She’s Not There

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT - - by Joy Field­ing

Caro­line Ship­ley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone.

In­stantly, she’s thrust fteen years into the past, to a posh re­sort in Baja, Mex­ico - and the fate­ful night her world col­lapsed. The trip is sup­posed to be a cel­e­bra­tion.

Caro­line’s hus­band, Hunter, con­vinces her to leave their two young daugh­ters, Michelle and Sa­man­tha, alone in their ho­tel suite while the cou­ple en­joys an an­niver­sary din­ner in the res­tau­rant down­stairs. But re­turn­ing af­ter­ward, Caro­line and Hunter make a hor­ri­fy­ing dis­cov­ery: two-year-old Sa­man­tha has van­ished with­out a trace.

What fol­lows are days, weeks and years of an­guish for Caro­line.

She’s tor­mented by me­dia at­ten­tion that has branded her a cold, in­com­pe­tent mother, while she strug­gles to save her mar­riage.

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