"As Samanthas picture flashed on the Newfoundland television news every night she became everyone's daughter. We grew familiar with the little round clips that held her brown hair to the side of her head, the big grin, the bright eyes, the baby fat she still carried on her cheeks. We didn't know a lot about her, though, only that she was missing and that, as the days went by unchanging, an entire community was being driven mad with frustration and grief"
On the evening of February 6, 2000, thirteen-year-old Samantha VValsh left her grandmother's house for her home not far away. It was the last time she was ever seen alive. In the next eighteen days, residents of Fleur de Lys and visitors from all over Newfoundland joined together in a desperate search for the missing girl. Across the province and the rest of Canada, people held their breath as they waited for any sign of the girl with the little round hair clips. But toward the end, hope turned into fear as with each passing day the people involved in the search grew certain that not only was Samantha Walsh dead, she had been murdered by one of their own.
- from the foreword by Maura Hanrahan
About the Author
Gordon Walsh is the second oldest in a family of eleven children born to John and Bertha Walsh of Fleur De Lys. He fished with his father out of Fleur de Lys before working in the lumber camps for Bowaters of Corner Brook. He also fished on the Labrador for two years.
He is married to the former Clotilda Quigley and they have four daughters and one son. After ten years as a heavy equipment operator in the Baie Verte asbestos mine, the author returned to fishing for ten years. He was later employed with the town council of Fleur de Lys until retiring for health reasons.
Samantha Bertha Walsh, the subject of this book, is his niece. This is Gordon Walsh's first book.