This story begins with such a beautiful love encounter. Marielle and Charles fall in love and elope to get married. Marielle’s parents do not approve of Charles’s way of living. Although rich, he does not act like a responsible man or a family oriented kind of guy. Tragedy strikes for this two picturesque couple and causes them to separate.
Marielle remarries and even though this time around it is more for comfort and support rather than love. It seems like they both have a good thing going until, Teddy, their son, vanishes.
I found the story to be incredibly addicting. I really did not wish to put the book down and was constantly trying to guess where Teddy was and how he had just vanished into thin air. Normally when this happens, the chances of the boy being alive are less, so that really did dampen my mood on the reading. It takes a long time for the author to provide information on what happened between Charles and Marielle. There are many teases and side references. However, you really do not know until half, or most of the book is read.
The Author manages to also do a splendid job on Malcolm. The sense of love and hate with this character is overwhelming. This really shows Steel’s skilled hand in literature. Marielle’s love as a mother for her son was also very well portrayed.
The ending is very twisted and is a shock. This also was fascinating to me. There are references to so many emotional ordeals poor Marielle has to face as a woman living in the 1900’s. The loss, danger, drama, suspense of what she has to deal with was admirable.
This is a truly well written and a superbly put together story. I highly recommend it to fiction readers and alike.
Written by Jeyran Main