Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Book Review - The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

The Weight of Silence
Heather Gudenkauf
ISBN # 978-0778327400

Imagine that your 7 year old daughter, and her best friend, have gone missing. It's not unusual for them to hang out together, but there is usually a trusted adult with them.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf is a comedy of tragic errors. Neighbors turn against neighbors in their fear and desperation to find Calli and Petra. Old grievances come to light and new secrets are uncovered. Gudenkauf builds a delicious suspense. You'll be turning the pages quickly, driven to find out what happened to these two little girls. There is a plot twist at the end that will leave you gasping.
(July 2009, pp 384, $13.95)

I was given the opportunity to review The Weight of Silence through Trish at TLC Book Tours. To follow the tour, click any of the links below -

Monday, August 17th: Book, Line, and Sinker

Wednesday, August 19th: Virtual Wordsmith

Thursday, August 20th: Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?

Monday, August 24th: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, August 26th: Bookstack

Friday, August 28th: Beth’s Book Review Blog

Monday, August 31st: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Tuesday, September 1st: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness

Thursday, September 3rd: Word Lily

Monday, September 7th: Jenn’s Bookshelf

Tuesday, September 8th: Book-a-Rama

Thursday, September 10th: Write Meg

The publisher is offering a coupon code SILENCE10 for 10% off, and it’s effective August 1 - September 15 at eHQ for print or digital. The coupon can be redeemed at eharlequin.com.


Alissa said...

I actually wrote a somewhat similar novel, though mine involved two missing boys, and I'm sure the plot twist isn't the same. The Weight of Silence actually sounds like a much more riveting read than my still very rough and unpolished novel.

I also wanted to let you know I've nominated your blog for an award. Details are here:

Anonymous said...

i also reviewed this novel and really enjoyed it! i found gudenkauf's portrayal of children and their thoughts to be so realistic. the story line was fresh and didn't focus solely on the atrocity that is child abduction--there's hope shining through the darkness.

Anonymous said...

I'm always drawn to stories of missing children, even though as a mom they terrify me!

trish said...

I think Gudenkauf does a great job of ratcheting up the suspense. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this new author!

Thanks for participating in the tour, Mary!

coffeelvnmom said...

Really liked this book - as a first time novelist I have been reading many debut authors (homework, in a way) and I have to say I was quite impressed! I will definitely recommend this book to others.

Heather Gudenkauf said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! I was so glad to read the comment that mentioned "there is hope shining through the darkness." This is a message that I really want to the reader to take away from The Weight of Silence.

All my best,
Heather Gudenkauf

Laughing Stars said...

Your review really grabs a reader's interest! :-) I'm linking to this post at my blog.