This book sucked me in pretty quickly, and I found it hard to put down. Some chapters were short and not really part of the story, so I skipped many of those. I think they were intended to show the angst of the main character, but that had already been made clear in my opinion.
All in all, this was a very good book and definitely worth reading.
Loved it! Finished in record time because I couldn't put it down! The writing style was really unique - there were many psychological references that were really interesting (and I'm not typically interested in that type of thing) and really added to the context of the story. It ended slightly abruptly with some loose ends. I can totally imagine another story with the main character that could stand completely alone and apart from the plot of this story. Definitely recommend!
Heavy and sad. Written about a missing child, Emma. I thought that the conclusion regarding Emma was a little unrealistic, but everything else was so real and heartbreaking. Some parts of the book in the middle were a little long and I found myself skimming the pages, but I still could not quit reading.
This is an excellent book - very well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't stop reading it once I started. As you read it you realize the importance in all the details you need to recall when you've lost a loved one. Then you realize that the main character is suddenly seeing every single detail in life, now that she realizes how important details can be. Fascinating and engrossing story... I want to read more from this author!
WOW! Michelle Richmond is now one of my favorite writers simply because of this book. Here's what the book is about from the back cover: A child's disappearance is at the heart of the riveting read that follows photographer, fiancee and soon-to-be stepmother Abby Mason. Once the drama starts, prepare to race to the last page.
I couldn't put this book down. If you like Jaquelyn Mitchard or Jodi Picoult, you will like this book.
Very good book. Very sad that a child could go missing when you look away for a second. I liked this book very much, but some of the stuff about memory was a little much and I skipped those parts. I really felt bad for Abby, the fiance. What a guilt trip she had on her. Definitely worth reading. I think I might check out Michelle Richmond's new book.
A young girl goes missing on a California beach. What has happened to Emma? Did she drown or was she kidnapped? Will she ever be found? Could you forgive the person who was suppose to be watching her? These questions are at the heart of The Year of Fog. When a child is missing, do you ever stop looking and, if so, when? Jake, Emma's father, follows the statistics and holds a memorial service for his daughter. His fiance Abby, a photographer and the last one to see Emma, keeps searching her mind and the beach for Emma. And how can Jake and Abby go on as a couple with Emma's disappearance hanging over them? I won't spoil the ending other than to say it was satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time. There is a "missing last chapter" available for download that is worthwhile. A good--not fantastic--read.
An extremely well written book. The ending was little hard to believe, yet when I thought about it, I realized a woman's intuition is very powerful. The main character follows her intuition at all cost to its logical conclusion. A reminder that many of us should do the same.
Wow. While I wouldn't compare the writing style of Michelle Richmond to Jodi Picoult, this was a 'heavy' book. I felt such pain for the main character, but there were times I thought the book meandered in ways that didn't improve it's quality.
The Year of Fog is a very good, very well-written book. It is long and, at times, seems a little too long. What's wonderful about that is that it's intentional. The protagonist, Abby, is searching for a little girl who has disappeared. Desperate to find her and refusing to give up, Abby spends every minute worrying about the little girl and trying to figure out how to locate her, where she could be. Meanwhile, Abby is trying to make a living and encourage herself to get on with her life as the days pass slowly, intolerably. During the times when the story seems slow or the book kind of plods along, the reader becomes aware of how awful this time must be for Abby. Each day that passes, that the little girl isn't found is another day without her. It'sd excruciating, painful. As quickly as the days pass, they also seem interminable.
This is a great book about a terrible situation that occurrs more often then any of us want to know.
Loved this book. It is about a woman who blames herself when her fiancee's young daughter goes missing while they are walking together. It deals with her feeling, the changes in her relationship with the girl's father, and her search for the girl. It has interesting information about memory and how it works. It's the first book in a long time that I seriously considered reading again only a couple of months later.
Good book but not great. The explanation of how the memory process works was too much detail ..didn't hold my interest. Overall the story was good but it seems to have a repetition of thoughts that made the book feel too long.
The sense of place in this book is incredibly intense. Anyone who has experienced San Francisco fog will recognize it, and I think anyone who has not will begin to understand it. The story is immediately compelling, and the descriptions of the characters and their individual journeys are moving. The premise - the loss of a child in a random, sudden event - is so chilling, that there were times I wanted to stop reading. But I wanted to follow the characters and find out what happened in the end. It was both what I expected and a surprise, so hang in there, and just enjoy the beautiful words.
I really enjoyed this book. The little girl who goes missing is the daughter of this lady's boyfriend. So, throughout the book there is a lot of tension to their relationship as well as the tension included in the search for the little girl. About 2/3 of the way through I started to get a little bored and it seemed to me that the book was too long, but I figured I was that far along, I wasn't going to quit then and I continued. And I'm so glad I did. That's all I will say about that. The book was an easy read....finished it in just a couple of days or so. Go ahead and read it, you'll like it.
This was a riveting and at times heartbreaking book. The author perfectly captured a family's turmoil and ultimate breakdown when their child becomes a victim of kidnappers. It is not a who-done-it or a procedural but a deeply moving look into the inner lives of people in crisis. It also captured the love/hate relationship the media has with sensational stories involving children. I highly recommend this book.