The Quietness


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


When fifteen-year-old Queenie escapes from the squalid slums of nineteenth-century London, she has no idea about the dangers of the dark world she is about to become embroiled in. Initially thrilled at being taken on as a maid for the seemingly respectable Waters sisters, Queenie comes to realise that something is very wrong with the dozens of strangely silent babies being ‘adopted’ into the household.

Meanwhile, lonely and unloved sixteen-year-old Ellen is delighted when her handsome and charming young cousin Jacob is sent to live with her family. She thinks she has finally found a man to fall in love with and rely on, but when Jacob cruelly betrays her she finds herself once again at the mercy of her cold-hearted father. Soon the girls’ lives become irrevocably entwined in this tension-filled drama. THE QUIETNESS is a novel of friendship and trust in the darkest of settings.


I found out about this book from my friend Luna. Her review made me want to read it. I trust her judgment on books and she’s never let me down. The Quietness is a simply fantastic read. I didn’t expect it to tug at my heart-strings so much, but it really did.

This harrowing story includes two young girls Queenie and Ellen living in Victorian England. They couldn’t be more different from each other. Ellen has a privileged background, but she feels incredibly alone and different from her family, whereas Queenie lives in poverty and would love to live like a lady. Alison Rattle has done a fabulous job of developing these characters. I loved both of them and felt for them in their different, horrible situations. Fate brings them into one another’s lives.

Queenie and Ellen’s tales are told through the eyes of the girls, alternating between points of view, chapter by chapter. Sometimes this method doesn’t work for me, because I find a character more interesting than the other, but I can honestly say with The Quietness I cared for both points of view. The chapters are so short as well, it’s so easy to think “Just one more chapter..” then before you know it, you’ve finished the book!

I really enjoyed Alison Rattle’s writing style. The story flowed nicely, it was gripping and incredibly evocative. I thoroughly recommend it.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Reading next:
Adorkable- Sarra Manning

6 thoughts on “The Quietness

  1. Hi Chrissi,

    Lovely review of this book, although the synopsis had already sold it to me, when you included it in your recent W…W..W… post.

    I don’t tend to get too many book recommendations, as most of my friends think I spend far too much time reading and blogging and can’t see the point. My dad is big into mystery / thrillers, so I keep him supplied with those and get them back to read when he has finished with them. Mother-in-law and sister-in-law swap books with me, although they both tend to read mainstream fiction. All three of them will read just about anything, so recommendations don’t figure in the equation, so long as they have a book on the go!

    I am pretty much the same, I always have a book of some kind started and I am loathe to pass out recommendations, as that can be pretty subjective. Books are really a matter of personal taste and what I like, someone else may hate … and vice versa.

    You have definitely done me a huge favour by bringing this book to my attention though, thanks!


  2. Thanks Yvonne. I was incredibly impressed with it and I’m very thankful for my friend for recommending it to me. I tend to get recommendations from my sister and my friend Luna, and I quite often see books around other blogs that I really fancy reading. I tend to only recommend books to my sister as I know her taste really well. I’m glad that I’ve brought this book to your attention because it should be read by a lot of people! Thank you for your lovely comment!

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