Stunningly beautiful and haunting, Without You by Saskia Sarginson is a suspenseful story that captures the trauma and tragedy surrounding the disappearance of a teenage girl at sea. In its wake, a family is drawn into a whirlpool of uncertainty, shaking the very foundation of the ties that bind the family together, and the persistent and unwavering hope of a forlorn and heart-broken younger sister for the return of her older sister. Crafting an incredibly compelling tale full of suspense and family drama, Sarginson’s riveting and captivating story is one of the finest that I read this year.
Just a month after celebrating her seventeenth birthday, Eva and her father Max were sailing on a sailboat when the sky darkened to black and a storm blew up out of nowhere, and Eva was flung out of the boat, and disappeared into the cold water. The extensive search to locate her went in vain, and everyone presumed she had drowned. The family is devastated. Though Eva’s younger sister Faith is adamant that her sister is still alive, she’s unable to convince any. Faith is certain that her sister has survived and is now fighting for survival on a small island off the shores of Suffolk that once housed military sites.
The initial shock gives way to anger, and Eva’s parents Max and Clara started blaming each other, and their marriage is on the verge of falling apart. It is up to Faith to risk everything and let her intuition and belief guide her to the island and rescue Eva, if she is indeed on the island as she believed. Saskia Sarginson has populated the book with endearing characters, prime among them is Billy, who you will get to meet as you read the story. His story and that of the principal character Eva is truly absorbing. Without You by Saskia Sarginson is a story about loss, faith, love and belonging.