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Waiting for Lindsay
by Moira Forsyth

Category: Fiction / General
288 pages; ISBN: 031227873X

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Thirty four years ago on a bright July day, young teenager Lindsay had an important rendezvous to keep so she places her cousin Alistair in charge of the little ones. She ventures around the rocks on the nearby beach only to not be seen alive again even after a thorough two-week search. The people she left behind mourned her and were never quite the same

In the present, Lindsay’s cousin Annie desperately wants to conceive, but after years of failure her husband Graham gives up trying. Alistair’s son stays with Graham and Annie indefinitely. When the wife to Lindsay’s brother Jaime becomes pregnant, she wants an abortion while he wants the child. The survivors of Lindsay’s disappearance return to High House seeking solace and wanting to make some sense out of their lives.

The irony of this tale is that while Lindsay’s family receives reader empathy, their spouses and parents earn hisses and boos as villains normally do. Waiting for LINDSAY is a complex drama that studies how people cope with a sudden tragedy. The story line moves deliberately slowly to enable the audience to catch the essence of the survivors in a way not often found in a novel but Moira Forsyth beautifully delivers a complex character study.

Harriet Klausner

 

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