'To the outside world we were this perfectly contented happy family -- a mother, a father and three little girls. And the truth? Really it was a conspiracy of silence -- everyone living a life on the surface while underneath reality bubbles away -- until the day that it blows up...' John and Elizabeth Dunville believe they have the ideal family. Their three daughters -- beautiful, vivacious Baby, clever, industrious Becky, and lively, if mischievous, Brona -- attend Dublin's most prestigious convent school, and all have bright futures. But denial and deception go hand in hand, and one night, one of the girls slips out into the December fog, and doesn't come home...
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- Paperback | 320 pages
- 129 x 198 x 32mm | 239g
- 07 Apr 2003
- Headline Publishing Group
- HEADLINE REVIEW
- London, United Kingdom
'MISSING is a perceptive and poignant novel exploring the ramifications of loss and abandonment with compassion and a wry, perfectly pitched wit! This is a book about the need to communicate openly and honestly with those we love and the possible consequences of our failure to do so. Stanley writes with a lightness of touch reminiscent of Jonathan Coe -- both explore life's darknesses with a gentle humour which encourages understanding of our frailties and fears' -- The Big Issue in the North 'A gripping and mesmerising novel, which twists and turns at every opportunity... Skilfully written with bursts of humour, Stanley weaves a compelling web of deception and intrigue' -- Glasgow Evening Times 'Mary Stanley creates a fascinating story that is full of intrigue with disturbing and dark moments. But there is also a humorous thread running through the tale' -- Sunday World, Dublin 'Touching, intriguing and often humorous' -- Sunday Business Post, Dublin 'Stanley's writing is alive - witty, moving and engrossing... The characters of the three girls are richly portrayed' -- The Sunday Times, Malta
About Mary Stanley
Mary Stanley was born in England and educated in Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she has worked in England, Italy and Germany. She now lives in Dublin.