Book Reviews of The Year of Fog

The Year of Fog
The Year of Fog
Author: Michelle Richmond
ISBN-13: 9780385340120
ISBN-10: 0385340125
Publication Date: 2/26/2008
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 395 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 9
Alrite, I was given this book to read. I would recommend this book if you like a lot of details, sometimes I felt lost in the book due to all the descriptions. I mean really how many times do you need to describe a sunset???
however the story line is great the ending leaves you with so many questions.
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Helpful Score: 9
This was not, admittedly, my kind of book. I read about half of it, which was compelling enough (how can you NOT wonder what happens to a child who disappears?) and moderately well written. But then I got tired of the plot and the characters, none of whom I really liked. The ending was downright ridiculous.
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Helpful Score: 6
Year of Fog had some interesting facts about memory, missing children and surfing. However, can't say I enjoyed it all that much. It seemed to bogg down in the middle but did picked up at the end. Some books would be better a little shorter and this was one of them.
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Helpful Score: 6
ABsolutely hated this book. The author went on and on...page after page...chapter after chapter about the main character looking for this child. It was also downright unbelievable. I think the book was edited by an summer, high school intern at the publishing house. It was horrible.
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Helpful Score: 4
Pretty suspensful. I thought the author jumps around too much but, other than that, it was a good read. A great ending!!
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't put this book down. I literally read it in two days...and I have two small children, so it's not like I have a ton of free time on my hands.

The narrator "loses" her fiance's 6-year-old daughter on a foggy San Francisco beach. This book spans the year following that fateful day, as the police become more convinced that the little girl must have drowned, and the narrator becomes obsessively convinced that she was kidnapped. Even as her relationship falls apart (like you couldn't see that one coming), she becomes more committed to finding the little girl than she is to building a life with the girl's father.

Richmond is an excellent writer, who wraps the themes of loss, love, and memory into a fascinating story, although the plot does move rather slowly at times...just like that year does for those involved. Her details are vivid enough that after reading a scene in which the narrator enjoys some late-night french toast, I had to put the book down long enough to make myself some.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book and found myself engrossed in it over the course of a weekend. What struck me most was how deeply I felt the narrator's feelings. A fast read that will keep you thinking about the characters for some time.
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Helpful Score: 2
"The Year of Fog" tells the story of Abby Mason, a San Francisco photographer who "loses" her fiance's six-year old daughter Emma while taking her for a walk on San Francisco's foggy Ocean Beach. Abby looks away from Emma for a moment to snap a photo, and when she looks back, the girl has disappeared. Convinced that Emma has not drowned in the ocean (the girl is terrified of the water), Abby and Emma's father Jake conduct a search to find the missing girl. As the weeks drag into months, it becomes harder and harder to keep motivated to continue the search. A very touching story.
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Helpful Score: 2
I found this book to be a very good mystery, I couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was good when it started out but seemed to drag out and the depression of the whole situation was disheartening, but needless to say I stuck with the book reading and it just didn't get any better toward the middle on into the end when the miraculous takes place which is just way out unbelievable...I was disappointed with this book and would not recommend it to others because of the lack of details and the unrealistic plot...
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Helpful Score: 2
What a journey! Watching a woman search for the truth is profound. To see her give up her ordinary life to do what she knows is right. Courgageous read!
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. The story was good, the characters were likable, and it kept my interest. I really liked the author's style, kind of like Jodi Picoult. The plot is unpredictable all the way to the end. It's a good read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was so excited to finally get to read this book but very disappointed once I started. I had to finish it to find out what had happened to the missing child. Poorly written and rambly in parts. I hated it!!! I would never recommend this book to anyone!
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Helpful Score: 2
I got into this book quickly, but lost interest in the middle. I skimmed it because I did want to know how it turned out. Not a bad book but not great either.
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Helpful Score: 1
On the whole the book was good.. but the ending is what made it that way. Sadly you had to get through the other 200 pages which were incredibly sad and rather heart wrenching! I have to admit, this is one of the ONLY books I have ever "skimmed" get to a better part. I wouldn't recommend this book if you have small children; hits too close to home.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved the beginning of this book but found it to be depressing and tedious at times. I stuck with it however and am glad I did. Overall, it was worth the read. This is heavy subject matter and not a book to read if you are in need of humor.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked it, yes it was repetitive but finding out the outcome was enough to keep me reading. Wish the ending was different though...felt bad for the main character.
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Helpful Score: 1
great book, recommended for people who like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard. Beautiful descriptions of photography and developing pictures comparing parts of that process to the main character's feelings about losing her fiancee's daughter. This is mostly a story about the main character and a little girl she fell in love with and a side story about her and her fiance, the little girl's father.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was an easy read that kept me guessing. I enjoyed the way the character developed.
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Helpful Score: 1
I had a hard time getting into this book and finally gave up.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book. It bounced around alot, but to me it made it more realistic. However the ending is a fictional as an ending can get, but still had a twist to it. Overall a good book, I read it in one day, so once you get going it is hard to stop.
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I really enjoyed this strangely suspenseful book. Well, at times it moved very slowly - and it was rather unbelievable, but I would read another by this author. Also, I wouldn't highly recommend this book, although it was oddly suspenseful. I wish it had a better ending... a little more concrete.
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Absolutely loved this book. Couldn't put it down. I just wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen. Put this on your list of books to read.
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it started it off alittle slow , but wow it was really good
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I liked this book, while it was slow and repetitive at times it helped you understand what she was going through. The way it was written really helped me relate to the main character. I thought it was a thought provoking story.
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Heartbreaking story that I didn't want to put down.
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great book very inspiring never give up
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Was a chore to finish. Too much bla bla bla... Could have been a lot shorter. Don't feel bad if you skip over stuff to get to the end, you're not missing anything. I also felt the ending sucked...
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Ok book...i thought it was dragged out a little too much
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Another writer's writer kind of book. Very accomplished and in the first person. I was captivated by the story from the very beginning to the very end and shared the pain of the antagonist. I wished it ended better for her, but actually was able to see it ahead of time. It was her growth not his in the end! All's well that end's well after all and a happy endin, truly. We all only get to experience and grow after all.
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Wow - what a read - hard to put down - the ending shocked me for days
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I loved this book. Sad, but engrossing at the same time.
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Un-put-down-able.....makes you want to go hug your child!
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good book
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The book was just ok;
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I usually don't read fiction, but was intrigued by this book for two reasons; Its played out in San Francisco ( my home town) and it deals with the stepmother issue of loving someone else's child. The book began slowly and I was ready to close it and forget it. But it picks up the pace and rolls to the end in a quick suspenseful style. If you like lush descriptive writing, lengthy prose and daydreamy narratives, you will like this book. The ending really hit me hard. Bottom line: it deals with Abby's redemption and moving on with her life.
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I could not put this book down. It really kept me engrossed. A definite must-read!
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Great, quick read! I thought it was well written and fairly suspenseful. Although, being a mom it had me a little freaked out at some points but overall a really good book! I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense.
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I really liked No One You Know, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. I thought the plot was interesting, and though I didn't love any of the characters, I did enjoy them for the simple fact they weren't cookie cutter people you could transplant to any story. By halfway through, though, I'd had more than enough of long passages on memory or photograpy not because I was bored but because it felt like a textbook or a lecture--very dry. I think this book would have been better as a short story. Or as a much shorter novel. She could have canned all the exposition on memory and stuck to the story, and I think it would have been great. This hasn't turned me off to the author, and I'll read her other books.
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I loved this book. It caught my interest from the very first page and I could hardly put it down before I finished it. I am in a book club and The Year of Fog was recommended by a member. A few of the ladies had to cheat and peek at the ending to see how it turned out before they could go on reading! A few ladies didn't like it, but the majority loved it as I did. I sent for Michelle Richmond's other book and look forward to that as well.
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I enjoyed this book. It is an easy read with a surprising ending. A book that you can take with you and read a few pages at a time without getting confused!! Enjoyable, light reading
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One look away and the little girl is gone. Disturbing, intriguing, and hard to put down.
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I got tired of waiting for this, so bought it. It wasn't what I expected, but it was interesting.
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I couldn't stop reading this. Would she find the child or not? I had to know. Even after reading this I still can't imagine how parents survive after a child goes missing.
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The pace of this book is excellent and the characters are well portrayed. It demonstrates how fragile relationships are and, perhaps, how perserverance brings results. The main character was with her fiancee's child when she was kidnapped, so she is guilt-ridden and the father of the child is bereft. The outcome is probably the only way this tragedy could have played out, but I was hoping for the alternative.