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.
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)