In the novel, Absolution, the writer, Clare Wald searches for the truth that will release her from her nightmares and sleepless nights due to the events from the past. The different events and each and every characters view in the novel provides a different outcome of the truth. It leaves the reader with a sense of confusion and wonder as to what the 'real' truth is. Clare has to accept a form of truth so that she can move on with her life. The statement 'You will know the turn and the truth will set you free' is true in its own way as we can see Clare's relationship with Sam and Mark grants her inner demons at some point to come out and show themselves.
As a mother and sister, Clare Wald seeks meaningful truth so that she can assemble a version of events that will aid her research for absolution. This compiled version will allow her to accept her past peacefully without having the haunting ghosts of Nora and Laura altering her mind rendering her sleepless for nights on end. Clare has dreams of her daughter,Laura, calling her "a monster" because she believes that she failed her "wild beast daughter" by failing to hold herself accountable in the way Laura needed. Clare believes that she should have known what Laura needed and should of helped Laura in what she "would feel compelled to do". Clare receives Laura's Diaries from Lionel and Timothy but these diaries don't provide Clare with the truth nor help her seek absolution. She states "far from leading me to the truth of your destiny, your notebooks only push you further from my sense of who you were". Clare is desperate for the truth about her daughter and worried if she is still even alive. She states, "far from leading me to the truth of your destiny, your notebooks only push you further from my sense of who you were." Clare is desperate for the truth about her daughter and also about whether she is alive still.