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Gudenkauf's tightly plotted debut packs a lot of unsavory doings into a few unfortunate summer days in Willow Creek, Iowa. Seven-year-old Calli Clark hasn't spoken a word in the three years since a particularly nasty run-in with her violent, wife-beating father, Griff. During a bender, Griff suddenly decides to haul his mute daughter into the nearby forest, where they get lost. At the same time, Calli's best friend Petra goes missing, and a manhunt is launched, led by deputy sheriff Loras Louis, who still carries a torch for Calli's mother. Gudenkauf moves the story forward at a fast clip and is adept at building tension. There's a particular darkness to her heartland, rife as it is with predators and the walking wounded, and her unsentimental take on the milieu manages to find some hope without being maudlin. (Aug.)
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"The Weight of Silence is a tense and profoundly emotional story of a parent's worst nightmare, told with compassion and honesty. Heather Gudenkauf skillfully weaves an explosive tale of suspense and ultimately, the healing power of love."
- #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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Golden read! Deep and profound- yet sad and thought provoking. Silence can be golden or bitter and nasty. Do you know the difference?Published 2 days ago by Randilyn
This is just a great read. It's a good book from beginning to end. I just couldn't wait for my reading time each day. I give the author a big hurray!!!!!!Published 3 days ago by Blue.Sky's
Wonderful book with so many twists and turns! Suspenseful and heart wrenching. I finished this book in a day! Highly recommend!Published 15 days ago by Christiesmiles
This book was very hard to put down. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. The story is very believable.Published 24 days ago by Mark Gruen
This was a very good book with a creative story behind it. I don't think I have ever read a book about mute individuals but the mystery behind the plot made the story. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tracy Stacey
Awesome book. Love this authors writing...never disappoints!Published 1 month ago by Shannon Traegde
It was a little hard empathizing with the main character and her support or denial about what her abusive husband was capable of. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer