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The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
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Jan 23, 09

Read in January, 2009

** spoiler alert ** A quick summary so you know who the characters I reference below are...Abby takes Jake's (her fiancee's) daughter, Emma, to the beach where Emma is kidnapped.

This was a 400 pages book and it could have been 250 pages...

This first 100 pages of this book were great because of the action/ suspense of Emma going missing, the beginning of the search for Emma, and seeing the toll the event takes on Abby and Jake's relationship.

The middle 200 pages was NOT great because it is just a continuous repition of the first 100 pages.

The last 100 pages the action/suspense picks up again because Abby gets a lead that you knew was going to finally lead to an answer - is Emma alive or dead.

So, based upon those numbers, what the author wrote could have been 200 pages. I am adding in another 50 pages because I would have loved to have know two other things...

1) A chapter about how Emma was kidnapped.

2) A "two years later" chapter letting us know if Abby ended up with Jake, Nick (one of Abby's clients), or the missing children's support group leader (I can not remember his name).

The author wrote a lot of useless chapters of memories from Abby's childhood that had no reference to the story. All the text about Abby's first sexual partner, Ramon, could have been omitted. The author spent so much text writing analogies for what she was trying to say, when she could have just gotten to the point.

It almost seems like the author was trying to write like John Grisham with a feminine, emotional, chick-book twist. She was not quite successful.
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Srinidhi.R Srinidhi.R I like your critical review..


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