Thanks to my friend Megan for loaning this one to me! First off, the cover picture is intense, no? Little pink dress, bruised and dirty arms, broken silver necklace behind the back. You know it’s gonna have some major big stuff going on already, don’t you. What I didn’t realize or expect was that this entire novel takes place over about 48 hours. I flew through this one because of it. Every second and every minute was packed with tension.
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf is the story of two little girls, best friends, one who doesn’t speak, and one who understands everything about her despite it. Calli hasn’t spoken in years, every since her abusive father whispered some unknown nothings in her tiny little ear. But she is our anchor in this book. We follow her as her drunk father takes her into the nearby woods one morning without anyone knowing where she is or who she is with. In the meantime, Calli’s best friend Petra also leaves her house, lured away by who knows what- or who. Next comes the hunt for the missing children, leading to an examination of the lives of these young ladies and the families they come from.
Lot of suspense! Lots of worry about these poor little girls! Lots of anger at these terrible adults who let terrible things happen to their children- or even perpetrate terrible things themselves! I didn’t always think the writing was spot on, and sometimes I couldn’t quite believe in the stupidity or ignorance of the adults. But this is a fast cover-to-cover read that will keep you glued to your seat!