Tuesday, December 29, 2015
WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly MacMillan_Tour
Review: WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly Macmillan
Inarguably, a parent's or grandfather's worst nightmare is the loss of a child, for any reason. When it's a disappearance, the grief is open-ended and eternal in duration. Since the 1990's, such a case is announced perhaps worldwide, and the reign of the Internet and social media allows anyone and everyone to weigh in. The parents are spotlighted, often judged by those who have no possible clue.
I consider WHAT SHE KNEW a quintessentially British literary crime novel. I mean by that the restraint, the emotions "behind closed doors" (how apropos in the situation of the Detective Inspector), the unflappability of the investigators. [It is this emotional restraint that convicts the grieving mother, Rachel, in the public's view--that and the fact that she "lost" her son--that he was in her charge when he disappeared.]
Even in the midst of restraint, though, it will be a rare reader who is not wrung inside out, long before the conclusion.