This review is from: Past Caring (Paperback)Suzannah Dunn is probably more well-known for her historical fiction, not a favourite genre of mine, so I've stayed away from her books in the past. This however, is very modern, contemporary fiction - a short novel with just 260 pages, but a very engaging read.
Told in the first person by three generations of women, it is a very well-done story with three very different perspectives on the same unfolding story.
Zoe is a young girl, just 6 years old at the beginning of the story, then Dinah, her mother - a cold-hearted, undemonstrative person who seems to care more about gossip with her friends than her daughter's welfare, and then there is Caddy - an elderly lady who just knows that Zoe is her own long-dead daughter - reincarnated. Although it is Caddy's belief that Zoe is in fact, her daughter Evie, and it is this belief that brings the three characters together, this is not the focal point of the story. It's a story of a young girl growing up - about family dynamics, about loss and grief and touches on the issues of mental illness. There is no fast-paced plot, it's purely character driven - but the characters are great, the story unfolds nicely and it's a satisfying read