I for Isobel by Amy Witting

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September 1989, no. 114
Judy Duffy reviews 'I for Isobel' by Amy Witting

I for Isobel

by Amy Witting

Penguin, 158 pp, $12. 99 pb 0-14-012624-4

I for Isobel by Amy Witting

Reviewed by
September 1989, no. 114

Amy Witting’s second novel is a skilfully structured, totally absorbing, mystery story. Not a ‘who done it?’ but a ‘why did they do it?’ Why did Isobel Callaghan’s mother subject her child to such unrelenting and shocking psychological cruelty? Why did Isobel’s always tired, always silent father always acquiesce? Why is it Isobel and not her sister Margaret, who receives such treatment?

No! Isobel is not illegitimate! Nor is she adopted. Amy Witting’s novel is far more complex, far more searching, far more subtle.

Judy Duffy reviews 'I for Isobel' by Amy Witting

I for Isobel

by Amy Witting

Penguin, 158 pp, $12. 99 pb 0-14-012624-4

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