Publisher's Note:  

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 Silence 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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Crown Publishers

The Quality of Silence

by Rosamund Lupton

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The Quality of Silence is a phenomenal novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Rosamund Lupton. Set in the wilderness of Alaska, Lupton uses vivid and detailed imagery to describe each heart-stopping scene. Lupton expertly combines beautiful, metaphoric prose with an intense and suspenseful storyline. Mysteries abound and readers will be on the edge of their seats as they try to piece together the clues. Quality is fast-paced and told through first person narratives and a series of flashbacks. Yasmin and Ruby, the book's mother-daughter duo, are realistic and complex characters. Their strained relationship related to Ruby's hearing loss changes immensely during the novel and makes for several poignant scenes. Memorable and marvelous, The Quality of Silence is a not-to-be-missed book!

Review of Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  10 religious exclamations, 4 mild obscenities, 6 religious profanities, 2 derogatory names, 2 scatological words, and 14 f-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  Secondhand accounts of violence involve suspected deaths by fire, police investigating corpses, a character accidently burned and a character shot at; a scene of violence involving a car crash; non-detailed scenes of violent death regarding poisoning and gunshots. 

Sex/Nudity:  A few accounts of kissing; a woman is described as "small breasted"; a few sexual references; an implied occurrence of sexual activity; a mature discussion regarding sex; a mother and daughter undress and cuddle to keep warm. 

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Death of friends, hearing loss, fracking, family relationships, accidental death, stalking, poisoning. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A character drinks; a man is described as a "drunken criminal"; reference to drug dealing. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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