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In Blackwater Lake by Maggie James we meet Matthew, a son living with guilt. He had moved away from his parents’ home at age eighteen to travel the world. He checked in with them periodically over ten years but only returned when his dad, Joe, informed him mom, Evie, needed him. Once he returned he discovered Evie was in later, rapidly developing stages of dementia. She had become dangerous to Joe as evidenced by increasing, unpredictable physical assaults. Not knowing what to do, Joe and Matthew delayed the inevitable, putting Evie in a nursing care facility. Now Evie and Joe had disappeared. Matthew felt obliged to call the police but was embarrassed to think what they would find when the police searched his parents’ home.