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Monday, 28 September 2015

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse #bookreview -- The Quality of Silence by @Rosamundlupton.

Hello book lovers!

Time for Armchair Squid'sThe Cephalopod Coffeehouse again! I've read so many books this month but Lupton's is my favourite, no question. It's the third book of hers I've read and loved. First was Sister, then Afterwards, then this thrilling and chilling story of a mother and her daughter who can only communicate through sign language, yet take off on a crazy trip across the very north of Alaska to the Arctic Circle.

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On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrive in Alaska. Through the madness of circumstances, within hours they are driving...alone... across a frozen wilderness. Here, nothing grows, no one lives and even the tears on your face freeze.

The reader is taken along on a wild ride in the cab of a huge truck with Yasmin at the wheel. Luckily, her talent in physics helps her work out the science of keeping this monster truck on track in the impossible conditions. But the extreme conditions, especially the perpetual darkness, add to the tension and terror as they go in pursuit of Ruby's father and Yasmin's husband who police believe has been burned to death along with the whole population of an Iniut village near the Arctic Circle. But there are other mysterious forces at work, related to the fracking that has been taking place in this previously pristine landscape. Could this disaster be related to the greed of big business? So, Yasmin and Ruby embark on a surreal adventure to find Yasmin's husband and Ruby's father. Against every well-meaning (and often threatening) word of caution, they steal a truck and drive north into a hideous,yet inspiring adventure in search of answers.

The book gets its title from Ruby's disability along with the deep silence of the frozen north.

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.



Thanks for visiting/reading.

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26 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing book. Now on my TBR list for sure, set in Alaska, can't pass it up! Wonderful review!

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    1. Knew you'd pick it up when I mentioned Alaska. You're going to adore it. It's a big hitter.

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  2. Hi Denise - thanks for the link across re Asbestos Induced Death (Mesothelioma).

    I haven't read any of Rosamund Lupton's books ... this sounds very interesting ... and informative. Thanks for pointing out her books to us - definitely on a TBR list at some stage. Cheers Hilary

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  3. I've not heard of that author.
    I didn't post for the awareness day, but I did Tweet about it.

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  4. This is a new-to-me author and series, but the book sounds fascinating.

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  5. New author to me too, but it does sound like a good story. Thanks for telling us about the book.

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  6. Hi, Denise—
    I read Lupton’s Sister, which was absolutely terrific (and my favorite genre, character driven psychological suspense). I didn’t realize she’d released a second book until a couple weeks ago when I ran across Afterwards. I just added The Quality of Silence to my Goodreads list. :)

    VR Barkowski

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    1. Afterwards is absolutely fantastic. I'll never forget it.

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  7. An interesting drama. Sort of Thelma and Louise?

    I'll post the WEP challenge in my sidebar. I hope to participate in this one.

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    1. Nothing like those gals Donna.
      Glad you're in for WEP this month Donna.

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  8. I read a Lupton book a year or two ago - Sister I believe it was called. Very haunting read! But very good.

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    1. Yes I loved Sister too Trish. And Afterwards.

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  9. Haven't read Lupton. Yet. Sounds totally fascinating! Will be keeping my eyes peeled here.

    Still don't have a clue about the next WEP...should I be panicking about now? :-)

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    1. No Nila. Just sign up tomorrow and something will come to you!!! by Oct 21!

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  10. I haven't read Lupton, but thanks for the review!

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  11. I haven't even heard of Lupton, but this book sounds really interesting! I'm off to sign up for WEP after this!

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    1. So glad you're signing up again MadIlyn!

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  12. Interesting concept. I grew up in Michigan and I know what it can be like in crazy freezing cold and just how dangerous it can be,

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    1. I can't comprehend driving across frozen tundra for sure!

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  13. That sounds really fascinating. I love books that take place in unusual locations. It's like I'm traveling without leaving my flat! And I also love to read about different cultures. So many morals and expectations are different, yet most of us share the same human desires.

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  14. If you're interested in the long Arctic and Antarctic winter nights, I highly recommend the documentary Antarctica: A Year on the Ice. We saw it at a film festival in March. Availability may be scarce but if you see it, check it out.

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    1. Thanks Armchair. I'll have to check it out.

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  15. Sounds an interesting story, Denise. I'm checking it out.

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