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!
Adorkable- Sarra Manning