By Beth Gutcheon
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780060977030, 368pp.)
Publication Date: May 2005
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Alex Selky, going on seven, kissed his mother goodbye and set off for school, a mere two blocks away. He never made it. Desperate to find him, his mother begins a vigil that lasts for days, then weeks, then months. She is treated first as a tragic figure, then as a grief-crazed hysteric, then as anreminder of the bad fortune that can befall us all. Against all hope, despite false leads and thedesertions of her friends and allies she believes with all her heart that somehow, somewhere, Alex will be found alive.Beth Gutcheon builds a heartrending suspense that culminates in a climax you will never forget.
Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: The New Girls, Still Missing, Domestic Pleasures, Saying Grace, Five Fortunes, More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Good-bye and Amen. She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street. She lives in New York City.
“A surprising depth of understanding.... A consistently intelligent piece of work.”
“Gutcheon sustains suspense to the final page.”
-Times Literary Supplement
“Haunting, harrowing, and highly effective...a stunning shocker of an ending.... It strings out the suspense to the almost unendurable.”
“Mary Higgins Clark fans will enjoy this harrowing tale.... Highly recommended.”
“Powerful...a body-blow of a novel.... Gutcheon [tunes] the tension to a shattering pitch.”
“This is exactly the way it would be if your child didn’t come home on time from school tomorrow.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Gutcheon plays on our emotions with fiendish skill… the ending will leave you limp.”