BOOK REVIEW: The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf


ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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.


I was surprised by the first two chapters of the book.  I thought they were giving the entire story away until I got further into it.  It ended up that there were several twists and turns in the plot, right up to the very end, and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I did not like that the narrative rotated between characters – each chapter being told from the perspective of a different person in the story.  I got used to it, but it was just odd for me.

That said, the story is beautiful and sad, suspenseful and heart-wrenching.  If you like Lifetime movies, you’ll enjoy this book. 

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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