Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered.
Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.
Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.
©2009 Heather Gudenkauf; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Every so often you get really lucky, and a book comes along that just knocks your socks off: an absorbing, engrossing, suspenseful read that you just want to keep paging through, a novel that feels a lot like running downhill - fast and a little breathless - until it all winds down and wraps up. The Weight of Silence is exactly this kind of book.... Jodi Picoult has some serious competition in Heather Gudenkauf. [She is] an author to watch.” (Bookreporter.com)
"Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel. Heather Gudenkauf is one of those rare writers who can tell a tale with the skill of a poet while simultaneously cranking up the suspense until it's unbearable." (Tess Gerritsen)
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
Better writing. Less predictable, two-dimensional characters. Less sentences like this: "In an instant I have you in my arms and I am crying. Tears dropping many emotions, mostly thankfulness and relief, but tears of sorrow mixed in." Are you kidding me!?
Definitely not Antonya.
Disappointment about the quality of the writing.
I found one of the main characters, Antonia, a little annoying. She acts like she's 'all that' but she ends up not being as tough as she's supposed to be. How can she love her children so much and not get out of the situation she's in with her husband Grif? I did like her son Ben though, however, I disliked the scene where Ben is having a conversation in his mind while he's sitting by his sister's bed in the hospital. Just too weird.
I think it was a little bit too dramatic and 'soap opera-ish' for me. It definitely had potential but it could have been better.
This book kept my interest. I had to have a marathon listening session to finish because it was so engrossing. Vi will definitely be looking for more from this author.
I almost stopped listening early on when the hints of child sexual abuse made me very uncomfortable. The subject matter is tastefully handled and I enjoyed the book overall, but it isn't one I would highly recommend -- the underlying themes were disturbing to me.
Excellent performance of an excellent book! Did not expect the outcome of this wonderful story! A great whodunit narrated by a fantastic cast!
more subtle writing and narration
haven't finished it yet
NO. Way over-acted. She changes her tone several times within sentences! So sappy
writing is amateurish
Interesting story for most of the book, but then became predictable in a way to tie all the loose ends up. The narration, although good, made the going slow with the narrators individually giving different points of view from the characters. Would suggest waiting for this title to go on sale instead of using a credit for it.
Normally I don't like books with multiple person narrators. They can get annoying jumping from voice to voice. But not in The Weight of Silence. It was done well and the voices were well chosen for each character. I liked the fact that the children's voices were not made to sound
I just wanted it to end. Horrible story horrible story telling! Don't waste your money. if this were written by a 16 yr old with a limited imagination I could see that.
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