Mapping the Edge: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 30, 2001 - Fiction - 320 pages
People go missing every day. They walk out of their front doors and out of their lives into the silence of cold statistics. For those left behind it is the cruelest of long good-byes.

Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved six-year-old daughter, Lily, at home in London with good friends. But when Anna doesn't return, everyone begins to make excuses until the likelihood that she might not come back becomes chillingly clear. And the people who thought they knew Anna best realize they don't know her at all. How could she leave her daughter? Why doesn't she call? Is she enjoying a romantic tryst with a secret lover? Or has she been abducted or even killed by a disturbed stranger?

Did that person you loved so much and thought you knew so well did they simply choose to go and not come back? Or did someone do the choosing for them?

Dunant, a masterly British suspense writer, skillfully interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about motherhood, friendship, and accountability. In this compelling hybrid of sophisticated crime writing and modern women's fiction, Dunant challenges and unnerves us as she redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.

Missing rubs the soul raw. In place of answers all you have is your imagination.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

Anna is a single mother living in London. The father of her child didn't even know she was pregnant and is not in the picture. Anna decides to go to Florence knowing that her daughter is well taken ... Read full review

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Grrr.....second DNC of the week. Has at least one strand too many, without disctinct enough voices established early enough to be able to cope with her switching narrators as often as she does. Read full review


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Sarah Dunant is the author of six books, most recently Transgressions. As a journalist and critic, she has worked extensively in print, radio, and television, where for many years she hosted her own show on BBC2. Dunant lives in London with her family

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