Book Review: The Year of Fog


I don't have much else to say about "The Year of Fog" other than "Wow!"

From the Booklist review on

Richmond's sophomore effort (after Dream of the Blue Room, 2003) traces a
traumatic year in the life of photographer Abby Mason after she loses her
fiance's six-year-old daughter. The moment Abby stopped to photograph a dead
baby seal while walking on a fog-bound beach in San Francisco is one she will
replay in her head a thousand times. That's the last time she saw Emma, who was
racing ahead, eager to collect sand dollars. Panic and fear soon give way to
sheer exhaustion and emotional shutdown as Abby and Emma's dad, Jake, immerse themselves in the desperate search for the missing first-grader. The trauma and the guilt wreak havoc with their relationship and with their struggle to regain a sense of normalcy. Richmond gracefully explores the nature of memory and perception in key passages that never slow the suspense of the search. This is a page-turner with a philosophical bent.

I can't sum it up any better. Obviously, it's a difficult subject, but I could NOT put it down. There is suspense, deep thinking, and relationship angst. What more can you want?

And as a writer... Amazing. Maybe someday I'll learn to write like that. Very well written.
I have books all over the house. Bedside, couch, breakfast table, and of course I keep one in the car for unexpected waiting times. I am usually in the middle of a minimum of three books at a time. This one... had to become my every-place book and life had to be on hold until I finished. It totally pulled me in from the 4th page.
You won't be sorry!

1 comment:

Roxanne said...

It looks like a great book. . .but I had to immediately go and find a spoiler to let me know what happened. I STILL want to read it, but I have to know how it turns out. It's a sickness. I know.

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