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.
The Quality of Silence is a story of Yasmin a wife and mother, who with her deaf daughter Ruby travel across Alaska in search of her husband Matt who is feared to be dead.
Even though the story is quite a steady read I did struggle believing the story. As a mother I find it hard to believe that any mother would drag their child to a forsaken place like Alaska and then miraculously be able to drive an Arctic lorry across frozen ice in horrendous weather conditions. I’ve watched Ice Road Truckers and it certainly isn’t something that a novice would be able to do.
Don’t get me wrong it isn’t a bad story at all and it didn’t actually take me long to read. I just think the author hasn’t been very realistic with the capabilities of the mother. I would struggle changing a car tyre yet this woman, snow chains to a lorry? No problem. Unfortunately due to the unrealistic scenarios it did spoil my experience of this book.
It wouldn’t put me off trying other books by this author and even though the story is well written, this one just didn’t work for me.
Many thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 3/5 stars.