The Weight of Silence

Monday, February 8, 2010

Synopsis: Petra, a 7-year-old young girl, is a selective mute. She has been for years now, but not all her life. Nobody really knows why she is, but one day about 4 years ago, she just suddenly stopped talking.
Then one day, Petra has gone missing. When her parents found out, they started calling the police and all of her friends. It turns out that Petra's best friend, Callie, is also missing.
In this novel, Callie is the narrator, speaking not only for herself, but for Petra as well.

Review: I liked this book because the premise and the main characters were really interesting. Also, I liked it because of the many different themes involved and that all of them were tackled carefully and delicately. It also intrigued me with its mysterious situations and events, that lead to a satisfying conclusion.

The writing overall is okay. The plot is generally comparable to Jodi Picoult's. (Picoult writes better) And though this is not exactly an "incredible" book that I am raving that much about, I would recommend it if you're looking for a dramatic, dark-secret-in-families sort of a story. It is a bit on the heavier side of things, when it comes to its story line and background, but simple and straight-forward nonetheless.

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