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The Year of Fog

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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
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Anne Meade
Jul 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate
Sep 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 rig
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Elyse
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE NEWS.. Congrats to Michelle.,living in the Bay Area.
The movie is being made with
Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish.

If you haven't read this book yet... Get a copy..
It won BOOK OF THE YEAR in the BAY AREA
the year it came out!





I read this book right after our city 'San Jose' picked it "City-Book-of-the-Year".

It was a story nobody forgets.

While reading this story --I often asked myself, "What would I have done different"? If ANYTHING???

I'm excited to discovered I have won a copy of Michel
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Brian
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alisa
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mich
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Marika Gillis
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mysteries

"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 disappears
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Laura
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 qua
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Cardee
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lydia
Dec 31, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 const ...more
Diane
Jan 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 even
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Laurel
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 s
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Brenda H
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 th
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Jayci
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. Though
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*Nan*
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 brill ...more
Gina *loves sunshine*
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 th ...more
Beth
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ashley Ann
May 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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The Book Maven
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 on
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Maria João Fernandes
Confesso que demorei, exactamente, um mês para ler este livro. Porém, ao contrário do que esta confissão parece significar, tenho a dizer que a história me cativou ao ponto de, cada vez que retomei o livro, me lembrava precisamente do sitio da narrativa onde tinha ficado e de tudo o que ficava para trás.

Uma história sobre a perda de uma criança, num momento que fosse irreflectido, distracção ou falta de responsabilidade, nos mostra como um segundo pode mudar a direcção das nossas vidas. Mas, mai
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Neide Parafitas
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2012, own
"O Ano do Nevoeiro" é um livro contado na personagem de Abby, noiva de Jake, que num dia de Verão, de um imenso nevoeiro, perde de vista por alguns segundos Emma, filha de Jake. O que Abby não sabe é a repercussão que esta pequena distração irá ter na sua vida daqui para a frente.

Passam-se semanas e mesmo meses e a polícia e mesmo Jake acreditam que nunca irão encontrar a menina, pois tudo leva a crer que morreu afogada na praia onde passeava. Mas Abby não desiste e acredita que Emma está à sua
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Dakota★Magic in Every Book
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 through the pages, reading only major plot points and skipping, our main character, Abby's 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 s
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Kelly
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kendra
Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rennie
This is a fairly quick read. I found that it was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. It is written in present tense and flashbacks taking you on a journey with Abby to find Emma.
Leah
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2010
When Abby Mason looks away from her six-year-old step-daughter for 30 seconds one day at the beach, the last thing she expects is to look back and find Emma gone. It seems as if Emma has just disappeared into thin air and as the search for Emma grows and nothing arises, Abby finds herself locked in her guilt.

Months pass and Abby refuses to give up hope even when everyone around her believes that Emma simply drowned. The need to find Emma turns into an obsession for Abby and soon her relationship
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Laura de Leon
4.5 stars, if I could give 1/2 stars here.

This is a compelling look at the aftermath of a child's disappearance, but even more than that, it's a reflection on memory, how it works, and what it means to remember something.

The book plunges into the immediate events leading up to Emma's disappearance. She's out of sight by the second page of the book's text. I actually felt this was a little off-putting, there was this big emotional event and I didn't even know the characters first.

Any doubts I had
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Michelle
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t recommend this novel. It is boring and repetitive. The first 50 pages are suspenseful and remarkably attractive. However, once Emma goes missing, the pace starts to get slower and slower, which makes me feel sleepy every time when I take the novel up.

I am tired of Abby moaning about her guilt of losing Emma in the middle 200 pages. In almost every chapter, she counts the number of days that Emma has disappeared, which makes me feel annoyed.

Here is the truth, this is what I know: I was wa
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“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.” 74 likes
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