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'Still Missing' - a book likened to the suffering of the tragic parents of Madeleine McCann

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'Still Missing' - a book likened to the suffering of the tragic parents of Madeleine McCann

Post by Jill Havern on 22.04.10 22:03

By Val Hennessy
Last updated at 11:28 AM on 22nd April 2010


A six-year-old kisses his mum goodbye, sets off for school but never arrives. it is every parent's worst nightmare, and the nail-biting suspense throughout this brilliant novel (first published in 1981) is almost unendurable.
The mother experiences lacerating guilt, anxiety, hopes raised, hopes dashed, media intrusion, hate mail, attacks from nutcases and an utterly dedicated but intrusive crime squad.
From tragic figure to grief-crazed hysteric, her long days are filled with 'the dim memory of the deep unremarkable joy of hugging her child'.
Gutcheon sustains the tension to the very end, and as you read, your mind inevitably wanders to the real-life suffering, in similar circumstances, of the tragic parents of Madeleine Mccann.

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