Book Review: The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse

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I was randomly searching on NetGalley one day when I saw The Coordinates of Loss show up in my feed for recommended books. I’m a big fan of Amanda Prowse, but she has so many previous novels that I hadn’t been paying attention to new releases. Since it was on NetGalley, and the publisher had auto-approved me, I downloaded the book and put it in my queue. I wanted an author I could count on this week and began the read assured it would be the perfect choice. It delivered and I’m very happy with Prowse’s latest story.


Rachel Croft and her husband James are sleeping on their boat in the Caribbean when they discover one morning that their young son, Oscar, isn’t in his bed. They search and search, but he’s gone. No one saw any boats nearby and there’s no sign of any struggle or injury. He had fallen overboard and likely drowned. With no body, how does a family move on? There’s always the question of “what happened” and “could he be somewhere else” and this is what haunts the young couple. Another story about CeCe, their housekeeper, parallels the Croft family pain. CeCe lost a child years ago, too. Through a series of letters, CeCe tries to help Rachel get through the pain. The story chronicles a few years in everyone’s life ultimately culminating in what happens to the family years later after all the pain and struggle seems to come to a head between Rachel and James over who’s at fault.

Prowse is killer when it comes to packing gut-punching emotion. At many points in the story, a rip current tore through me wondering how I’d handle such a situation. While it was powerful and painful, I didn’t feel the normal devastation I’ve previously felt when reading a Prowse novel in the past. It’s not to say say the book isn’t great, as it really is. I devoured it in two days, but parts were less emotional and more matter of fact, and the occasional sense of repetition. At times, Rachel seemed too spoiled and independent, pulling away from James. I got angry with her for not turning to her husband, but then again, it’s a phenomenal author who can make readers angry at good characters for some of their decisions. So truth be told, it’s actually a good thing the way it’s written.

All in all, it’s a prime example of why Prowse’s books always impact me. I will finish them all, but I’m glad to know even her most current ones are still strong contenders for favorite stories each year. A solid 4 stars with a beautiful balance and tone.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


17 thoughts on “Book Review: The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    July 12, 2018 at 8:47 PM

    Wow! This book sounds devastating!! I love a book that really invokes the emotion in us, as readers, when I hate a character or a situation so much because I’m SUPPOSED to hate it, then an author is really doing their job!! 💖💖

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 12, 2018 at 9:46 PM

      Yes! I loved and hated this main character because of the words she said! Totally makes sense.

      Liked by 1 person

    mrsnnnlight said:
    July 12, 2018 at 10:06 PM

    Intriguing review. Will have to check it out!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 12, 2018 at 10:44 PM

      🙂 hope you are well. And thank you! I just saw a new review rating today!

      Liked by 1 person

        mrsnnnlight said:
        July 19, 2018 at 6:39 AM

        You’re most welcome! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    July 12, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    Scary premise. But I love the title, very clever one.

    Liked by 1 person

    Carrie said:
    July 13, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Great review Jay, I completely missed seeing this one added to Netgalley or I might have clicked myself having read her work before and enjoying it.

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    July 13, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Great review Jay. I have come to enjoy Amanda Prowse books as well. Thanks for sharing this, I am preapproved for this book, but because there was not cover yet, I didn’t even notice it when I was looking at options available. I have it now.

    Liked by 1 person

    Cozynookbks said:
    July 13, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    I loved this review Jay! Extolled, but with a hint of constructive criticism regarding the emotional impact. Great job. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    July 16, 2018 at 11:11 PM

    Excellent review, Hon.

    Liked by 1 person

    robbiecheadle said:
    July 17, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    This sounds like a powerful story line, Jay. I can’t think of anything worse that this to happen to a couple.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 17, 2018 at 6:44 PM

      You are right. It was awful seeing how it breaks down every possible level of comfort worth someone else.


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