Rosamund Lupton

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The Quality of Silence

book | Fiction | Jul 2015
World → Little, Brown & Company (Ed. Emma Beswetherick and David Shelley)

Yasmin arrives in Alaska with her daughter Ruby to be told her husband Matt is dead, the victim of a catastrophic fire at the Inupiat village where he was staying. Yasmin, unable to accept this as truth, sets out into the frozen winter landscape, taking Ruby with her on a dangerous journey to reach Anaktue to search for Matt.

As a storm closes in around the vehicle in which they are travelling, Yasmin starts to realise that a very human danger may also be keeping pace with them. Someone is following them. With no one else on the roads, Yasmin and Ruby are alone with the cold and a possible predator, driving through an endless Alaskan night.


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A forbidding Alaskan winter is the setting for this ambitious and imaginative novel …. Narrated in part, by Ruby, who is a delightfully realized character, (her deafness is treated with great sensitivity), the landscape, wildlife and bitter climate of Alaska are powerfully drawn. Chilling in every sense, you won’t want to step away from this story.

Sunday Mirror

Chilling in every sense.

Woman & Home

A gripping, twisting tale

Glamour Magazine

Sister brought huge success for Rosamund Lupton. The Quality of Silence is just as engrossing, with the same claustrophobic feel.

Good Housekeeping

I loved The Quality of Silence. It was scary, suspenseful and so exquisitely, evocatively written I often found myself shivering as if I were there in Alaska with Ruby and her mother. It was everything you want in a wonderful novel.  

Liane Moriarty

The tension is gently paced throughout the journey with the final quarter of the book picking up to a nail biting conclusion.

Ginger Book Blog

It is a story that grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go making me race through the pages to get to the final outcome, but at the same time, The Quality of Silence is a beautiful novel that explores our relationship with our senses and how we as humans cope when pushed to our limits. The twists and turns that the story took continued to surprise me and the drama and danger give the book excellent pace with the threats faced by Ruby and Yasmin keeping the tension high – my heart was often in my mouth as I read!

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Fans of Rosamund Lupton have been kept waiting for her third novel The Quality of Silence for quite some time. It certainly had a lot to live up to considering the huge success of her first two books. Does it meet the high expectations and the hype surrounding its pre-release? Well for me it did.

Emma Crowley
Shaz’s Book Boudoir

The Quality of Silence is a gripping, mesmerising read.

Lonesome Reader

It's not hard to see why Rosamund has been among the best seller authors in the past and now, with The Question of Silence and that final page, she's guaranteed a place for a lot longer. 

Ani Johnson
The Book Bag

The Quality of Silence is an elegant and icily unique thriller, you won’t read anything like it this year..

The Observer

Like a breath of icy air, this relentless tense thriller is also a child's-eye drama like none other. Not since Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow have I shivered like this.

Emma Donoghue

With The Quality of Silence, Rosamund Lupton brings her sophisticated brand of suspense to a setting that might have attracted Jack London: the remote frontier of Northern Alaska. An elegant, chilling read from a writer who continues to stretch the bounds of suspense.

William Landay

Masterful pacing, riveting plotting, The Quality of Silence will have your heart thumping. Absolutely gripping.

Louise Penny

This is a beautifully written thriller and the way Lupton, author of the bestselling Sister, uses the tundra as a metaphor for both grief and faith is stunning. The voice of Ruby, who is profoundly deaf, and her compassionate exploration of a life without sound, only adds to the richness of the book.

East Anglian Daily Times (Essex)

This is Lupton at the height of her storytelling powers.

Carla McKay
Daily Mail
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[A] wonderful writer...absolutely gripping

Jane Garvey
BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour

Terror in a Frozen wasteland

...The Quality of Silence is a sophisticated thriller which brilliantly evokes the sublime and terrifying landscape of Alaska...while touching on a range of subjects; marital love and strife, the culture of the Inupiat people and the fragility of our planet

Sunday Telegraph

The Quality Of Silence is an understated masterpiece that should be read to be believed.

Edinburgh Book Review

...a rip-roaring read.


An eerie eco-tale of disasters both real and man-made on the frozen tundra of Alaska may make you rethink the popular perception of snow as innocuous white fluffy stuff. The isolated woman on her own and in danger is standard thriller fare, but here it is given new life…the alternating voices of mother and daughter are so compelling, it’s hard not to want to go along for the ride…the book skates smoothly over issues of environmentalism, tribal rights, and the relationship of the deaf and hearing worlds…The temperature drops, the action heats up and the suspense builds with the storm.

Vanessa Friedman
The New York Times Book Review

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