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Waiting for Lindsay

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  5 reviews
On a hot July day, Lindsay Mathieson, confident, carefree and
thirteen years old, walks up the beach where she has played all her life, around the rocks and out of sight. She does not come back.

More than thirty years later, her younger brothers and cousins are still dealing with the fallout from that terrible summer.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 26th 2020 by Sandstone Press (first published July 15th 1999)
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Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A destructive tragedy has shaped a whole generation of a family, siblings and cousins unable to truly separate from the past they try to ignore.

Though this is called 'Waiting for Lindsay' this book is not about her or the mystery of her disappearance. Instead, it is about the effect her disappearance had on her family, mainly her siblings and cousins who are left to deal with the consequences.

Everyone has their own way of dealing with things and these
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Lindsay is about a family whose teenage daughter, Lindsay, vanished one sunny day 34 years ago, during a trip to the local beach. As you can imagine, this devastated the family, none more so than her siblings and cousins who were playing on the beach with her the day she want missing. The book takes place mostly in the present and examines the relationships between the family members. With many of the characters being young when this event took place, it seemed that no-one really ...more
Janet M
OK, to have this on a list it has to be: Read, To Read, or Currently Reading. This is None of the Above. 'Scuse the grammar, but two chapters is as far as I got. Thus no rating. Started reading this thinking we would find out what happened to Lindsay after 34 years but instead it is just a study of relationships of all her family (siblings, cousins, etc) years later and how they were affected by the disappearance of 13-yr-old Lindsay. I had no reviews available to check on goodreads and only one ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. Its a beautifully written book about the dynamics and stresses of family and how a missing sibling had shaped the lives of all of the family over the years and not talking about an event which is just too sad to think about has actually fractured each of them in many different ways. When the child of one of the family turns up, running away from some secret he does not want to discuss the familys lives are turned upside down and secrets and lies finally come to the surface. ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like David's Sisters, this is a family saga, with well-drawn characters and all the small detail of family interaction. What made it doubly interesting for me was the setting, having lived in that area for three years. It makes a nice change from Glasgow or Edinburgh. It doesn't tie up all the loose ends, because real life isn't that tidy, but let's you decide for yourself how the characters will go from there.
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Moira Forsyth is the author of five novels, and short stories and poetry published in a range of magazines and anthologies. She lives in Muir of Ord, in the Highlands of Scotland.

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