Monday, November 9, 2009

Book Review: "The Weight of Silence" by Heather Gudenkauf

Two seven-year-old girls, Calli and Petra, disappear from their homes in the wee hours of the morning. The girls are best friends, so their families assume at first that they must have gone somewhere together. But what really happened? Did Calli's dad actually go on the fishing trip he'd planned? Who caught Petra's attention while walking by her house? Calli knows the woods behind her house extremely well, but is she too scared to find her way back out? Can her big brother Ben find her? Oh yeah, the situation is more complicated because Calli doesn't talk.

If you like suspense stories with well-drawn characters, pick up this book. If you enjoy getting inside people's heads and figuring out why they do what they do, this book is for you. No one knows how they will react in horrific situations until they happen, but this story shows a few possible options. Relationships here are deep and messy, just like in real life, and sometimes, as in real life, true love just might win out.

Other books about missing children you might like:

The Deep End of the Ocean and its sequel No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacqueline Mitchard
Place Last Seen by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman

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