DR. SUSAN TASKER, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, BC, CANADA
None of us expect to experience murder in our family. But, murder does happen to families across neighborhood demographics. This is a deeply personal and profoundly generous account of one family’s lived experience of murder. Beginning from the day of her 13-year-old sister Kathy’s disappearance in November 1971 and across the too-many years of media and investigative involvement in the yet unresolved murder of Kathy Gloddy, Karen Beaudin brings and takes the reader into her family’s home, life, mind, and heart in living with murder in their family. The author describes and discusses the impact of the murder on her family members and their responses. Writing from her place as one of Kathy’s sisters, Karen Beaudin’s presence is tangible to the reader through her deep, generous and transparent reach to portray cleanly, clearly, and fully how she has endured and lives both the never-endings and foreverness of her sister’s murder. A Child Is Missing will be as much a resource to families as it will be a resource and teaching tool for victim service providers and for mental health, police, media and criminal justice professionals. A haunting, poignant, bothersome, humbling and thought-provoking narrative that remains with me.