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The Weight of Silence

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Great book! Must read!

Very rarely do you find a book so good that you stay up half the night reading it, then feel sad on the last page, because it is over. This book had me wrapped up in the story from the very beginning. I cannot wait to read Ms. Gudenkauf's next book!

posted by Nora920 on July 29, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Could have been better!

First of all, can someone please tell me if they noticed that in some parts of the book it said Calli hadn't spoken in three years and in other parts of the book, it said Calli hadn't spoken in four years? Which one was it, three years or four years? And second, did we ...
First of all, can someone please tell me if they noticed that in some parts of the book it said Calli hadn't spoken in three years and in other parts of the book, it said Calli hadn't spoken in four years? Which one was it, three years or four years? And second, did we ever quite get to the point that we understood the actual plot? Griff??? What's with the woods that everyone loves so much but have no real reason to be there other than to add page numbers? The climax was so thin, the entire book was a waste of time. Without adding a spoiler, Heather, ANYTHING would've been more plausible than the bluff conclusion. Too much spent on nothing and not enough spent on the stuff that could made this book a great read!!!!

posted by 1510553 on December 10, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    The Weight of Silence

    Slowest book I have ever read. I read the author's two other books and they were good. I finished those other books in less than five days. This one I think is not her best book written and took me a good month and half because I dreaded reading it since it was slow and boring to me. The book could not hold my attention as the other two books did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    Disappointing at best

    I found the story boring and skimmed through most of the book just to find out the ending, which was disappointing as well. The characters were one-dimensional uninteresting and the story was predictable. There wasn't any story within the book except to find out "who done it" at the end. I usually find first time authors writing refreshing because they usually come with a fresh story and then fall into a pattern of writing what is popular instead of what is a good story to them. This was your typical JOdi Picoult type book.. Nothing new here.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Can't even get past page 50

    Sure, the cover seems gripping and makes the story appear interesting, but realistically, the novel is quite awkwardly written.
    So much so that I, a hardcore book reader that will read almost everything, can't even get past page 50.

    Each short chapter flits between several charactors and it feels like you have a multiple personality disorder.
    10 Pages in, I could tell that the story was going to be unoriginal; like it was trying too hard.

    Maybe if I could get past the reader block this novel gets me, i could find the story is actually gripping and emotional, but I don't feel this is likely

    In short, i would suggest not purchasing this novel.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    The Weight of Silence Lacks Weight

    The Weight of Silence was an impulse buy for me. I picked it up as I was checking out, and the clerk assured me that the BN employees that had read it had loved it. I scanned the back, and saw that the setting was Iowa, and since I am a lifelong Iowan, I bought it.

    I was frustrated by most of the characters. They didn't seem fully fleshed-out, and I had a hard time caring about any of them. The plot was thin, and I wasn't very surprised by the ending. In fact, the only person in the book that I really had any emotion for was the school counselor, and he wasn't even a major player.

    I also though that setting it in Iowa was pointless. I'm not sure where the author lives or was born, but it almost seemed like she'd never been here. She could just have easily set it in Idaho, or Ohio...
    There was no flavor of the people here, no idiosyncratic Iowa traits, and except for the mention of a couple of the bigger cities and the Mississippi River, no identifiable landmarks that would actually make you feel like you were "placed" here. It was like she wrote it while looking at a map.

    The writing itself was fine--there was nothing annoying about the author's style. The book just didn't capture and hold my attention very well.

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