the-weight-of-silence-by-heather-gudenkaufReviewed by Amanda B.

Calli Clark is a seven-year old that suffers from selective mutism brought on by a horrible tragedy from when she was just a toddler. Calli lives with her kind and devoted mother and her mostly absent, angry, alcoholic father. Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend and her voice. She understands Calli like no other and knows what Calli wants, or needs to say.

One August morning, as dawn is approaching, both families awaken to find that their little girls have gone missing during the night. Calli’s mother denies that her husband had anything to do with their abduction, but starts to fear that her decision to stay in the abusive marriage may now have cost her more than just her daughter’s beautiful voice.

Everyone in the town, including Calli’s older brother Ben, is searching the woods surrounding the girls’ homes. Ben is the one to find the girls and is horrified when he walks up. What does he see? Whom did he find and are they alive or dead? If it’s only Calli, will she be able to overcome her mutism and speak, or is the answer trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets?

The Weight of Silence started out very slow and was hard to get interested in at first. Each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, which caused the story to be somewhat jumpy and made it difficult to get a good feel of each personal character. As the story unfolded, however, I couldn’t put the book down. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to become of everyone. I enjoyed reading this book and it is one that I will probably pick up to read again later on.

Amanda resides in North West Georgia and is a mother of two young boys. She received a degree in Early Childhood Education, specializes in computers and runs a daycare. She is hardly ever found without a book in her a hand, reading at least five books a week.