The Coordinates of Loss, by Amanda Prowse

Rachel and James suffer the ultimate loss, that of their son, and this gem of a story explores its effect on them, their housekeeper and their families. And what a story. It simply never lets up. Much as, I imagine, the grief of losing a child never ends. I was drawn to this title initially – and it turned out to be so apt. The book revolves around the effects of loss; locating those points in space that define loss and the terrible grief associated with it. As the family unravels, so we learn more about the life of the wonderful Cee-Cee, who keeps house for them in Bermuda. Amanda Prowse manages to capture feelings, dialogue, pain and grief so beautifully and with such authenticity. I haven’t cried so much reading a book for a long, long time. I loved it, was totally saddened by it, and highly recommend it. The Coordinates of Loss is due out on September 25, 2018.

Book blurb:

From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.

When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?


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