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I really enjoy reading a good young adult historical novel and Alison Rattle's debut novel, The Quietness, was a good read. It follows the story of two young girls in 1870's London.
Queenie, who is desperate to escape the slums and Ellen who is a privileged but lonely young girl. Their destinies become fatally entwined when they become involved with a pair of notorious baby-farmers. So-called Victorian baby-farmers took on unwanted children for a small fee. They were supposed to care for them as their own children but as you will see, in The Quietness, this very rarely happened.
Rattle is excellent at portraying the filth and squalor of Victorian London juxtaposed with and finery and richness of Ellen's life. She tackles some really difficult subjects, most of the time with finesse, but occasionally too lightly so sometimes some of the more difficult, or the most difficult issues, are skated over a little thinly.
On the whole I enjoyed The Quietness. It's fast paced and gripping and tackles some fascinating subjects.