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Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.
Gudenkauf's tightly plotted debut packs a lot of unsavory doings into a few unfortunate summer days in Willow Creek, Iowa. Seven-year-old Calli Clark hasn't spoken a word in the three years since a particularly nasty run-in with her violent, wife-beating father, Griff. During a bender, Griff suddenly decides to haul his mute daughter into the nearby forest, where they get lost. At the same time, Calli's best friend Petra goes missing, and a manhunt is launched, led by deputy sheriff Loras Louis, who still carries a torch for Calli's mother. Gudenkauf moves the story forward at a fast clip and is adept at building tension. There's a particular darkness to her heartland, rife as it is with predators and the walking wounded, and her unsentimental take on the milieu manages to find some hope without being maudlin. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Gudenkauf's fast-paced and compelling debut novel centers on the lives of two seven-year-old girls who go missing in a small Iowa town and is told through the points of view of six protagonists, three children and three adults. As the story unfolds, these memorable characters reveal insights into small-town life, childhood friendships, and alcohol and familial abuse. Narrators Eliza Foss, Therese Plummer, Tony Ward, Andy Paris, Jim Colby, and Cassandra Morris beautifully and effectively render the multiple perspectives, giving each character a unique voice. Between the writing, the characters, the setting, the action, and the narration, this is one audiobook that will be hard to forget. Highly recommended.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel." -Tess Gerritsen "Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful." -Diane Chamberlain "Gudenkauf moves the story forward at a fast clip and is adept at building tension." -Publishers Weekly"