When three-year-old Ben vanishes without a clue, it leaves his mother frozen on a knife-edge of suppressed agony for nine years and drives a shattering wedge through her marriage. And then, one ordinary day, the undreamed-of happens: a neighborhood boy knocks on the door--a boy who does not know them--who will irrevocably twist their lives a second time.
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The horror of losing a child is somehow made worse when the case goes unsolved for nearly a decade, reports Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Jacquelyn Mitchard in this searing first novel. In it, 3-year-old Ben Cappadora is kidnapped from a hotel lobby where his mother is checking into her 15th high school reunion. His disappearance tears the family apart and invokes separate experiences of anguish, denial, and self-blame. Marital problems and delinquency in Ben's older brother (in charge of him the day of his kidnapping) ensue. Mitchard depicts the family's friction and torment--along with many gritty realities of family life--with the candour of a journalist and compassion of someone who has seemingly been there. International publishing and film rights sold fast on this one--it's a blockbuster.Review:
‘So well observed and perceptive it’s hard to shy away from… masterfully paced… A story of one family’s slow tumble back into light.’
Los Angeles Times
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