Grace’s story presents Caleb’s narration regarding the events after Lizzie’s disappearance, during the search, and after she was found dead. It also highlights the relationship between Caleb, the mother, and Lizzie. Several things have been done well in the story, whereas others generate confusion.
The author has done well by utilizing conversational speeches. The speeches are effectively quoted to illustrate various past conversations held with Lizzie, Caleb, the mother, and other people within the neighborhoods. They help the reader get a glimpse of the relationship in the family and the various events that transpired before Lizzie disappeared. For instance, in paragraph six, the author states, “Ugh, I can’t stand Lasagna from the diner, why can’t you make your recipe? That one tastes way better”. This statement presents us with a glimpse of Lizzie’s character, her likes, and dislikes. Also, in paragraph sixteen, when Caleb asks Lizzie to go out and grab herself some snacks, Lizzie refuses and states, “I just have a strange, weird feeling, like I’m being watched all of the time. Mr. Wilson said that the word I’m feeling is ominous.” The statement illustrates that Lizzie had some fears before her disappearance thereby hinting on what might have occurred. Conversational speeches in the story have played a significant role in explaining past occurrences that are relevant through understanding the present situation.
On the other hand, the story is confusing because it makes it challenging to understand whether it is a past or present story. As it begins in paragraph 1, the story starts with, “It was early morning, and as I stood on my back porch, the scene before me was a strange one.” The statement illustrates that the presented event is current. Also, there are several other events narrated in the present tense within the story, for instance, how Caleb decides to go out and look for his sister in person. However, the story becomes confusing from paragraphs nineteen to twenty-one under the narration of what happened. First, the story does not clearly illustrate how Lizzie was found after the search; it is not explained who found Lizzie and how the events became known. Second, in the last paragraph, we are again told that this incident happened several years back. The author states, “Many years have passed since that night, and as much as I try, I can’t forget.” The two tenses applied in the story thereby make it confusing.
Conclusively, Grace has been successful in writing the story based on three major trends. The story is well structured with good transitions from paragraph to paragraph. Continuous prose has also been effectively used without the application of subheadings. The characters are well represented and distinguished from each other by names. The trends make the story more interesting to read.