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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (July 7 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844081761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844081769
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #541,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple on Sept. 27 2001
Format: Hardcover
Dunant is a real pro, subtly using every trick in the book to create a psychological novel of intense suspense, a novel that succeeds beautifully in keeping the reader involved, on edge, and dying to find out, first, what is happening to Anna, and second, what is real. The main character, Anna, resembles many other single women about to turn forty. She is a woman with whom most readers will empathize, even if they find her domestic history to be a bit unusual. As she yearns for love and excitement, reveals her vulnerabilities, and shares her fears, all of which play their part in the mystery that develops during her one week vacation in Italy, Dunant ratchets up the suspense--we can imagine and share Anna's plight because she reflects our own insecurities. The fact that she does not return to her loved ones on time, and is considered missing, coincides with our own worst fears, while the fact that neither we nor Anna are sure about what is real and what is fantasy parallels the neurotic daydreams and nightmares everyone shares.
Dunant tantalizes the reader by presenting two parallel explanations for what happens on Anna's vacation. As Anna tells us about her past relationships and the birth of her daughter Lily, now six years old, along with two other, very different relationships which may or may not be occurring in Italy while she is "missing," Dunant provides just enough information to allow the reader to jump to conclusions, often incorrect, about what's going on. At the same time, she increases the suspense by having Anna's friend Estella describe the chilling effects of Anna's absence on Lily and the rest of the household back in England.
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Format: Paperback
Overall, I was kept interested, however it was difficult getting used to the rhythm of the rotating chapters of the 3 different story lines - the 2 possible scenarios and the view from back home. The one story line was suspenseful, but the other I found to be a bit trashy. The style of writing reminded me of the movie "Sliding Doors". It was an interesting way to write a book which you don't see very often. Not a very dramatic ending.
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By A Customer on April 24 2002
Format: Paperback
This book kept me reading and trying hard to figure out what in the world was going on. The dual scenarios kept me confused. I am still not sure. It seems a little like the Dream sequence in the old Dallas show. I was disappointed at the end.
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Characterized by crisp phrasing and an impressive clarity of description, Dunant has fashioned a story that easily transcends the typical mystery-thriller genre. With a practiced and skillful hand, Dunant steers her readers through the intricacies of familial relationships and affairs of the heart.
At the core of it all is Anna, a single mother who adores her daughter, Lily, and has constructed a loving, if unconventional family with the help of close friends. In her almost obsessive love for Lily, the beautiful, independent Anna begins to fear the loss of herself in the constant fascination of the ever-changing Lily. So she takes a short holiday to Italy, there to renew neglected facets of her life in a tryst with a new lover, seeking the assurance that motherhood hasn't robbed her of the stimulation of physical and emotional passion she occasionally craves. Anticipating a short escape into the arms of pleasure, Anna's finely tuned intelligence senses something amiss in her personal Garden of Eden. Her brief but intense affair with the mysterious "Samuel" sends a shiver of uncertainty below the seemingly uncomplicated cloak of pleasure, while Lily remains safely ensconced at home in London with her mother's dearest friend, Estelle, and "surrogate" father, Paul. But pinpricks of anxiety also begin to intrude upon their purposefully domestic facade, segueing into the worst-case scenario when Anna fails to return as planned. For the child's sake, the adults maintain a united front, quietly enduring an increasing sense of impending tragedy.
Anna's motherhood is finely rendered, artfully exposed and vulnerable, her character the very essence of rapturous first-time motherhood, the pure joy of watching a child bloom, whose very existence is celebrated by those who surround her.
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By A Customer on Dec 13 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed with this book. While the "plot" may have be clever (and I'm not fully convinced about that), I found the book to be boring, highly repetivitive, and so pseudo angst- filled that I felt like slapping every character. Dunant's earlier efforts were much better.
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By J. Fercho on Nov. 30 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those rare thrillers that does indeed keep you guessing till the end. I was pleasantly surprised with the various plot twists, they were both plausible and unexpected. This book operates on a fear everyone has had at one time or another. Someone we love is not where we expect them to be, and our imaginations begin to get the better of us. The story of Anna and what may or may not have happened to her during an impromptu trip to Italy, will keep you reading and interested till the last page.
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By maria on Oct. 18 2001
Format: Hardcover
Awesome book. A little weird to get use to at first but once you get the hang of the layout you won't put it down. Definitely unique with an ending you won't expect and won't disappoint.
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