Mapping the Edge

Mapping the Edge

Book - 1999
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People go missing every day. They walk out of their front doors and out of their lives into the silence of cold statistics. For those left behind it is the cruelest of long good-byes. Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved six-year-old daughter, Lily, at home in London with good friends. But when Anna doesn't return, everyone begins to make excuses until the likelihood that she might not come back becomes chillingly clear. And the people who thought they knew Anna best realize they don't know her at all. How could she leave her daughter? Why doesn't she call? Is she enjoying a romantic tryst with a secret lover? Or has she been abducted or even killed by a disturbed stranger? Did that person you loved so much and thought you knew so well did they simply choose to go and not come back? Or did someone do the choosing for them? Dunant, a masterly British suspense writer, skillfully interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about motherhood, friendship, and accountability. In this compelling hybrid of sophisticated crime writing and modern women's fiction, Dunant challenges and unnerves us as she redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller. Missing rubs the soul raw. In place of answers all you have is your imagination.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1999
ISBN: 9780375503238
Characteristics: 301 p


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

A truly suspenseful and eerie tale of a young woman who leaves her 6 year old daughter behind in the care of friends and goes off for an impromptu trip to Italy. When she doesn't come home, and the days stretch into a week, her best friend Anna, and Paul the child's surrogate part-time father, begin to fear the worst. Dunant weaves two plausible "explanations" for Anna's disappearance: one a tale of passion and seduction, the other a frightening tale of abduction. A highly sophisticated thriller.

Aug 02, 2012

A good thriller. After a woman disappears, the author offers two alternative narratives about what has happened.

Bettylg May 09, 2011

Parallel stories invite confusion but they also provide an alternate way to view the same set of circumstances. Intriguing read.

Mar 13, 2011

To put this comment in perspective, I am only halfway through the book but could not help adding this now. The situation - all too common in every day movie or books - is made so real by strong characterization, solid three points of view story with a slight twist, and great writing. I am on the edge and can only hope all these perfect elements are maintained to the end.

Dec 28, 2010

Suspenseful without gore
Engaged throughout
Will read more of this author

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