|"Still Missing" and a beautiful card from Rinda|
I tried reading it each evening in the half-hour before "lights out", but found that my sleep patterns were being affected by me empathising too closely with Alex's mother, so I had to find time in the day to read instead. As the novel progresses, hope for the missing boy diminishes yet the reader's investment in the story increases - we all want a happy ending, but of course we know that cases like these do not always end happily and Beth Gutcheon raises the tension levels as each sighting, lead and "breakthrough" comes and goes. As time progresses the boy's mother is encouraged to start letting go, to move on, even to think about having another child! Naturally enough she cannot do any of these things and continues to press the police and media to keep searching for her son.
Four years ago Madeline McCann, aged just four, went missing from a Portuguese holiday apartment and her parents are still waiting, still hoping, still trying to be a family for their remaining two children. Beth Gutcheon's book, written in 1981, gave me a deeper insight into the McCann family's continuing suffering as Maddy is still missing.
Thank you Siân for sending this book on its travels to me - it was not a comfortable read, but I am a better person for having read it.