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People go missing every day. They walk out of their front doors and out of their lives into the silence of cold statistics. For those left behind it is the cruelest of long good-byes.

Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved six-year-old daughter, Lily, at home in London with good friends. But when Anna doesn't return, everyone begins to make excuses until the likelihood that she might not come back becomes chillingly clear. And the people who thought they knew Anna best realize they don't know her at all. How could she leave her daughter? Why doesn't she call? Is she enjoying a romantic tryst with a secret lover? Or has she been abducted or even killed by a disturbed stranger?

Did that person you loved so much and thought you knew so well did they simply choose to go and not come back? Or did someone do the choosing for them?

Dunant, a masterly British suspense writer, skillfully interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about motherhood, friendship, and accountability. In this compelling hybrid of sophisticated crime writing and modern women's fiction, Dunant challenges and unnerves us as she redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.

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"Very smart...a riveting thriller." Baltimore Sun

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"What if we cannot know even those we love best? In Mapping the Edge, Sarah Dunant writes with wonderful intelligence about the dark intricacies of motherhood, friendship, love, and obsession. A brilliantly plotted, ruthlessly intelligent, and highly readable novel." Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture

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"[Dunant] plots with remarkable intricacy [and] is a master at creating anxiety and mystery." The Washington Post

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"Thoroughly satisfying...departs from the usual thriller formula...but it contains its own full array of surprises....Dunant's feel for the geography of bed and willing flesh is a pleasure....In moments...that delve into the subtleties and varieties of love and desire, Dunant emerges as a shrewd observer." The New York Times Book Review

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"The suspense is good enough to keep the pages turning..." Publishers Weekly

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"Compelling psychological suspense." Booklist

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"In Mapping the Edge, Duant gives us a chance to see the 'what if?' side of life by telling the story of Anna in parallel narratives." USA Today

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"Switching back and forth between...two tales dissipates much of the tension that either plot line might have otherwise sustained." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved daughter at home in London with good friends. When Anna doesnt return, everyone begins to make excuses, until the likelihood that she might not come back at all becomes chillingly clear. In this dazzling work of suspense, Sarah Dunant interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about love, trust, and accountability. We are challenged, unnerved, and ultimately exhilarated as Dunant redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.

About the Author

Sarah Dunant has written six suspense novels, three of which have been shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Golden Dagger award. Her novel Fatlands won the Silver Dagger. As a journalist and critic, she has worked extensively in print, radio, and television, where for many years she hosted her own show on the BBC. She lives in London with her family.

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anitaballerina, March 24, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
This was the second book by Ms. Dunant I have read. The book is about a woman who disappears and her family is looking for her.

It goes back and forth between her and her captor and her family. As a fan of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, not a lot freaks me out. This book however creeped me out.

While interesting and well written, however its not one I will pick up again. It was too spooky for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758614
Author:
Dunant, Sarah
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
London
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
British
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Florence
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Single mothers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st U.S. trade paperback ed., 1495569
Series Volume:
2002-1
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.06x5.18x.65 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Random House Trade - English 9780375758614 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Very smart...a riveting thriller."
"Review" by , "What if we cannot know even those we love best? In Mapping the Edge, Sarah Dunant writes with wonderful intelligence about the dark intricacies of motherhood, friendship, love, and obsession. A brilliantly plotted, ruthlessly intelligent, and highly readable novel."
"Review" by , "[Dunant] plots with remarkable intricacy [and] is a master at creating anxiety and mystery."
"Review" by , "Thoroughly satisfying...departs from the usual thriller formula...but it contains its own full array of surprises....Dunant's feel for the geography of bed and willing flesh is a pleasure....In moments...that delve into the subtleties and varieties of love and desire, Dunant emerges as a shrewd observer."
"Review" by , "The suspense is good enough to keep the pages turning..."
"Review" by , "Compelling psychological suspense."
"Review" by , "In Mapping the Edge, Duant gives us a chance to see the 'what if?' side of life by telling the story of Anna in parallel narratives."
"Review" by , "Switching back and forth between...two tales dissipates much of the tension that either plot line might have otherwise sustained."
"Synopsis" by , Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved daughter at home in London with good friends. When Anna doesnt return, everyone begins to make excuses, until the likelihood that she might not come back at all becomes chillingly clear. In this dazzling work of suspense, Sarah Dunant interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about love, trust, and accountability. We are challenged, unnerved, and ultimately exhilarated as Dunant redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.
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