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.
"[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)
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.
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
She was ok
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
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!
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!
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.
Only kept listening to end because a friend liked it. I could not wait til the finish which I thought would never come. If you like listening to someone's every thought and movement, listen to this. Depressing.
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.
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.
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.
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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