Full of relationship twists and turns, Fielding's latest, with its focus on a young woman's disappearance, is compelling in the manner of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, as it chronicles the lives of those most affected by a purported tragedy while unraveling the mystery behind it. Furthermore, strong supporting characters provide some interesting subplots.

When Cindy Carver's daughter Julia, a 21-year-old aspiring actress, disappears after a movie audition, Cindy is bereft and without focus.

As her search leads her to notify the police, she gets little sympathy from her ex-husband and his trophy wife. Complicating matters, Cindy feels Julia has abandoned her a second time; as she recently returned to her mother's home after living with her father since she turned 13.

Cindy's younger daughter, Heather, is forced into the background, as she struggles to understand her breakup with her boyfriend without the support of her mother.

(Aug., 384 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick