The Weight of Silence

The Weight of Silence

by Gregg Olsen


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A heart-pounding novel of unspeakable crimes and unforgivable sins from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Rain.

Homicide detective Nicole Foster has finally balanced an unsteady life and is anxious for a second chance. There’s no better place to start over than at the beginning—back at her childhood home on the Washington coast, where’s she raising her niece and keeping an eye on her increasingly fragile father. But Nicole’s past is never truly behind her—not when a disturbing new case stirs dark memories of the haunting investigation that shattered her career.

In the middle of the hottest August in a century, a toddler is found dead inside a parked car. Her father says he forgot her. It’s an unthinkable crime. And for Nicole, it’s made all the more unbearable by her own suffocating secrets—those shared by an old rival who has reappeared from the shadows and is pushing Nicole to the edge once again.

Now, wherever the truth lies, solving this case and avenging an unforgivable death is the most important move in Nicole’s career. But to see it through to the end, how far is she willing to go? And what is she prepared to risk this time?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503901353
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Series: Nicole Foster Thriller Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 530,183
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen has written more than twenty books, including the first book in the Nicole Foster series, The Sound of Rain. Known for his ability to create vivid and fascinating narratives, he’s appeared on multiple television and radio shows and news networks, such as Good Morning America, Dateline, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and MSNBC. In addition, Olsen has been featured in Redbook, People, and Salon magazine, as well as in the Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post.

Both his fiction and nonfiction works have received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including prominence on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Washington State officially selected his young adult novel, Envy, for the National Book Festival, and The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year.

A Seattle native who lives with his wife in rural Washington State, Olsen’s already at work on his next thriller. Visit him at, or follow him on Twitter @Gregg_Olsen.

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The Weight of Silence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Macsbooks More than 1 year ago
Gregg Olsen has delivered once again - a taut, well-written police procedural that will keep you on the edge of your seat!  I have no idea why I waited so long to read The Weight of Silence by Gregg_Olsen when I know that his books always are going to amazing. Of course this one is no exception!  The Weight of Silence is the follow-up to Olsen's bestseller, The Sound of Rain, where we first met Detective Nicole Foster. Foster is back after her catastrophic downward spiral in The Sound of Rain and ready for a second chance. She's moved back to her childhood home on the Washington coast to care for her niece Emma and begin "fresh" in a new department. Of course, the past never really is buried and her sociopathic sister, Stacey, is not going to let Nicole's past stay in the past for long.  The story is two-fold: the majority of the theme is an extremely well written police procedural where Nicole and her partner, Carter, are investigating the worst kind of case - the death of a child. The parents insist at every opportunity available that the child's death was an accident. But was it really? Methodical policing may prove otherwise. As the case progresses, Olsen gives us an in-depth examination of Nicole's current life - her intense love for her niece, her "family" which includes an aging pooch and her Alzheimer ridden father. We learn more about Nicole's gambling addiction and the strength she uses to overcome it every single day. To say that Olsen is a master of character development is understatement. He is brilliant. Ultimately Nicole's past and present converge at a climactic conclusion that is extremely satisfying on both fronts.  There are times when I think that suspense/mystery/thrillers all are blending together and merely re-telling the same plot over and over again. With The Weight of Silence I am reminded how wonderful it is when the genre is done right.  Five highly recommended Stars to The Weight of Silence! 
sarah53121 More than 1 year ago
Thank you NetGalley for the copy of The Weight of Silence by Gregg Olsen that I read and reviewed. This was the second Nicole Foster Thriller and I did not love it as much as I did the first book but I did not hate this book either. This book was centered around the death of a one year old child in a hot car and so it was a very deep subject and was bit hard to read. It also dealt with a lot of Nicole's family issues so you got to learn a lot about Nicole and what she had to deal with and how she was going to deal with her family and her family issues. I think the thing that I had the problem with this book was the child's death. It was just so hard to wrap ones mind around that a parent would do that to their own child. Overall, this was a really good book and it was a great way to get deeper into the life of Nicole Foster and what makes her tick. There was also a number of plot twist and turns that keeps the book true that thriller that you are expecting to get from Olsen. I am giving The Weight of Silence five out of five stars.
StephenBReviews More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read by any standards. There are two things that stand out for me. One, I kept forgetting the author is male. His protagonist is a thirty-something (nearer forty than thirty?) female detective, Nicole Foster. The author writes in a first person point of view throughout the novel so the reader is seeing, feeling all through "female" eyes.That makes me query whether female readers also "forgot" the author was a male or could they tell? It's an interesting point. The second thing was the really neat book ends. A mirror image of the same scene both in the prologue and closing chapter. It worked. The homicide investigation was in itself fascinating as were the characters of the main suspects. The homicide was so different than the usual run-of-the mill shootings and stabbings etc though nonetheless horrific. What could be more horrific than a toddler left to "cook" inside a car during a heatwave? Foster and her fellow detective have to determine whether this was a deliberate act or a tragic accident. But strange as it may seem, the investigation took a back seat (pun intended) to the personal demons Detective Foster had to deal with. That is the fascinating part of this book and kudos to the author for pulling it off magnificently. This is Book #2 in the Nicole Foster series but it can be read as a standalone. I did. I now need to read Book #1 'The Sound of Rain.' Thank you to the publisher for providing me with s free digital copy of this book through NetGalley. I was under no obligation to review it and all opinions expressed are my own.
toReadistoEscape More than 1 year ago
I didn’t love this book. I had a hard time getting interested in the characters and I did not like the authors writing style. I might have enjoyed the book more if I had read the first book in the series. It seemed the author was referring to a backstory I wasn’t aware of. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If this review was helpful to you please click the link below.
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
The Weight Of Silence – Gregg Olsen I was fortunate to receive this novel from as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Nicole Foster is a Detective with the Aberdeen, California PD, who, partnered with Carter Hanson, is called upon to investigate the death of a toddler left in a hot car. In a scene reminiscent of the Harris incident in 2014, a distraught driver has pulled over in a mall parking lot and is screaming. His baby girl, left in the hot car for the entire workday, is deceased. Nicole has her own problems. As a mother figure to her niece Emma, and sister to a sociopath named Stacy, and provider for her Alzheimer’s afflicted father, she also has overcome a large career mis-step that resulted in a firing from a former law enforcement position, along with a gambling addiction that had left her homeless. Aberdeen PD is her chance at redemption. As the investigation into the death of little Ally Tomlinson intensifies, it becomes quickly apparent that there is more to the story than a toddler forgotten in a hot car. Timelines don’t all match and cameras and computers hold hidden clues for the detectives. Meanwhile, Nicole learns the hard way that her sister has returned, and has set her sights on Emma… Another fabulous read from Gregg Olsen! I couldn’t put it down! A gritty police procedural about human relationships, the dynamics of sisterhood, and the dark recesses of the pathological mind.
TarrahMarie More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series, this was read as a stand-alone in my case. It worked as such, I do not feel I missed out on any character development or plot misalignment. The story itself was alluring and multifaceted. It does deal with the darker subject of child neglect and death, so sensitive readers should be aware. Homicide detective, Nicole Foster, is attempting to start life over in her small hometown. She is determined to escape her past. One that includes bad choices in men, addiction, and a narcissistic sister. For the past three years she has been raising her niece, taking care of her aging father, and working to regain her reputation as a good cop. As Nicole is beginning to find balance in her new life, a startling new case threatens to throw her off course. She receives a call from her partner, Detective Carter Hansen, to find that a toddler has been found dead inside her father’s car. As they begin to work what seems to be a straight forward case, Nicole and Carter find that everything and everyone is not as they appear. Simultaneously, Nicole’s memories of a past case that almost ended her career and cost her everything comes crashing forward. She is thrown into the lies and deception surrounding her sister’s life and she is forced to an awakening that she must either continue to bare the weight of keeping silent or find the strength to do what’s right. This book is an easy 4 stars. I hesitate on 5 because of the lack of closure we are left with involving some of the tertiary subjects. While understanding that this is a series and that the bigger story lines can, understandably, be carried over and left to linger, the reader does not want to be left without remedy on internal plots within the book itself. That being said, this is a great read. Olsen’s story is dynamic and the character twists are remarkable.
cristieu More than 1 year ago
The author wrote a stellar second book for his series that would just as easily been enjoyable as a stand alone book. The relationship between Nicole and Stacey was a great subplot, but this relationship could easily be its own book with all of the issues simmering under the surface. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
Detective Nicole Foster is back in her hometown having gotten a second chance to do the work she loves. Her mother left her and her sister, Stacy, when they were young and younger sister Stacy out shined Nicole as they grew up. Stacy's husband died in an explosion and Nicole is raising their daughter, Emma. A 1-year-old baby girl dies in a hot car when her father forgot to take her to daycare. Nicole and her partner, Carter Hanson, are working the case. This is an exciting book with lots of twists, turns and surprises in it. There are some very interesting characters and some great story lines that all tie in nicely as the book progresses. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good detective story.