Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Quality of Silence

This one started off a trifle slow, but thoroughly peaked my interest 50 pages in and then I could not put the damn thing down. I thought it was just a suspense novel, but it turned out to be so much more than that, although I don't want to divulge too much and ruin the twist at the end.

Yasmin and her ten year old deaf daughter have just flown from England to Alaska to meet her husband and when they arrive they are giving awful news. The small village that Matt was staying at to film the wildlife has burnt down killing everyone it including her husband. Unable to believe the news she is convinced she must go to Norther Alaska and find her husband because the state troopers won't search for him since they believe he is dead. Armed with only her guts and her wildly smart and mature ten year old, they convince a trucker headed north to let them tag along for several hundred miles. When he is taken ill and rushed to a hospital, Yasmin uses her engineering degree to drive the rig up the ice highways to search for Matt. She soon realizes that it's not just her and her daughter on the road, someone is following her. What is trying to stay hidden out in this barren hellishly cold landscape? Is her husband even still alive?

It's chilling (literally, you get cold while reading this; the descriptions of the weather conditions are spot on), riveting, and you can't help but rooting for the mother daughter duo even in face of the horrible odds. A masterful book and I look forward to reading more by this author.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

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