Book Review: THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE by Heather Gudenkauf | Off the ShelfPrologue Antonia Louis and I see you nearly at the same time. In the woods, through the bee trees whose heavy, sweet smell will forever remind me of this day, I see flashes of your pink summer nightgown that you wore to bed last night. My chest loosens and I am shaky with relief. I scarcely notice your scratched legs, muddy knees, or the chain in your hand. I reach out to gather you in my arms, to hold you so tight, to lay my cheek on your sweaty head. I will never wish for you to speak, never silently beg you to talk.
The Weight of Silence
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The Weight of Silence can be very heavy indeed. It can make you feel slow, lost, helpless and scared. When reading the book titled The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf one can feel slow, lost, helpless, scared and annoyed. They all are in the expansive woods that line the community in Iowa where the story takes place. But the side-swipe came from so far past left field that I was very put out. Sometimes this way of storytelling can be distracting in a book but it worked here. All in all the writing was very good but the story seemed to drag and then speed up, drag and then speed up throughout.
As two seven year old girls are found missing from their beds, Calli a selective mute and Petra her best friend, the search begins in the woods near their home with Calli's father, a mean drunk who is supposedly away on a fishing trip a likely suspect. The story is told from each character's perspective, Ben, Calli's brother, the girl's parents and Assistant Sheriff Louis, Cal. The story is told from each character's perspective, Ben, Calli's brother, the girl's parents and Assistant Sheriff Louis, Calli's mothers' high school sweetheart. Really enjoyed it! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Both are seven years old and have been missing for at least sixteen hours. Calli Clark is a dreamer. A sweet, gentle girl, Callie suffers from selective mutism, brought on by a tragedy she experienced as a toddler. Her mother Antonia tries her best to help, but is trapped in a marriage to a violent husband. As support turns to suspicion, it seems the answers lie trapped in the silence of unspoken secrets.
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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Calli Clark is a dreamer. A sweet, gentle girl, Callie suffers from selective mutism, brought on by a tragedy she experienced as a toddler. Her mother Antonia tries her best to help, but is confined by marriage to a violent husband. But neither Petra nor Calli have been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. As support turns to suspicion, it seems the answers lie trapped in the silence of unspoken secrets. The story is spread over a sixteen hour period when two 7 year old girls both vanish from their houses on the same night, without a trace. Her best friend, Petra, understands Calli and acts as her mouthpiece to other friends and adults alike.
Title: The Weight of Silence. One Sentence Summary: Best friends Callie and Petra go missing one morning, and the search for the girls brings out a host of secrets a small town was trying to avoid. Long Summary: Seven-year-olds Callie and Petra are best friends. Fearing the worst, a search begins for the two missing girls which drives the rest of the story forward. The feature that makes the book stand out for me is the that the story was told through multiple voices — various characters each have sections where you get to hear directly from them. I thought Gudenkauf did a great job capturing each of the unique voices, and the technique helped to show how much the different characters were not able to tell each other. I also thought the plot of the book — the search for the two girls — was compelling and entertaining; I stayed up pretty late for a few nights in a row because I was so eager to finish the book.