Caitlin Shaughnessy, a Canadian journalist, discovers that Inez, a traumatized young Mayan woman originally from Guatemala, has killed Caitlin’s psychoanalyst partner, Dr. Jerry Simpson. Simpson brought the girl, who may be autistic, back to Canada as an act of mercy and to attempt to treat her obvious trauma. Cailin desperately needs to find out why this terrible incident occurred so she can find the strength to forgive and move on with her life.
Inez, whose sense of wonder and innocence touches all who meet her, becomes a focal point for many of the Canadians who encounter her. As Caitlin struggles to uncover the truth about Inez’s relationship with Jerry, Inez struggles to break free of the projections of others. Each must confront her own anger and despair. The doctors in the north have an iciness that matches their surroundings, a kind of clinical armour that Caitlin must penetrate if she is to reach Inez.
The Girl in the Box is a psychological drama of the highest order and a gripping tale of intrigue and passion.
When I read the back of the book this book made me think of the movie “Nell” but once I started reading the book I realized that it was nothing like that movie. I had the same idea of a feral children but other than that they are totally different. The books starts when Jerry was in Guatemala and finds Inez. The book then jumps to the present day when Caitlin finds out that Jerry was killed Inez. It jumps back and forth quite a bit as Caitlin starts to write a book and looking into why Inez killed Jerry. Lets just say that I never saw the book ending how it did. Even now while I am writing this I am still in shock about how it ended. The author does a great job keeping the person interested and making you feel like you are there with the characters. I couldn’t help but like Inez and even feel bad for her. I know that most people would find this book interesting if you like mysteries and/or thrillers.
FTC- I received a complimentary copy of “The Girl In The Box” for this review and I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed in the post are mine and only mine.