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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.

Critic Reviews

"[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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  • Amber
  • San Angelo, TX, USA
  • 06-21-07

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Noma
  • HERRIMAN, UTAH, United States
  • 04-07-14

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<br/><br/><br/>

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

She was ok<br/><br/><br/>

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kennedy
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 06-18-12

With edits w/o edits--a good read...

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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.<br/><br/>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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 3 people found this review helpful

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Grrrrrr

I don't think I can listen to another from this author after also listening to The Pact. Totally compelling because you keep thinking SOMETHING is about to happen soon. SPOILER ALERT:
But it just keeps going and going and the endings are so unsatisfying..if that is a word!
However, I stayed up all night listening!

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Boring and Mundane Narrator

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.

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  • Linda
  • Anthem, AZ, United States
  • 01-01-08

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 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • The Woodlands, TX, USA
  • 06-12-07

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 2 people found this review helpful