Absent in the Spring, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A newly reissued edition of Agatha Christie's 'Mary Westmacott' novel, a Crime of the Heart novel about a loyal wife's discovery of her husband's infidelity. 'The one book that has satisfied me completely - the book I always wanted to write.' Agatha Christie Returning from a visit to her daughter in Iraq, Joan Scudamore finds herself unexpectedly alone and stranded in an isolated rest house by flooding of the railway tracks.

This sudden solitude compels Joan to assess her life for the first time ever and face up to many of the truths about herself.

Looking back over the years, Joan painfully re-examines her attitudes, relationships and actions and becomes increasingly uneasy about the person who is revealed to her...




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I read it in both Japanese and original version! Great description of a frustrated woman in her midlife crises.I loved the stream of consciousness though I would have expected a cleverer ending. It is saddening that the heroine did not come to her senses.

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If you'd nothing to think about but yourself for days on end I wonder what you'd find out about yourself? Joan finds out when she's stranded in the desert for a couple of days.<br/><br/>I thought Agatha Christie used this name to write romances so it wasn't what I was expecting. I read it in one sitting and found it a bit unsettling, what do you know about yourself? Having said that, I would recommend it. For a quick read there's a lot to make you think.

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