The Weight of Silence

The Weight of Silence

Book - 2009
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"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 questions of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets."--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2009.
ISBN: 9780778327400
Branch Call Number: FIC GUDENKA
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 05, 2019

4 1/2-5 stars. This was a terrific book that had me thinking about it any time I had to put the book down and do things in real life, something that doesn't happen very often. Two little girls, Petra and Calli, are great friends. Calli lives with her family that includes a drunk and mean Dad, a cowed Mom and a 12 year old brother, Ben. When Calli was 4, her Dad was drunk and mean as a snake and arguing with her 7 month pregnant wife and she ended up falling down the stairs and losing the baby, quite traumatically. Since that day, Calli doesn't speak, which causes her no end of problems both at home, with her Dad, and at school. But Petra seems to understand Calli and looks out for her. And one morning these two families wake up to find their 7 year old girls missing. This was such a good book and it grabbed me quite quickly and had me turning pages throughout, wanting to see what the next revelation would be. A terrific read.

ladydebv Nov 16, 2014

I love this author's stories and her writing style.. Her stories are so engaging. This was a book you could not put down. It is about 2 little girls who disappear and the search to find them. the chapters are written from the perspective of some of the people involved - one of the girls, the parents, the law enforcement officers, siblings. Makes the story very interesting. It is a suspenseful book which keeps you guessing till the end.

rottmana May 04, 2011

Great book! I loved the suspense! First book I've read from this author, and I'm sure to read more!

Dec 09, 2010

Really fast read, i think I was done with it in 5 hours or so. It's an interesting book, great story, but the end seems rather abrupt; like the author ran out of time and absolutely had to end the book.

Jan 27, 2010

Good, fast-paced read. A bit too simplistic for me.


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