The Loss

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Holidaying in a small Welsh seaside village in the early 60s, a brother and sister enjoy exploring, until the last day of the holiday, when six year old Daniel disappears without a trace. It seems only Jennie, his five year old sister, knows what happened, but her memories are suppressed for decades – until, as a grandmother, a small pencil box triggers memories. But is what Jennie thinks she remembers what actually happened? Leaving her brother behind, when the tide was coming in, could only mean one thing... and all that was left, was one small red sandal...
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  • By Peter Kendall
    Nov 17, 2014
    I liked the way The Loss advanced through very natural dialogue and a nuanced narrative from the present to glimpses of events in the past; to the mystery surrounding what appeared to be the loss of Jennie's brother, Dan, decades ago. In this way the story is never linear and so never predictable but instead unfolds with a distinct mystery - the significance of the pencil box and its 'treasure' . How did that box feature in the loss and what was its 'treasure'. It was the psychology of Jennie's emotional response to these two questions which most captivated me. Jennie's caginess about the box seems to intensify the mystery and so the tension. We sense it may lead back to trauma, still latent in her, about a childhood loss, perhaps of her brother but what we don't know and what riveted me was the question of how Dan really died, for he 'disappeared' but we are not told for sure that he died, despite the threat of the sea's waves. Again the spontaneous dialogue helps us to see why, when... More > prompted by her daughter, Jenny feels almost nauseous in her reaction to something which would, otherwise, be so ordinary - the pencil box - and I found it impossible not to feel every bit of the trauma that Jennie felt. It was when the story begins to reveal that Dan did not in fact drown all those decades ago that I had to know why Jennie would still be so traumatised and why the focus of that drama seems to lie connected to the box. So the quality of the writing is confirmed in what I thought to be great storytelling technique.< Less
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September 29, 2014
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