Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Lost Daughter-Lucy Ferriss

The Lost Daughter

Lucy Ferriss

Berkley, Feb 7 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780425245569

Fifteen years ago when Brooke O’Connor was seventeen years old, she gave birth to her boyfriend Alex’s daughter. Brooke abandoned her baby for dead at a motel in Windermere, Connecticut. Whereas an upset Alex left for Japan where he married and had a son who died; Brooke gave up college to work at a plant nursery and married Sean while raising their daughter together.

Alex returns from Japan at a time when the O’Connor marriage is shaky as Sean wants another child while an increasingly remorseful Brooke says no without further explanation. Alex and Brooke meet for the first time since she left behind her oldest in Windermere. Their first encounter in fifteen years causes shockwaves.

This is an intriguing character study that looks deeply at the long term impact of difficult decisions made as a teen still haunting the adult over a decade and a half later. Although the over use of happenchance drives while detracting from the anticipated psychological collision, contemporary readers will appreciate this bittersweet extended poignant family drama starring real people with baggage that hinders each of them.

Harriet Klausner

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