The Weight of Silence
Seven-year-old Calli Clark suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy suffered as a toddler. Calli's mother, Antonia, has tried her best within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, of ...more
Calli and her best friend Petra go missing in the middle of the night. The suspicion is kidnapping, her alcoholic father the prime susp ...more
The basic plotline has been touched on already...two young girls, (one of who is a selective mute, for reasons unknown to anyone) neighbors and best friends, each go missing one morning and their families and the town sheriff go l ...more
One thing I liked was that, though the author toys with the oh-so-trendy multiple narrator/first person writing in each chapter, the chapters from Calli, a select mute's, perspective were in third person past tense. An interesting choice which bodes well for future writing, but it didn't really play off ...more
The characters Ben and Petra especially touched my heart.
"You ran upstairs to your room and wouldn't even look at me for the next ten days. But I knew you were sorry. I kept f ...more
So let's go through our stock character collection: We've got the ...more
This novel, set in rural, small-town Iowa on a hot summer day, centers around the tragic day in the lives of two American families. Two seven year old girls, neighbours and best friends to one another, go missing from their respective homes on the same early summer morning. The novel chronicles the search for the missing girls.
I love mysteries and suspenseful reads, but I generally anticipate these t ...more
For the most part this was an enjoyable read. Just a couple of things bugged me.
The first was the multiple narrators. The chapters all read the same to me. If I got interrupted I often had to scroll back to the beginning of the chapter to find out who's pov it was.
The side story of Petra felt like an after thought.
And the ending. Everything was tied up a just little to neatly and left me feeling flat.
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Calli Clark is a young girl, five or six years old, in a ...more
At four years of age little Callie stopped talking due to something her father said to her on one particular day but no one knows about this other than Callie herself. Callie’s mother Antonia is hear ...more
The author does well at developing the characters. She makes sure that you love some characters and hate others. Intially, I was disappointed because I thought I had predicted the ending but I was so very wrong. It took a completely different turn toward the end. There were some moments, however, that I thought the author went into ...more
June pick #1 per Nomes.
It's amazing how not really all that much happened in this book, but how completely engrossed I was. It is pretty much a 24 hour timeline story, which I usually am not gaga over, but this one is an exception. The writing style is gorgeous. The characters are likeable. And, that ending..... I can't even claim to be a cool kid who predicted it.... Seriously, I was suprised!
Spoilers lie ahead....................
Callie is a selective mute, i.e., the ...more
2 young girls go missing one early morning and this book follows the day from many different character perspectives. Each chapter changes to another person and their take on what is going on. The way that the novel was laid out held my attention and made it really easy to keep reading right through it. I couldn't wait to see what happened in the end. I loved how when one chapter ended, the next chapter picked up right where the last one left off, without leaving ...more
The story unfolds from the point of view of the mother of one child and the father of another, also the first girl's brother and the detective involved in the case.
This is a book which it is easy to get engrossed in and the author does a great job in getting the different 'voices' ( ironic too!!) to come through. The first girl wh ...more
The stories of each character is very interesting.. Calli is my favorite, a 7-year old year who goes mute at around 4-years old and she becomes friends with Petra, who is her voice.
The two little girls go missing and everyone is trying to find out what happened to them and where they are.
Ben, Calli's brother is my second favorite character and then I like the story of Calli's mother, Antonia. ...more
As two seven year old girls are found missing from their beds, Calli a selective mute and Petra her best friend, the search begins in the woods near their home with Calli's father, a mean drunk who is supposedly away on a fishing trip a likely suspect. The story is told from each character's perspective, Ben, Calli's brother, the girl's parents and Assistant Sheriff Louis, Cal...more
All the characters have a voice(this seems to be a trend in books lately),so chapters are devoted to each characters perspective in the story. While of late I have found this an annoying trend, this book makes it work.
At times distressing and heart-breaking, but ultimately satisfying, this story kept me turning the page til the very end.
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