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The Year of Fog

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  14,653 ratings  ·  2,369 reviews
Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child’s disappearance, and of one woman’s unwavering faith in the ...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Elyse  Walters
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Update..., A Kindle $1.99 special today... I can’t imagine anybody cares not get this but if you have missed reading it ..... it’s a page turner. It was a Bay Area favorite book of the year when it first place released. Great price for a great thought provoking read.

UPDATE NEWS.. Congrats to Michelle.,living in the Bay Area.
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If you haven't read this book yet... Get a copy..
the year it came out!
Anne Meade
Jul 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Sep 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
I picked this up on a lark at Costco the other day and started to read it. In a nutshell, it is about a woman who takes her fiance's young daughter to the beach on a foggy day and the little girl vanishes. The book details the search for the girl. I have to say, the writing did not grab me at all. The dialogue was flat and not very nuanced or engaging. I found myself skimming (very surface skimming at that) the book to see how it all turned out. I think it could have been a good short story, but ...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys well written novels with realistic and sympathetic characters
This is such a beautifully written and compelling story. I really enjoyed it and I found it difficult when I had to put the book down and do something else.

I loved that I didn’t know how it would end, and I won’t ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it, but the book was suspenseful and emotionally moving from beginning to end.

I live in San Francisco and it is the main setting for the book and, unlike many books that supposedly take place in the city, the author got just about everything
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The blurb on the front caught my attention: "Highly recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard."

Well, given my affinity for Jodi books and the fact I read Mitchard's "The Deep End of the Ocean" a few years back and liked it, that was more than enough to cause me to pick up Michelle Richmond's novel.

"The Year of Fog" is reminiscent of Mitchard's book in that it deals with the disappearance of a young child. However, the way the story is laid out reminds me more of
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
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For five years this book has patiently waited in my bookshelf to be read. And it felt just about as long - reading it. Slow, methodical burn. A little too slow for a suspense-thriller. However, it's a solid built, literary piece.

Aside from a bit of sexually graphic narrative, and sprinkles of an occasional expletive, it's relatively tame - for the subject matter. Some may think a bit too tame, or anticlimactic when all is said and done.

Oh, but I grew a great appreciation for the many facets of
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Marika Gillis
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing

"There is a girl, her name is Emma, she is walking on the beach. I look away. Seconds pass. I look back, and she is gone. I keep thinking about the seconds, the ever-expanding circle. How I set this chain of events in motion. How I must find some way to make amends."

The Year of Fog is the the story of Abby Mason, a 32-year-old photographer who is about to be married. While Jake, her fiancee, is away visiting a friend, Abby takes his 6-year-old daughter, Emma, to the beach... and Emma
Dec 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL! I usually advise my students to stay away from all caps and exclamation points, but there is not other way for me to scream about the catastrophe that is this novel. For starters it is about 300 pages too long. And what's with the page and a half chapters? If I'm going to read 81 chapters the book better be 800 pages long. However, this novel sure felt like it was 800 pages long. The protagonist was whiny and irritating. She wants to find her fiance's daughter, but her ...more
Sherri Thacker
Wow. This book grabbed me in right away and the thought of losing someone else’s child while at the beach is just unimaginable!! A very compelling story that I would not want to live through. Could be my last book that I read in 2017.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
A terrifying scenario. You lose a child. What if it's your fiance's six-year old daughter and you've lost her through three second's inattention on a foggy morning at the ocean, while your fiance is out of town?
Your fiance's life is ruined and so is yours. And what happened to the child?
I read 'The Year of Fog' as fast as I could. That wasn't fast enough---I skipped to the end to see what happened. You are a mature person who would never do such a thing. Still, it's a testament to the book's
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story that follows the machinations when a child disappears. Despite the involvement of law enforcement, friends and acquaintances, there aren’t a lot of clues, leaving Abby, soon to be stepmother of the missing Emma in a state of heightened emotions, not the least of which is guilt. The author gives us a taste of the anguish that takes hold as day after day, as the disappearance continues and grinds to a halt. Just when one begins to wonder how much longer the search will go on, the ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoy extended metaphor
The year of Fog starts with a BIG, and risky I might add, plot move. After that, the plot slows and character is at the forefront for nearly 100 pages before plot makes another appearance. This is another risk, but for me, Richmond pulled it off. When reading this novel, I kept thinking, "she had to storyboard this." I could visualize her post-it notes, so many under plot at the beginning that she had to devote time to character. I swear I heard her say at page 105 of her draft, "time to switch ...more
Jan 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked the photo on the cover of this book and that was the reason I picked it up. I also enjoyed the story, but not the ending.

Abby Mason has a wonderful relationship with her fiance, Jake and his child, Emma. Abby takes Emma for a walk along a beach in San Francisco but looks away from her momentarily, only to have Emma disappear in the fog.

Abby is frantic...she searches everywhere for her and calls the police to get them involved. So begins Abby's search...for the little girl lost and
Dakota★Magic in Every Book
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: standalone
The book is emotionally charged and elegantly written, almost poetic in descriptions of memory, however; the book drags on and near the final hundred pages I skimmed, reading only major plot points and skipping our main character inner dialogue.

The characters seem a bit unrealistic, especially the father, Jake, who seems to give up sooner than I know most parents would, who seemed more set on giving up than having hope. Then, his attitude later in the book makes no sense with the circumstances,
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Brief synopsis: A woman is walking along the beach one day with her fiance's young daughter. She turns away for a moment, distracted by something, and the child completely disappears. The would-be stepmother refuses to believe the girl is dead, and is determined to keep searching for clues in order to find out what happened and bring the young girl back home.

Thoughts: I was intrigued by the premise of this story and the idea of how much can go astray in life within the blink of an eye. But the
The Book Maven
Apr 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
A little more than a minute. That's all. Abby didn't look away for more than that, and perhaps it wasn't even that long. But that was all the time it took for her fiance's daughter to disappear into the San Francisco fog.

What happened? Did Emma drown? Or was she kidnapped? Are horrible things happening to her, even as the city turns itself inside out, trying to find her?

Now Abby is guilt-stricken, but she refuses to give up. Long after the police close the search, and her fiance tries to move
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I know a book is a great one when I keep thinking about it and the characters for weeks after I've finished it, even after other books have been read and forgotten. This book has that effect on me. I highly recommend it!
Brenda H
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about Abby, a photographer in San Francisco, who is engaged to Jake. She’s at the beach with her fiance’s daughter, Emma, when in one critical moment, she looks away and Emma goes missing. This book follows Abby’s search for Emma.

Though the storyline had promise, I felt the author failed to deliver. For me, this was a very slow read as I didn’t really think the author created any sense of urgency. The narration was “distant” and had a dreamlike (“foggy”) tone to it that only made
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult book to read and a difficult book to put down. A mother's worst fear is loosing a child...not knowing where they are or what is happening to them. Kidnappings are devistating. In pursuit of educating my kids on the real dangers of kidnapping, I may have over-exposed them to the tragic stories in the news these past few years. I have this urgency for them to "understand" that abduction is real, to be careful, to scream.

Richmond like to use a lot of prose while writing.
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kevin McAllister
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Year Of Fog tells the story of a kidnapped child. A story that's been told a number of times. And I've read my share of them. But there are a number of things which sets this one apart. First of all, it's told from the point of view of the child's stepmother. A boldly different point perspective. It also includes many beautifully written passages on the use of photography as a means, not only to freeze a moment in time, but to imprint that time into our memories. And for me, it's these ...more
Gina *loves sunshine*
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
This was a good read. It definitely goes step by step through the emotional process of having your child disappear - showing how it effects so many lives...all the possibilities...what could have happened to her?!?! It did slow down in some parts as the search really becomes part of the day! But I was totally captivated from about 60-85%. I really wanted a different ending, it didn't even have to be a complete happy ever after - but there were so many parts left loose for me! Bonus points for ...more
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, suspenseful with good characters. Couldn't put it down
Ashley Ann
May 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
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May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents
This book is fantastic - I stayed up just to see how it ended. If you have children, a niece, a granddaughter - you must read this book. Abby - the main character who was walking on Ocean Beach when Emma disappeared - could be any of us. Her drive to never give up looking for her & unwillingness to accept the unacceptable is courageous, admirable and riveting. Her strained relationship with her fiance is heartwrenching as well. HIs pain will break your heart and tear at your soul.

This is a
Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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Difficult topic, but very well written. Worth reading instead of usual formulaic fare.
This book was heavy, hard to read at times, the waiting pace was slow but not excruciating, I think that Michelle Richmond did a wonderful job of capturing the despair and chaos and the inability to change the past.

Abby is engaged to six-year-old Emma's father and they are out at the beach enjoying a nice day. Abby is taking photographs and then suddenly Emma is gone. The excruciating pain and guilt and hopelessness are insane.

Abby's love for Emma and her guilt at having lost her drive her to
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Thank you for stopping by my Goodreads page. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, the middle of three sisters. I made my home in Northern California for nearly 20 years and now live in Paris.My latest novel, the Sunday Times bestseller THE MARRIAGE PACT, is available in 30 languages, with film rights optioned to 20th Century Fox. My previous novels include THE YEAR of FOG, GOLDEN STATE, and others.

“We take pictures because we can't accept that everything passes, we can't accept that the repetition of a moment is an impossibility. We wage a monotonous war against our own impending deaths, against time that turns children into that other, lesser species: adults. We take pictures because we know we will forget. We will forget the week, the day, the hour. We will forget when we were happiest. We take pictures out of pride, a desire to have the best of ourselve preserved. We fear that we will die and others will not know we lived.” 80 likes
“...You find a way, somehow to get through the most horrible things, things you think would kill you. You find a way and you move through the days, one by one, in shock, in despair, but you move. The days pass, one after the other, and you go along with them - occasionally stunned, and not entirely relieved, to find that you are still alive.” 70 likes
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