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The Year of Fog | [Michelle Richmond]

The Year of Fog

Here is the spellbinding story of Abby Mason - photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be stepmother - and the consequences of her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, it is a riveting tale of how life can change in an instant, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love.
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Publisher's Summary

"Here is the truth, this is what I know: I was walking on the beach with Emma. It was cold and very foggy. She let go of my hand. I stopped to photograph a baby seal, then glanced up toward the Great Highway. When I looked back, she was gone."

From this devastating moment unfolds the spellbinding story of Abby Mason - photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be stepmother - and the consequences of her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, it is a riveting tale of how life can change in an instant, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love.

©2007 Michelle Richmond; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] page-turner with a philosophical bent." (Booklist)
"The book is beautifully paced; one feels Abby's clarity of purpose from the first page." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Judy Lott 06-13-07
    Judy Lott 06-13-07

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    "The Year of Fog in Review"

    A compelling story with interesting characters and plot; the introspective style of the main character was interesting. The ending was a bit abrupt; it left me wanting to hear the next chapter. I do hope there is a sequel! It was obvious that this book was written before the pervasiveness of digital photography; otherwise the book was up-to-date.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Anthem, AZ, United States 01-01-08
    Linda Anthem, AZ, United States 01-01-08
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    "unique reading"

    I only give 5 stars for books that are I expect to be classics, so 4 star, imo, is a very good rating.

    I expected a regular mystery/suspense book. It is mystery/suspense, but told in a very unique and interesting way, with quotes from philosophers and psychologists as one woman deals the guilt of having "lost" her step-daughter to be on a foggy beach.


    I enjoyed it quite a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber San Angelo, TX, USA 06-21-07
    Amber San Angelo, TX, USA 06-21-07 Member Since 2006
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    "a lot of promise"

    I enjoyed this book for the most part -- it had echoes of "The Weight of Water" but lacked the literary tightness. Still, one is drawn into the story, wanting and caring to know the outcome.

    I thought the protagonist, Abby, was a sympathetically portrayed character whose distress and subsequent actions after a momentary lapse of supervision over a small girl were believable, and that readers/listeners can readily relate to her overwhelming feelings of guilt and confusion. The introductory passages to the chapters were intriguing, and I hope that the author's future writing will reflect more of the ambiguity of life and less of the "tie up all the loose ends" like a TV drama.

    In short, I don't think you would be disappointed in this book or regret spending money on it, but you may find some irksome - though not critical - flaws.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara The Woodlands, TX, USA 06-12-07
    Barbara The Woodlands, TX, USA 06-12-07
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    "year of fog"

    The Year of Fog was an excellent drama that I loved listening to. Great storyline and very well written. Reminded me of The Deep End of the Ocean but stands well on its own merits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noma HERRIMAN, UTAH, United States 04-07-14
    Noma HERRIMAN, UTAH, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A little disappointing"
    What was most disappointing about Michelle Richmond’s story?

    Nothing happened until the end. It was Abby searching everyday for almost a year with nothing. Several side trips of her life which had nothing to do with the story. I wouldn't recommend it. Strange ending



    What aspect of Carrington Macduffie’s performance would you have changed?

    She was ok



    What character would you cut from The Year of Fog?

    Goofy


    Any additional comments?

    There were many loopholes. Some of the happenings just didn't have any meaning to the story. Finding Emma's shoe, then nothing? It was basically boring. It could have been exciting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kennedy SAN JOSE, CA, United States 06-18-12
    Kennedy SAN JOSE, CA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "With edits w/o edits--a good read..."
    Any additional comments?

    I read this with my high school son. Then he got to meet the author at his school. This was a treat for him! We both enjoyed the book, felt the main character's deep remorse, and felt emotionally invested in her journey.

    To explain my rating, as an editor, I would have advised the author to cut some of the asides regarding her relationships that did not really add justification to the plot. Overall I saw where she was going, so some of the asides, especially the more salacious ones, were a bit gratuitous and distracting. Sans this point, it was a good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barbara Brookside, Australia 08-19-10
    barbara Brookside, Australia 08-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "riveting"

    Loved this book. Kept me interested the whole way through. Characters were real, story was believable and intriguing. I was sorry when it finished.

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    CAC 06-30-08
    CAC 06-30-08
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    "Weak story, weaker narration."

    The narrator's voice as written is whiny and self-involved. The narration of the audio book compounds this flaw. The audio narrator (female) makes all of the male voices, when emotive, sound like stoned surfer dudes. The emotional climax of the novel is ruined when she barks out the male character's lines in a pathetic Keanu Reeves imitation even though the character is supposed to be a philosophy professor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Busconi VT, USA 06-22-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 06-22-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Average read/listen"

    Interesting story however I found the author to be to repetitive for me. Often she would interject information formally introduced for some unknown reason. Overkill really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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