Beyond the Waves
by Elizabeth Marek
Category: Fiction / General
234 pages; ISBN: 0451213572
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Beyond the Waves
NAL, Nov 2004, $12.95, 234 pp.
Though two years have passed since her daughter Sarah died, psychologist Abby Cohen remains in mourning. Her four year old son Ben has noticed how his mom is distant to him so he always turns to his father Michael for comforting and parenting.
Twelve years old Miranda is found wandering in horror the streets of Manhattan. Barely able to respond to inquiries, Miranda is taken to St. Ann’s Hospital where Abby takes charge of her. A few weeks later, Miranda’s “daddy” surfaces; Jack Reynolds has been worried about his missing daughter who never leaves their home out of fear of the snakes. His search for his daughter finally succeeds when he finds her at St. Ann’s. As Abbey challenges Jack in court over the welfare of Miranda, the psychologist begins to connect with her own family as she finally starts to move past grieving for her deceased child. However, the biological father has everything going for him in court so all Abby can do is pray for a miracle for this young girl.
BEYOND THE WAVES is an insightful look at grieving, which is an individual process regardless of whose the person is. Abby is a terrific center of the tale as she struggles with showing her love to her family following the death of her daughter. However, it is the relationship with Miranda that makes the tale unique as the young retarded girl has lived a sheltered life until the hospital stay opens her eyes. Though the ending is too convenient and seemingly out of character for a key player, readers will appreciate this perceptive look at mental health.
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