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The Year of Fog

By: Michelle Richmond
Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
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"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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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.

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