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The Weight of Silence

A book by Heather Gudenkauf

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Great read for a lazy day inside

  • Jan 11, 2010
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I am usually not a fan of thrillers but found this book so engrossing that I could not put it down. I read it in one afternoon (which is rare for me).

I have read many reviews with recaps of the story so I will refrain from rehasing the story again and possibly giving anything away since it is a thriller.

As other reviewers have noted, the chapters are set up based on the point of view of several of the main characters. I thought this was an excellent way to tell this particular story. I do agree that there was little distinction between the various voices. However, it was clear, based on their narriatives, who each individual chapter was about. While this is far from award-winning fiction, it is also nowhere near as amateurish as others have described it. It is an entertaining read. I give this four instead of five stars because of the fact that the "voices" of each character could have been more distinct. Otherwise, I had no negative criticism for this novel.

I would recommend this book to others. As a matter of fact, I already have recommended this book to others (and I don't work at Borders). Worth a read, especially on a lazy day when the mind wants challenged but the body wants to rest.

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review by . April 01, 2011
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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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ISBN-10: 077832740X
ISBN-13: 978-0778327400
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Publisher: Mira

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