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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (4 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006499090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006499091
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 11.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The horror of losing a child is somehow made worse when the case goes unsolved for nearly a decade, reports Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Jacquelyn Mitchard in this searing first novel. In it, 3-year-old Ben Cappadora is kidnapped from a hotel lobby where his mother is checking into her 15th high school reunion. His disappearance tears the family apart and invokes separate experiences of anguish, denial, and self-blame. Marital problems and delinquency in Ben's older brother (in charge of him the day of his kidnapping) ensue. Mitchard depicts the family's friction and torment--along with many gritty realities of family life--with the candour of a journalist and compassion of someone who has seemingly been there. International publishing and film rights sold fast on this one--it's a blockbuster. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘So well observed and perceptive it’s hard to shy away from… masterfully paced… A story of one family’s slow tumble back into light.’
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2004
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I highly recommend this book. It gave rise to a long discussion between my husband and I as to what we would do if the same thing (heaven forbid) happened to our son. Beth and Vincent are really fascinating characters. My heart went out to Beth but I couldn't help thinking if she had just stopped wallowing in her sorrow that she could have helped Vincent out so much more in his life. I would definetly read more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OllyOctopus on 12 Dec. 2000
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I have been interested in reading this novel since I saw the movie earlier this year, and also as it was recommended in Oprah's Book Club. I was not disappointed by my choice. This novel shows a real family in crisis. No one is the villain, but no one is a complete saint. Each character in the Cappadora family is a whole person to whom I could relate and with whom I could empathise totally.
I felt the author worked best in showing Beth's point of view, and the plot was lost by following reece towards the end. Such a lot of loose ends were suddenly tied and discarded with too many questions unanswered for me to be totally satisfied with the book. The only character I had problems in believing was Sam because I couldn't believe he couldn't go unffected by a catatonic mother who was admitted to a mental institution. I think there was more depth needed for the character.
Overall, I found this book an emotional and truly moving read which I also read in three days as I didn't want to leave it. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an emotional family drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Jun. 2010
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I wasn't sure that I'd like this book at first as the characters were very difficult to sympathise with. But as the story progressed I came to realise that what makes the plot so complex is the flawed nature of the characters. I've read another of Mitchard's novels, A Theory of Relativity, and found the characters rather annoying. In this case, their flaws made them fascinating rather than irritating, and eventually this book became impossible to put down. Not having any children myself, it was hard to imagine how I'd act in such a situation but I still really felt the pain that the family was going through in their grief. I did feel like there were a couple of lose ends that weren't completely tied up at the end about the kidnapper, but all in all I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. Recommended to fans of Jodi Picoult and Barbara Delinsky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Wendy C Werrell on 4 Feb. 2013
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Excellent, page-turning whammy of a book - have loved her later books, but to find this was her first!! Marvellous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2003
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A story of great sadness which leaves their mark on each of the characters concerned in one way or another. A good beginning and a good ending but some of the content in between was a bit dry making it difficult to keep up with the main storyline. In conclusion, not a bad read!!
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