‘The one book that has satisfied me completely – the book I always wanted to write.’ said Agatha Christie about this book.
Absent in the Spring is not at all the typical Agatha Christie novel. It was the third of six novels Christie wrote under the nom-de-plume Mary Westmacott.
Joan Scudamore looks young for her age, has a loyal husband and well-settled loving children and thinks she has always made the right decisions. She is pleased with how her life has turned out when she bumps into a friend from her school days. She thinks she has nothing to know about herself when she is stranded in the middle of the desert and has enough time to reassess her life. She goes through moments of denial, self-pity and betrayal. But will she accept the naked truth staring at her?
Absent in the Spring is a different kind of novel. It is more of a character study. It makes you uncomfortable and leaves you to self-introspect just like that main character does.