Blog Tour/Book Review: Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth

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Welcome to the final stop on the blog tour for Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth, recently reissued by Sandstone Press.  Thanks to Julia at Ruth Killick Publicity for inviting me to take part in the tour and for my review copy.

Tell Me Where You AreAbout the Book

Maybe the worst thing hadn’t happened yet. You couldn’t know the awful things lined up in the future, looming.

The last thing Frances wants is a phone call from Alec, the husband who left her for her sister thirteen years ago. But Susan has disappeared, abandoning Alec and her daughter Kate, a surly teenager with an explosive secret. Reluctantly, Frances is drawn into her sister’s turbulent life.

Format: Paperback (352 pp.)    Publisher: Sandstone Press
Published: 15th May 2019  Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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My Review

Missing wife, mother, sister, daughter….in Tell Me Where You Are, Susan hovers just out of sight of the reader, ever present in one sense but physically absent.  The reader’s view of her must therefore be formed through the differing perceptions of others.  Is she victim, villain or simply a troubled soul?

Don’t expect resolving the mystery of her disappearance to be the focus of the book.  Instead it’s more about the impact of her disappearance on others.  As time goes on, the gap she’s left in the lives of others seems to contract as other events take centre stage and it appears history or (depending on your view) mistakes of the past and their consequences, may be repeating themselves.   It certainly made this reader question whether things would be improved or made worse by Susan’s return.

The author creates some really believable female characters, in particular Susan’s sisters, Frances (from whose point of view the reader observes most events) and Gillian.  I also really liked the relationship that forms between Frances and her niece, Kate, who is Susan’s daughter by a previous relationship and step-daughter of Alec, Frances’s ex-husband.  Yes, in this family, things can get complicated.  The daily minutiae of family life is also well evoked: who’s picking up who from the station, friend’s house, school or university; shopping trips; preparations for guests and family gatherings.

Tell Me Where You Are is an acutely-observed exploration of the often complex dynamics of family relationships, sibling rivalry, motherhood, the disruption that can be caused by things left unresolved and why sometimes the best thing is to look forward, not back.

I received a review copy courtesy of publishers, Sandstone Press.

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Moira_Forsyth_2About the Author

Moira Forsyth grew up in Aberdeen, lived in England for nearly twenty years, and is now in the Highlands. She is the author of four previous novels and many short stories and poems published in anthologies and magazines. Waiting for Lindsay and David’s Sisters, originally published by Sceptre, are now available as e-books from Sandstone Press, which also published The Treacle Well in 2015.

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