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EVIDENCE OF LIFE

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The slow pace of Sissel’s novel allows readers to savor the language and the well-drawn characters. Exploring love, marriage, deception and trust against the backdrop of a gut-wrenching mystery leaves little time for the hinted-at romance. This quiet story is enjoyable and insightful.

When her husband and daughter embark on a weekend camping trip, Abby Bennett is focused on the pleasure of some time to herself, until historic flooding descends on the region and the two go missing. Abby rushes to find them but weeks and then months go by with no sign of her daughter or husband. She refuses to believe they are gone forever, even as family and friends tell her to “move on.” As she continues to search, Abby realizes that her marriage and her husband were not all they appeared, putting her and her son in mortal danger. It isn’t until the full truth is revealed that Abby is finally able to heal and consider loving a new man. (MIRA, Apr., 320 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
M.H. Morrison