Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Weight of Silence

Book: The Weight of Silence
Author: Heather Gudenkauf

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.-Goodreads

Review: After 7 year old best friends go missing in the middle of the night, their parents and town come together to find them. Told in alternating narratives, we follow multiple people including the girls themselves. I normally enjoy seeing how stories like this unfold and understanding the different perspectives. In this case we know almost immediately where the girls are (although not how it will end) so that killed any tension in the story. One of the girls, Calli, is a selective mute. It was revealed very early on why she didn't speak but it was also presented as a big revelation at the end of the book (albeit in a tad more detail), which was strange. That said, this was still a page turner and I was engaged to see how the story would end. 

Grade: 3/5

No comments: