The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse

The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse

EXCERPT: ‘Oscar! Oscar!’ she screamed, crying now, her tears clogging her nose and the back of her throat, making shouting harder and blurring her vision. She ducked under, looking as far as she was able at the hull, and then came back for air; nothing. Her hair hung in a heavy waterlogged curtain over her face; she dug at it with her fingers as she trod water, spinning this way and that, looking, hoping and crying, as her teeth chattered in her gums.

She could hear her husband screaming louder than she had ever heard and in a way that was chilling, desperate. His lack of control and fear only fuelled her own.

It was in that moment of realisation that Rachel Croft looked towards the horizon, weakened, weary and with the certain knowledge that her life had changed.

It had changed forever.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?

MY THOUGHTS: I think that every parent has briefly tasted the fear, felt the panic, of a missing child. For the majority of us, it has been only that, briefly. The child has turned up, or been recovered, safe and sound. But having tasted that fear, it never really leaves you; the ‘what if?’. . .

Amanda Prowse is a powerful writer. She stripped my emotions bare with this story of every parents worst nightmare – the loss of their child. There are no holds barred in her descriptions of the grief, the guilt, the blame, and the shattering of the lives of those left behind.

The title, I thought, was very clever. And I adore the cover; very evocative.

Other than the fact that this is a heart-wrenching read, I really enjoyed the author’s descriptions of Bermuda, a destination I have now added to my travel list.

Best read with a large supply of tissues at hand. 😭😭😭😭

THE AUTHOR: Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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