28 May 2010

book review: the weight of silence

HAPPY FRIDAY, Y'ALL! I got my first paycheck at the job today so I am going shopping this weekend!! I have waited, and waited, and waited for this day to come. So excited!

I have been reading two books at the same time over the past few weeks. I normally don't do that but I was in the middle of reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy when Brian's mom visited two weeks ago. She always brings me books to read that she and Sarah (Brian's sister) have already read. One night, Brian and the fellas were watching some sports game and I was bored... South of Broad was in my car and I didn't feel like going to get it (how lazy am I)... so, I picked up The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf and started reading it. & I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.

Description from the back of the book:

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.

My thoughts:

This book was so well-written, in my opinion. I love how the chapters are broken down into the voices of each of the characters. I love when books are written so that you can see the story from each of the character's point of view. This is one of the main reasons I love Jodi Picoult's writing style, as well.

Gudenkauf's writing was very easy to read. I hate when authors use ridiculously big words that are unnecessary. The characters in the book were very likable and easy to relate to. The story just sucks you right in and has you wondering what will happen next!

Recommend to Others: DEFINITELY.

1 comment :

  1. I so badly want to read this book now. I love Jodi Picoult too because you hear all sides of the story. I need this book!