WHAT WAS LOST
O'Flynn elevates common characters into fascinating studies of people and their circumstances. Her portrayal of Kate Meany, a young girl who spends her days playing detective, is vivid and heart wrenching. The author's tender sense of humor shines through her writing, providing relief from the sadness of the story.
Kate Meany tracks and documents the actions of potential suspects
at Green Oaks shopping mall. She has few same-aged friends and is frequently unsupervised, but she entertains herself with her active imagination. Tension mounts as she focuses on a single suspect she thinks is planning a bank robbery. When Kate disappears, suspicion falls on the adult son of a shop owner.
Twenty years later, the suspect's sister and a security guard at Green Oaks begin noticing ghostly glimpses of young Kate on the mall's surveillance cameras. Can they figure out what happened to the girl? (HOLT, Jul., 256 pp., $14.00)