The Weight of Silence

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Large Print Distribution, 2009 - Fiction - 487 pages
28 Reviews
It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.

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.

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The writing style is gorgeous. - Goodreads
Here is where I have trouble with the plot. - Goodreads
It goes back to my idea of the quick, tidy ending. - Goodreads
This is the premise of The Weight of Silence. - Goodreads
The prose itself is pretty solid. - Goodreads
The writing is very amateurish. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Funmi Adetunji - Goodreads

This book strikes me as the work of a beginning author. The writing is amateurish, and the characters are extremely under-developed. The narrator switches between several main characters, but as one ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

I'm not even going to bother continuing this tripe. A super duper wonderful little girl is a selective mute, and one morning she and another super duper wonderful little girl go missing. There's not a ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Heather Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education. She works as a Title I Reading Coordinator. She has written several books including The Weight of Silence, These Things Hidden, and One Breath Away.

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