Sunday, October 22, 2017
Book Review: 'The Missing Girl' by Jacqueline Doyle
California author Jacqueline Doyle is a professor of English at California State University, East Bay in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a much published and awarded author of short stories and essays.
THE MISSING GIRL is a difficult read for many – whether girls or women who have fallen victim to the situations Jacqueline so exquisitely defines and the families of such women, or perhaps the consciences of men who have bee a part of these stories wither actually, tangentially, or imaginarily. The cover art speaks strongly of the content.
Attempting to outline these brief stories would hinder the impact on the reader. Just know that these skilled tales depict the fragile description of a missing girl with no resolution – a factor that makes it even more disturbing, or enter the mind of girls who interplay with men whose minds are focused on abuse or manipulation. It is a delicate balance between safety and fright that teeters here and Jacqueline is a master of placing information before the reader that mutates from imaginary to real – or the possibility of it. And some of the more disturbing stories f=are form a man’s stance – the spectrum is complete.
Tough but almost essential reading by a fine craftsman of her trade. Grady Harp, October 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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