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Heather Gudenkauf - Author

About the Author

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence. Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment, Heather tended to use books as a retreat and escape the world around her. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.

 

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Featured books by Heather Gudenkauf

Little Mercies

Little Mercies

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2014

As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children. That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery. But with a blink of an eye - with one small mistake - Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for. Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her. Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but good-for-nothing father since her mother left them. When her father decides to pack their belongings and move to a new state, Jenny thinks she might be on the road to a better life. But soon she finds herself on her own, forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. Evading police and the social system, Jenny finds refuge with a kind-hearted waitress. The last thing she needs is a social worker, but when Ellen and Jenny's lives collide unexpectedly, little do they know just how much they can help one another. Praise for Heather Gudenkauf: 'This will have you gripped until the last page' - Closer 'Deeply moving and lyrical' - Company 'A memorable read' - Sunday Express 'totally gripping' - Marie Claire 'Set to become a bookclub staple' - The Guardian 'Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this' - Red

Other books by Heather Gudenkauf

Before She Was Found

Before She Was Found

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

`Eerily page-turning and wonderfully twisty.' Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author One of them knows what happened that night... For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover - movies and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences... Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted - not even those closest to her. But who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora - and why? A shocking, unputdownable thriller, perfect for fans of Claire Douglas, Lucy Clarke, Nuala Ellwood and Paula Daly.

Not a Sound

Not a Sound

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

`Brilliant.' Heat The Washington Post selected Not A Sound as one of `The Ten Best Thrillers and Mysteries of 2017' `I'm going to die tonight. But I won't go quietly.' Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. She regrets the first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back. Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen's naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next. But how do you catch a killer when you can't hear him coming? Bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf returns with a shocking, unputdownable thriller, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Paula Hawkins and B. A. Paris. Praise for Heather Gudenkauf: `This gripping tale will keep you up all night' - Heat `An action packed thriller.... Gudenkauf's best book yet!' - Mary Kubica `Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this great thriller' - Red Magazine `This tense tale keeps you hooked right up to the last page' - My Weekly `A great thriller' - Radio Times `A real page-turner' - Woman's Own `Tension builds as family secrets tumble from the closet' - Woman & Home `A gripping thriller' - Inside Soap `Deeply moving and lyrical...it will haunt you all summer' - Company `A powerhouse of a debut novel' - Tess Gerritsen `Totally gripping' - Marie Claire `Heart-pounding and compelling' - Diane Chamberlain

Not a Sound

Not a Sound

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2017

'I'm going to die tonight. But I won't go quietly.'Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. She regrets the first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back. Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen's naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next. But how do you catch a killer when you can't hear him coming?

Not A Sound

Not A Sound

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2017

'Brilliant.'HeatThe Washington Post selected Not A Sound as one of 'The Ten Best Thrillers and Mysteries of 2017''I'm going to die tonight. But I won't go quietly.'Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. She regrets the first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back.Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen's naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next.But how do you catch a killer when you can't hear him coming?Bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf returns with a shocking, unputdownable thriller, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Paula Hawkins and B. A. Paris.Praise for Heather Gudenkauf:'This gripping tale will keep you up all night' - Heat'An action packed thriller.... Gudenkauf's best book yet!' - Mary Kubica'Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this great thriller' - Red Magazine 'This tense tale keeps you hooked right up to the last page' - My Weekly'A great thriller' - Radio Times'A real page-turner' - Woman's Own'Tension builds as family secrets tumble from the closet' - Woman & Home'A gripping thriller' - Inside Soap'Deeply moving and lyrical...it will haunt you all summer' - Company'A powerhouse of a debut novel' - Tess Gerritsen'Totally gripping' - Marie Claire'Heart-pounding and compelling' - Diane Chamberlain

Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2016

New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf returns with a chilling thriller about a woman chasing clues into a decades-old mystery that could have shattering repercussions.Sarah Quinlan's husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, Iowa, where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.Upon arriving in Penny Gate, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years agobarely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia's accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack's past. But the farther in she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.

Little Mercies

Little Mercies

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2014

As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children. That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery. But with a blink of an eye - with one small mistake - Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for. Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her. Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but good-for-nothing father since her mother left them. When her father decides to pack their belongings and move to a new state, Jenny thinks she might be on the road to a better life. But soon she finds herself on her own, forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. Evading police and the social system, Jenny finds refuge with a kind-hearted waitress. The last thing she needs is a social worker, but when Ellen and Jenny's lives collide unexpectedly, little do they know just how much they can help one another. Praise for Heather Gudenkauf: 'This will have you gripped until the last page' - Closer 'Deeply moving and lyrical' - Company 'A memorable read' - Sunday Express 'totally gripping' - Marie Claire 'Set to become a bookclub staple' - The Guardian 'Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this' - Red

Little Lies

Little Lies

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

In this riveting prequel to her novel Little Mercies, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores how even the smallest lies can have far-reaching consequences.When the body of a woman is discovered in a local park - with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her - veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the police investigation. Positioned beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood, the crime is weighted with meaning and, Ellen discovers, remarkably similar to one from a decade past.Ellen's professional duty is to protect the child, but she's not equipped to contend with a killer. As she races to connect the dots, she knows her time is running out. And the stakes are high: if she fails, another mother is sure to make the ultimate sacrifice.

O Segredo Mais Negro

O Segredo Mais Negro

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2014

Allison e Brynn Glenn sao duas irmas que partilham um terrivel segredo. Apos cumprir uma pena de prisao, Allison esta de novo livre. Mas o segredo rapidamente regressa a sua vida, para a destruir. No foco do segredo esta agora uma crianca de cinco anos, cuja vida vai ser abalada, numa espiral de revelacoes cada vez mais inesperadas. O drama do final e revelador da complexa trama que enreda quatro mulheres, um moribundo e uma crianca inocente de cinco anos.

One Breath Away

One Breath Away

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the towns children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.

One Breath Away

One Breath Away

Author: Heather Gudenkauf Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the towns children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.