Everything I Never Told You

Officer Fiske Character Analysis

Officer Fiske is the police officer charged with investigating Lydia’s death. He is fair and patient with the Lee family, though he ultimately ignores the beliefs of both Marilyn and Nath and rules Lydia’s death a suicide. When Nath drinks so much whisky that he throws up, Fiske is kind to him and brings him safely home.
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Officer Fiske Character Timeline in Everything I Never Told You

The timeline below shows where the character Officer Fiske appears in Everything I Never Told You. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...them that most teenage girls come home of their own accord within 24 hours. Suddenly, Officer Fiske remembers that Marilyn went missing 11 years ago and asks James to confirm if this... (full context)
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...run away of her own accord, and asks worriedly if there’s “some psycho kidnapping girls.” Officer Fiske reassures her that this is highly unlikely and that in almost every case girls come... (full context)
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...increasingly doubtful that Lydia’s claims of spending time with these girls are true. James calls Officer Fiske and tells him that no-one Lydia “knows from school” has any idea where she is;... (full context)
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On Wednesday morning, James calls Officer Fiske again, but there is no news. Hannah and Nath stay home from school, but the... (full context)
Chapter 5
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James responds that he doesn’t think a “nutcase” took Lydia. Just then, Officer Fiske arrives, and informs the family that they have spoken to Karen Adler and Lydia’s other... (full context)
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Nath steps outside with Officer Fiske , thinking that if Lydia had been a “normal” teenage girl the police would have... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...James calls the police to see if he can do anything more to help. However, Officer Fiske gently points out that Marilyn packed suitcases and took her keys, which suggests that she... (full context)
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...about these phone calls, and he has been growing increasingly irritated by his suspicion that Officer Fiske thinks it was “only a matter of time” before Marilyn left him. Meanwhile, Marilyn tells... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...“Children of mixed backgrounds often struggle to find their place.” The phone rings; it is Officer Fiske , who tells James that they have concluded that Lydia’s death was a suicide and... (full context)
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When James tells Marilyn about Fiske’s call, she replies that the police can’t close the case when “whoever did this is... (full context)
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...tells Nath and Hannah that the police have ruled Lydia’s death a suicide. Nath calls Officer Fiske and urges him to keep investigating Jack, but Nath gets the impression that Fiske thinks... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Fiske, who tells Nath, “Son, it’s time to go home.” Nath is so stunned by Fiske’s kindness that he begins to cry. (full context)