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HOW WELL CAN A MOTHER EVER REALLY KNOW HER CHILD?
Julian and Annie have only just announced their forthcoming marriage when Annie’s twelve-year-old son, Dan, fails to come home from school. Despite an extensive police investigation, the days turn into weeks and it is as if Dan has vanished into thin air.
Over the next three years Annie refuses to give up hope that somewhere her son is alive and will one day return home. Julian, meanwhile, can’t help but yearn for Annie to put the past behind her and move on. Then, out of the blue, a call brings shocking news of Dan’s fate. And far from being over, it seems the mystery of his disappearance is only just beginning.
In spare, searing prose, Deceptions addresses our simultaneous need for—and wariness of—human connection and the extremes that we are driven to by these competing impulses. Marking British literary star Rebecca Frayn’s arrival in the United States, this is fiction at its riveting best.
|Publisher:||Washington Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.04(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.78(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"DECEPTIONS" BY REBECCA FRAYN When children disappear there is always a sense of urgency and loss. This story will leave you breathless with suspense. A happy forthcoming marriage is soon to be overshadowed by heartache and fear as Annie's son goes missing, you'll be surprised to find out who the culprit is. A wonderful exciting and scary book about just how easy it is to be deceived. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
I seriously doubt that there is any way one human being can experience the terror and dread when a loved one seems to simply evaporate. Imagine being Annie whose twelve year old son starts for home at day's end, mounts his bicycle, and according to one of his friends, began to pedal toward . home .! Gone! Somewhere between mounting his old bicycle and the front door to his home, young Dan simply vanishes from the world. Police and neighbors search wildly for Dan. They search every conceivable nook and cranny of his home, then his neighborhood, then his bike route. Inconceivably, Dan cannot be found. Three horrific days of worry become three months; three months become three long years. Anna refuses to believe Dan just walked off a flat earth. Others try to help her get on with her life including her future spouse. Impossible! Anna's marriage plans are splintered and understandably. Anna, has suffered such an incredible shock to her psyche that moving on is not possible. Is Dan dead? Could he have run away from home? Did someone abduct him? If so, what horrors did Dan suffer? Is he still enduring some kind of torture at the hands of some demented kidnapper? Even as the days have turned into long years, Anna refuses to give up. Often, she hunts for her son along the same path from which he most likely disappeared on his way home from school. But then, the impossible happens. Anna receives a phone call saying a boy similar to Dan's description has been found wandering in Scotland. In his pocket was Anna's phone number. The two are reunited physically, but not really in spirit. Dan is now fifteen-years old. He has lost his memory. He barely speaks. He does not even recognize items in his home that were his earlier treasures. He has forgotten how to ride a two-wheel bicycle, a skill, which once learned, is never forgotten. When Anna looks into Dan's eyes, they are not the same color as before his absence. His personality is practically nil at first, but then slowly he warms up to his environment as if he just moved there, rather than from any real recognition of his surroundings. Is this Dan? What happens to this young boy, his mother Anna, and to those around Dan I will leave to the reader. Author Rebecca Frayn has delivered a truly suspenseful story that injects the reader into Anna's obsessing mind. It simply cannot be helped. The pace is such that even small details move it quickly along from page to page. I would recommend this book, not so much as a pleasurable read, but one that can tear at your heartstrings. It will remind you that predators are everywhere-or-or are they?