The Weight Of Silence Paperback – 18 October 2018
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- Publisher : HQ (18 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848457456
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848457454
- Customer Reviews:
‘Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this’
‘Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical’
‘Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful’
‘Set to become a bookclub staple’
‘This will have you gripped until the last page’
‘Deeply moving and lyrical’
‘A memorable read’
‘This gripping novel is moving and thought-provoking’
About the Author
Heather Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment, Heather tended to use books as a retreat and escape the world around her. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted. She is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels, including the TV Book Club pick, The Weight of Silence.
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In this one I really was quite taken by some of the quaint little observations she made.......for example a squirrel wringing its paws. You know that's what they do but for somebody with the proper words they bring that to life before your eyes. I like that. Some of the things Ben observed throughout and the way he described them I found very appealing as well. He was sweet.
Antonia I thought more than once a pretty atrocious mother at times with little backbone I wanted to shake !!
I got a bit baffled when it was mentioned that November of her senior year she was serious with somebody in a relationship but then on ensuing pages it seemed she was dating someone else in April of her senior year.....I flicked back 'n' forth but didn't get to the bottom of that puzzle.
I spotted a random space added into hap pen for no good reason and a missing one in collegeeducated then a dropped hyphen in faceto-face and she used hand and hand as opposed to hand in hand. That was IT for errors though so even I couldn't knock off a star for those !!
As I said, I'd really recommend you at least try this author.....you can thank me later !!
Then at almost exactly half way through, I changed my mind! Events in the second half of the book move very quickly and it became much more of a page-turner from that point on.
I thought it was generally well written. I was invested in the characters, particularly Ben and Callie. I enjoyed everyone's backstory and the different points of view from which they viewed the situation.
I agree with other reviewers that there wasn't as much depth to the story as there could have been. I was disappointed with the big reveal at the end, but obviously can't explain why due to spoilers! I also thought that the reason for Callie's selective mutism was explained far, far too early, which drained away any potential suspense from that part of the story.
However, I thought it was a gripping enough thriller and I would recommend it.
Kindle: the Kindle edition was well-formatted and had no errors.
This book had many twists and turns, it kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night! I just couldn't get enough, I had to know what the outcome would be. I must say I was not disappointed with the outcome, there is a few twists in this story that I certainly did not see coming! The characters are likable and believable, I became emotionally attached to them and continued to think about them when the story was over. For me that is the essence of a good book.
A fab read!!!
I loved the story and the characters and Heather writes so beautifully that I felt as if I wanted to be a part of it.
It was just brilliant and it conjured up all sorts of emotions including tears and smiles.
I would recommend this book to anyone give it a go you will enjoy it.