Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette | A Captivating Missing Person Tale

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple (2012)

A delight, hilarious and engaging from start to wonderful finish. Bernadette Fox, a once-famous L.A. architect and now agoraphobic stay-at-home mom, struggles not to lose it every day in the Microsoftlandia suburb of Seattle where she lives with her husband and teenage daughter, Bee. To some, Bernadette is a wacko, an annoyance, a strange bird and to others she’s downright unhinged, but to Bee, she’s a true independent and the unhappy teenager’s biggest ally. So, when Bernadette disappears shortly before a family vacation to Antarctica, Bee takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her missing mother.

Cleverly told through documents and email, Bee reconstructs her mother’s complicated history and the days surrounding her disappearance. Appealing (if not always likable) characters set in a unique premise that had me briskly flipping pages and enjoying myself all the way to the end.

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