One of the hundred books a year I read:

One of the hundred books a year I read:


The Weight of Silence

Heather Gudenkauf

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Two young girls—best friends—go missing in a small town where, a year earlier, another child was abducted and murdered. The stories of the frantic families and the law enforcement search are told from multiple points-of-view, including that of one of the two young girls, a seven-year-old who has been mute for several years. By seeing the story from so many angles, the reader knows more than any character, but many of the characters’ perceptions are skewed by their own lack of knowledge. As revelations are made one-by-one, the young girl’s Weight of Silence is eased.

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