|Date Published||23 July 2019|
Claire and Matt are about to learn that abduction brings more than fear, hopelessness and impotence – it brings an impenetrable silence.
Months go by, until Evan is unexpectedly found and returned home to his parents. But Evan has found solace and control in silence; he won’t talk, will not venture outside and hides himself away in his bedroom. Detectives, already trying to hunt down Evan’s kidnappers, become desperate when it looks like the criminals have struck again and abducted another child. But with Evan’s enduring silence, they have no idea where to start.
I liked most of the characters, but felt a little distanced from all of them. That said, the relationship between Evan and Jack, his grandfather, was warm, poignant, full of love and patience. It moved me, as did the overall story, which I was not expecting. Some of this is thanks to the author taking the reader from just before the moment of Evan’s abduction all the way to the criminals’ trial. But mainly the story touched me because it is more about families and frustration than protagonists and antagonists.
Though the writing is crafted, the descriptions are almost poetic and there is a bittersweet tenderness, Found is not a comfortable read, which is why I devoured the book in one sitting and enjoyed every page.
Reviewed 28 September 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor
Kati Barr-Taylor lives in her ‘cosy pigsty’ in the Dordogne. She satisfies her literary cravings by translating, writing, editing and reading.