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The Weight of Silence Paperback – July 28, 2009
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- #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
"Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel."
-New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen on The Weight of Silence
"Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful."
-New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain on The Weight of Silence
"Gudenkauf's scintillating second suspense novel...slowly and expertly reveals the truth in a tale so chillingly real, it could have come from the latest headlines."
-Publishers Weekly on These Things Hidden, starred review
"One Breath Away takes the reader on an electrifying ride that is, by the end, both terrifying and satisfying. I dare you to forget it."
- New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock
"I have burns on my fingers from turning the pages too fast. Don't miss it. This is her best yet!"
-New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen on One Breath Away
"Gudenkauf...keep[s] the tension high and the reader glued to the pages."
-Publishers Weekly on One Breath Away
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But beyond that, there were several shortcomings in the book, most of which have already been covered here by other reviewers.
The writing is very amateurish. I don't expect everything I read to be a literary work of art and I don't seek that out either. But the writing here was very basic and undeveloped. I don't even agree with the reviewer that said it is more of a Young Adult read, just because of the simplistic writing style. I also enjoy YA reads from time to time and it is not simpler and inexperienced writing that makes a book YA, and to say that insults those authors. In my opinion, this author is simply inexperienced.
The other thing that really annoyed me about this book is the viewpoints and different voices. I appreciate that the author took this on, but what bothered me is that each one did not really have their own voice at all. They each created their own stories, sure. But their language and vocabularies did not vary, despite the range in ages (from 7 years old to 57 years old!) or their education level (first grader up to a college professor / department head)!Read more ›
The Weight of Silence focuses on three families, Calli who is dragged into the woods behind her house by her drunken and abusive father in the early hours of the morning. Her mother Antonia, searches for her and gets support from the sheriff which was her childhood sweetheart. Calli's older brother Ben is determined to find Calli as he knows the woods that they have explored as children. Petra is an only child and has a special connection to Calli and she accepts Calli and often speaks for her. She goes missing after seeing someone familiar from her window in the middle of the night and follows them. We don't know as a reader if it is Calli and her father or someone else until the story unwinds. Petra's father Martin is determined to find his daughter and is driven by his emotion and almost destroys his own family. Sheriff Louis still has a fondness for Toni who married another man instead of waiting for him to finish college. Louis' own marriage unravels as this story unfolds.Read more ›
Callie is a selective mute. Petra is Callie's best friend and acts as Callie's voice. The two girls go missing, and from there the story takes you on many twist and turns while their parents and police look for them.
The book is told from many different points of views that switch off throughout it. I liked this because you got a glimpse as to what each person was going through and how they saw the events that played out.
I enjoyed the book, and its bittersweet ending, and would definitely recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a real page turner. Heather Gudenkauf's style is unique and keeps her readers wondering where she will take us next. The ending is unexpected and a little sad.Published 13 days ago by Dawn Armstrong
Just an excellent read. Am going to look up more by this author. Loved everything about it and how it isn't exactly what you think!Published 23 days ago by Joseph Alnas
This is a fast read, because the story is compelling. The characters become your friends or your enemies accordingly. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Patricia L. Bortnem
Right in the beginning of the first chapter I felt how the character was feeling. I felt the anxiousness, nervousness, and how scared they felt; I didn't feel this way with all the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vangelina @ Painful Reads
This author is unbelievable! I have read all of her books and when I get to the last page I am sad because the read is over.Published 2 months ago by Lois E Demmons
This was a really good book. Hard to put down. However, I was not surprised by the ending.Published 2 months ago by Beverly Spain
I couldn't put this book down! It was rich with detail, suspenseful, thoughtful, and sad. It was very real!Published 2 months ago by Paula McLeod
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and I loved the switch up in the way each character shared their points of view on the situation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kenny & Ramey Reviews
Well written story with interesting premise. I enjoyed the author's story telling style and the alternating use of the chacters'perspective. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanie