did enjoy the writing – the sense of place, cold and general discomfort was extraordinary and the environmental vs political and commercial issues explored in an equally uncomfortable way.

    Looking forward to discussing it!

  2. Neither would I give her Mother of the year award…but then I probably wouldn’t know what to say to the person who won that award, whereas Yasmin I think is a really interesting character. But I do think it’s unlikely that anyone’s state of denial would lead them to such a pass. How many of us would take a 10 year old on such a trek?

  3. A further thought. Is Yasmin in a way reflecting what Matt might think too, that one’s own children are a less inportant consideration than the big picture (ie the planet, and what fracking might be doing to it?) Yasmin is a stargazer for a reason: the stars are in the end the only defence against the eternal dark.
    T

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