The Weight of Silence is the final book in the TV Book Club’s Summer Reads selection and as I’m drawn to books about families in crisis I decided to give it a try.
The book follows two families who wake one morning to discover that their 7-year-old daughters have disappeared. A frantic hunt for them begins with suspicion for their disappearance thrown on numerous people throughout the story.
The book was fast paced and made up almost entirely of dialogue – this combined with the fact that the book was narrated by six different people meant that I felt I was just skimming the surface, never really getting to know any of the individual characters or the motivations for their actions. I was dragged along by the action, forced to turn the page by the continual end-of-chapter cliff hangers, but never felt any emotional connection to the characters.
There were some tender moments and I especially liked this paragraph about marriage:
But these moments of genius were rare and I ended the book feeling a bit disappointed. The resolution to the mystery of the girls’ disappearance wasn’t particularly original or surprising and I felt that certain plot points were a bit dubious.
Overall this was a light, entertaining read, but I don’t expect to remember much about it next year.
Opinion seems to be divided:
….a gripping, suspenseful novel which the reader will find unputdownable. Lovely Treez Reads
I do think that the book could have done with a tad more spit and polish… The Book Whisperer
It’s a book that could dredge up emotions and encourage conversations that need to take place. Word Lily
…compelling plot and unique structure, but lacks some depth when it comes to the central relationship of the story. Sophisticated Dorkiness