A NovelBook - 2007
When a summer blackout plunges the city into darkness and confusion, Rachel is taken from her home. A full-scale search begins, but days pass with no solid clues, only a phone call Celia receives from a woman whose voice she has heard before but cannot place. And as Celia fights her terror and Rachel starts to trust in her abductor's kindness, the only other person who knows where she is wavers between loyalty to the captor and saving the child. Will Rachel be found before her abductor's urge to protect and cherish turns to something altogether less innocent?
Tapping into the fear that lies just below the surface of contemporary city life, Barbara Gowdy draws on her trademark empathy and precision to create a portrait of love at its most consuming and ambiguous and to uncover the volatile point at which desire gives way to the unthinkable.
From Library Staff
"Helpless" is a tension-filled, page turning thriller. Celia, a single mom, works two jobs to provide a loving and safe home for her angelic, 9 year old daughter, Rachel. Ron, an appliance repairman, lurks on the edge of their lives. Then Rachel disappears.