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Book Review “The Weight of Silence”

Posted on | November 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

The NYT bestseller, WEIGHT OF SILENCE, has received praise and kudos up the gazoo. Yes, it’s a great read, a page turner, but great literature it’s not. In one sitting, maybe an hour and a half, I read about 1/3 of the book…exceptionally fast for me. I wasn’t focused on the prose, the beauty of the language, or the complexity of the characters; no, I was focused on the plot. What will happen next? With great literature, I often stop to re-read an imaginative description, write down an unusual turn of phrase, pore over great dialogue, marvel at the character’s interior world. You get the picture. But with this novel, while I’ll admit its multiple points-of-view are skillfully done, and it’s the perfect beach book, or one to curl up with in front of a fire when it’s snowing outside, what keeps me reading is the need to find out what happens in the end. Let me know what you think.

p.s. Don’t get me wrong, readers, I wish I’d written the novel! For lots of reasons! Now go, write your own book! Or read The Weight of Silence!

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One Response to “Book Review “The Weight of Silence””

  1. Janet
    November 14th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    I thought the book was fantastic…couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Suspenseful and well written…and an easy read. But I agree with your assessment that it is the perfect beach book–quick and captivating!

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