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)
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.
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.
I love how the author gives you a picture of all of the characters' view points, instead of just one. It really makes the story 3-dimensional. I don't know if she does that with all of her books, but I am definitely interested in finding out!
I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 wonderful grown children and a retired teacher....one of my new goals as I turn 50 this year is to become an author! I listen to one story on audible a week I am an addict!
The concept of a voluntary mute made this book interesting, but it was disjointed between Callie and Petra versus everyone else. It was also difficult to be positive toward any of the adult characters, as they all seemed quite shallow and not very aware of their surroundings. Almost every adult was also incredibly self ' absorbed and not very bright.
I love books!
First time author, debut novel for this author. I'm not sure why I thought this but it seemed this author's books were going to be of the good two shoes kind of books, maybe due to the titles of her books. The summary seemed interesting about two little girls that were taken from their homes in small town Iowa. Whatever i was thinking I was pleasantly surprised as the book was hard hitting right from the start and, yes, there were two little girls at the center of the story but it wasn't about innocence at all, quite the opposite. It was one of those books where you kept thinking about, wanting to get back to it and in the end I just sat down and finished it. One thing that drew me to this author is that she is a graduate of the University of Iowa as am I. I will for sure choose a second book from her.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
I found this book to be very entertaining. I usually don't care for books where the story is told through more than one person, but I found that it worked well in this case. I especially liked the way the story unfolded. I would try another of Heather's books. Well done.
I didn't think a novel about the disappearance of two young girls could be boring, but this one is. Very disappointed in the writing style AND narration style. I made it through the first five hours and decided to quit while I was ahead. I found the pacing of the book in complete opposition to the story. The multiple points of view and multiple narrators did not help. The overly sweet narration style of both mother and daughter got in the way of the plot, as opposed to adding complexity. The characters never fleshed out; they displayed consistently odd reactions to the events unfolding in the book. Maybe I missed out by not finishing, but I had enough.
It was ok..
The lack of research into police jargon/procedures. Made the story implausible and silly at times.
Ensemble was pretty good, not great.
"Excellent Gripping Story"
Would recommend this well written well voiced story.
The actors gave depth to the seperate characters.
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