Author Heather Gudenkauf won instant acclaim for her USA Today and New York Times best-selling debut, The Weight of Silence.
Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.
©2011 Heather Gudenkauf (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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I enjoyed this book although it was not a so called suspense. Kristen Hannah fans would love it. But the audible readers didn't seem to match the characters. i was very disappointed and i listen to lots of audiobooks and am a huge fan.
Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
Wonderful story. Great narrators. Interesting characters. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed.
Excellent narration. Loved the different voices, like listening to a play. Made me drive slower to work.
I am listening to the last half hour of this book while I am writing this and I am looking forward to finish it up.
For me the secrets in the book were very predictable and therefore reading/listening to it not very exciting.
The perspective in which the story was told was odd and I didn't feel that it did anything to make it more interesting.
And while we spent a lot of time getting to know the characters, the descriptions didn't do anything to carry the story better.
The book starts out reasonably well. The narrators do a pretty good job although the woman who voiced Claire and Charm overdid it - too much "drama" in her voice. People don't talk like that.
Here's what gets this book 3 stars - SPOILER ALERT - we are asked to believe that whoever passed for Social Services in this small town placed a foundling infant who had been left in a fire station at the age of 1 month with a couple who become readily identifiable to every single person involved in the existence of that child. Apparently, in this small town, privacy laws don't exist.
But that wasn't quite good enough to ensure lives enmesh. When the child's mother returns from prison where she has served 5 years for drowning the child's twin sister, she *just happens* to get a job in the adoptive mother's bookstore - not the diner across the street or the nearby drug store but in the actual bookstore - where she, of course, instantly recognizes her son because he looks exactly like his father.
The premise ruined the experience for me. It was a cheap plot devise.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is one of those books where every one in the book knows the answer but you. I find that mildly annoying. It gave a left turn kind of ending without building up to it, and it somewhat spoiled the book for me. The parents are also simple caricatures which really doesn't work for me. Pleasant enough but not solid, real or compellling.
I listed to audio books during my marathon training. I literally cried during three different runs.
The voice selections were incredible. Loved hearing the emotion in their voices
I loved the complex nature of the relationships to a little boy. The end was brilliant and unexpected!
Bryn or Alison. Angela Lin is a good narrator as Claire, but I think another narrator might have been better as Charme.
I loved Heather Gudenkauf's "The Weight of Silence." This book was a well-written and well-read follow-up, well worth the time and credit.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A tragic mystery that slowly reveals it self like peeling an onion. In the beginning I thought I had a handle on what was going on in the lives of the three young girls at the center of the story. Wrong... Needless to say, there are twists and turns that make you keep changing your feelings toward each character.
Choices and fate seem to run along in the same lane for two sisters, an innocent bystander and a very lonley couple. The characters were believable and the narration was very good. This is not a feel good book and includes some very graphic situations.
I think the book was harder for me to get into due to the Audio book. At first, I wasn't fond of the voice of the girl who was doing some of the parts, but eventually I got over it and started really wanting to listen more and more. I still hated the voice imitations she'd do for the five-year-old in the story up until the end, I also didn't care for Charm's voice, but the rest were fine.
Not really... It took me a long time to get into, it was only as we reached the climax that I wanted to keep listening.
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