Don and Louise's eighteen-year-old daughter Miranda has died in a sailing accident.
While Louise takes steps to move on with her life, Don cannot come to terms with the chain of events that led to her death.
Instead, he is determined to bring someone to account.
The surviving children handle the loss of their sister better than their parents, but what they can't handle is their family being torn apart...Taut, heartbreaking and immensely moving, Over is a novel about love and loss, grief and hope, pain and resolution, and about what happens to human beings when tragedy strikes like lightening.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/08/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099507666
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Review by kiwifortyniner
Louise is a parent and a primary school teacher trying to come to terms with the death of a teenage daughter in mysterious circumstances, She really just wants to get on with her life and is not concerned with what really happened and who if anyone is to blame. Her husband Don on the other hand is on an all out mission to try and find out how and why his daughter died. The remaining children who are handling the tragedy a little better than their parents cannot understand why their parents are tearing each other and the family apart. The story is told in Louise's voice in the first person. Not a bad read.
Review by tronella
This is about how a family deals with the death of a daughter, told from the mother's point of view. Her husband reacts to the accident by obsessively looking for something or someone to blame, which makes everything a lot more difficult on the rest of the family. I can't say I enjoyed this one, but it was well written, and the characters and their emotions were very vividly described.
Review by DubaiReader
Bereavement.This was the first book I'd read by the prolific Ms Forster, and I have to confess, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The author has a beautiful use of words that just carries you along, gradually absorbing the facts as they are presented and simultaneously empathising with the struggles of the bereaved family. To be honest, not a lot happens, but I respect that the author therefore had the sense to make this a fairly short book (200 pgs), not putting us through unnecessary verbosity.The book is narrated by Louise, whose 18 year-old daughter, Miranda has drowned in a sailing accident. The whole family is devastated but each family member reacts differently. To my mind, Louise's reaction was the one I most related to, while her husband was driven to research parts of boats and engine mechanisms in a bid to find someone to blame. His extreme, obsessive reaction drives a wedge between himself and his family. Miranda's twin sister and their younger brother each deal with the loss individually, though I was surprised that the twin's reaction wasn't more extreme.It is Margaret Forster's description of the emotions and psychology of loss that are the strength of the book. I loved her subtleties and perceptions:"When Lynne left, her energy always left with her, and I collapsed again". (Pg 21)Only the ending left me a little dissatisfied. As I had related to Louise, I felt the pressure she was under at the end, I'm not sure I'd have been so accommodating. I will say no more.