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Still Missing (1981)

by Beth Gutcheon

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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.… (more)
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  archivomorero | Nov 9, 2022 |
When a 6 year old boy goes missing in Boston, USA, the country is on alert. Local volunteers, the police setting up an office in the family home, sympathetic friends and family. But as the months roll by, compassion fatigue sets in...friends, overwhelmed by the situation, turn their backs; the detectives, tired of pursuing fruitless leads..even the mother's employer, inconvenienced at her lengthy absence. There's the doubts that the mother...and the reader...begin to have over family members, notably the recently estranged husband. But with no body, Susan Selky rides out the accusations of not moving on with her life and livesa in hope...

Quite a readable, interesting novel. ( )
  starbox | Jan 5, 2019 |
On an ordinary day, Susan Selky allows her almost 7-year-old son, Alex, to walk the two blocks to school by himself. He never makes it, and so begins the horrifying tale told from several view points, Susan's, the detective Menetti, even Alex himself, all of them heart wrenching. You fear for Susan and Alex, but you can't stop turning the pages. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Apr 9, 2017 |
Originally published in 1981, this novel, now re-issued by Persephone, is a relatively modern offering from them. It is however a fantastically paced, hard to put down novel. The story is a simple one – One day Susan’s six year old son Alex goes missing. This is the story of what is to be the mother of a child who is missing. The accusations, the press attention, the false hopes, the bereavement like existence she lives. It is a poignant and gripping account. Susan’s desperation and frustrations become the readers too, as we are drawn into the search for young Alex. Juxtaposed with Susan’s friends and family, and their concerns, are those of Lieutenant Menetti the senior investigator – who has a family of his own, his youngest son being almost the same age as Alex. Beautifully written, with just the right amount of tension to keep you reading late into the night. ( )
1 vote Heaven-Ali | Aug 13, 2011 |
Still Missing is a thrilling escapist read and well worth being re-published. It is a parent's worst nightmare, a child disappearing into thin air on the way to school. ( )
  bhowell | Jul 27, 2010 |
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Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter Robed in the long friends, The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother, Secret by the unmourning water Of the riding Thames. After the first death, there is no other.

-Dylan Thomas, A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London
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For my sister Gray
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You could hardly get to age thirty-four without learning something about loss.
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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.

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