About The Book

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A Child is Missing: searching for justice

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For Signed Copies~
A Child is Missing: A True Story 

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DR. SUSAN TASKER, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, BC, CANADA
None of us expect to experience murder in our family. But, murder does happen to families across neighborhood demographics. This is a deeply personal and profoundly generous account of one family’s lived experience of murder. Beginning from the day of her 13-year-old sister Kathy’s disappearance in November 1971 and across the too-many years of media and investigative involvement in the yet unresolved murder of Kathy Gloddy, Karen Beaudin brings and takes the reader into her family’s home, life, mind, and heart in living with murder in their family. The author describes and discusses the impact of the murder on individual family members and their responses. Writing from her place as one of Kathy’s sisters, Karen Beaudin’s presence is tangible to the reader through her deep, generous and transparent reach to portray cleanly, clearly, and fully how she has endured and lives both the never-endings and foreverness of her sister’s murder. A Child Is Missing will be as much a resource to families as it will be a resource and teaching tool for victim service providers and for mental health, police, media and criminal justice professionals. A haunting, poignant, bothersome, humbling and thought-provoking narrative that remains with me.  

8 thoughts on “About The Book”

  1. Hello Karen, O God I remember… It is something that I will never forget. My mother was so upset I remember her crying . And she didnt even know the Gloddy Family. I hope peace will come to you and your family. Wishing the or they SOB would confess. I was told there is more than one suspect involved or person involved. Hope they are brought to justice… I would love to get your book when it is available. Thank You and Take Care, Debbie

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    1. Thank you Deb for still caring about Kathy’s case and wishing for justice even after all these years. Her murder changed the way many of us in that little town looked at life. The town was emotionally torn. I’m hoping with the Cold Case Unit that my sisters and I fought for and was priviledged to see become reality on Dec. 1, 2009, will help Kathy’s case. But not only hers, there are over 100 unsolved murders and we hope that some of them will see justice.
      Thank you for your comment and for caring,
      Karen

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  2. Karen, I just started your book tonight and am more than half way through it. My heart breaks for all you and your family went through. I remember a long time ago when my children were infants and toddlers you had sent me an encouraging card. “When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on” You have always had a special place in my heart since meeting you in 1982. I will always think and pray for you in a different way but am thankful that God has Always seen and known you and your family and as you say so many times in your book, your sisters death was the product of sin and evil and God Loves us and wants a relationship with us and all good gifts are from God…… I will continue to pray for your current state of being and as you write the next book. I Love you and your example to me as a wife and mother and will always be thankful that God saw fit that we were in the same church family for so many years. May God truly continue to bless you and give you comfort in this sinful world till He Returns for His Bride.

    Love,
    A Sister in Jesus our Lord,
    Renee

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    1. Renee,
      Thank you for your beautiful words and memories. Whatever we go through we must remember that God is stability in a world that is so unstable. I still pray for miracles and know that He is powerful enough to do them. While I wait, sometimes it’s in pain but I hold on to what I know is truth.
      Love,
      Karen

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  3. The author has told the story of the brutal murder of her sister by putting all of her emotions into the book for all of us to experience. While reading “A Child Is Missing” I felt like I was there! What a shame that this case has not been solved! The book is a must read for any of us who remember Kathy Gloddy’s murder. It will appeal to anyone who likes to read murder mysteries.

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    1. Lucy,
      Thank you for your comment and support. Yes, tears were shed on the pages of this book and though you can’t see them, the invisible stains are there. Many suffered because of Kathy’s murder and have never forgotten.
      Love,
      Karen

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