Thursday, 14 January 2016
The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
I read this in the midst of a blazing heatwave, and loved the descriptions of the setting - a welcome respite for me. The fact that it was dark in no way limited the author’s imaginative painting of the beauty in this landscape. You’ll need cocoa if you read this in the cold. The writing is beautiful, and the relationship between Ruby and her mother is poignantly expressed, delicately told.
The creepiness of the evil lurking in the dark created palpable tension, and the search turned into a battle for survival with insurmountable odds.
There are a few disbeliefs to be suspended in the reading, but the emotional payoff for those suspensions was, in my view, worthwhile.
You really need to read this book, to experience it, to live in this world for a while.
Five chilling stars.