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ISBN: 0778319377

ISBN13: 9780778319375

The Weight of Silence

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The runaway New York Times bestseller--over half a million copies in print It happens quietly one hot August morning in Iowa: two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Seven-year-old Calli Clark suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy when she was a toddler. Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend--and her voice. But neither girl has been heard from since they vanished. Now, Calli and Petra's parents...

Customer Reviews

9 ratings

Awesome read!

This book draws you in and will not let go. The suspense makes you turn pages.

Absolutely loved it

A great book, must read

Could not put this down

Heather is an amazing author. This book had me from the first page of the prologue. I loved how she switched to different characters for each chapter. Everytime I thought I figured out the ending I was wrong. I love that I had no idea until the last page. This was a binge reading book, I couldn't put it down.

This book is very well written. The characters are very well developed and the plot moves right along, holding your interest.

The Weight of Silence

The Weight of Silence is a debut novel by Heather Gudenkauf. I started the book this morning, and have finished it this afternoon. I couldn't put it down, I just had to get to the ending and see how the story would unfold. Callie is a selective mute. Petra is Callie's best friend and acts as Callie's voice. The two girls go missing, and from there the story takes you on many twist and turns while their parents and police look for them. The book is told from many different points of views that switch off throughout it. I liked this because you got a glimpse as to what each person was going through and how they saw the events that played out. I enjoyed the book, and its bittersweet ending, and would definitely recommend it.

tense dark family drama

In Willow Creek, Iowa, Griff Clark has gone fishing when his wife Antonia awakens from her sleep to find their seven years old daughter Calli gone. She is worried because this is not normal for her child who has been mute for three years after a run in with her abusive father. Checking with the neighbors, Antonia learns that Calli's best friend Petra Gregory is also not home. Distraught, Antonia turns to her long term friend, Deputy Sheriff Loras Louis to learn what has happened to her daughter. He arranges a manhunt even as he hides how much he loves Antonia from her. Although it takes a minor adjustment, as the perspective rotates between five key players, this is a tense dark family drama that hooks the audience from the moment Antonia wakes up to the worst that could happen to her; much more so than the beatings from her abusive spouse. The realistic story line is fast-paced even with the rotating viewpoints, but never lightens up; so is not for everyone as the aptly titled THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE is very heavy as "Silence like a cancer grows" (Simon and Garfunkle's The Sounds of Silence). Harriet Klausner

A real nail-biter.

I was given the opportunity to read this book before its release and I have been telling everyone about it since. I found myself totally absorbed in the story and the characters. And like others, could not put it down. In fact I became so involved in the story that it felt like the search for the girls would stop if I didn't keep reading! The author did a great job of building the suspense, pulling me in and giving out just the right amount of information to keep me guessing. A "suspense" novel that truely is suspenseful.


I read this book in one sitting and was up til 1:30 am finishing it. This is an awesome debut book. Fans of Jodi Picoult will love this un-put-down-able novel.

A wonderful read!

I couldn't put this down, from the very first page. Each of the characters was so real, and the author put us in the mind of each. Two girls are missing, a nightmare for a small town where everyone knows each other, or thinks that they do. I'll be looking forward to more by this author!
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