THE YEAR OF FOG

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Richmond's latest is mesmerizing and beautifully written. This lyrical tale of the drama surrounding one woman's life packs a tremendous emotional punch that will resonate with readers for years to come.

Abby Mason is a freelance photographer living in San Francisco. She is engaged to Jake Balfour, a high school teacher with a young daughter named Emma. But Abby's life is irrevocably changed when she and Emma take a walk along the beach, and Emma disappears without a trace. Weeks and months go by, as police and local volunteers continue to search for Emma.

Jake distances himself emotionally and physically from Abby, who believes that he is blaming her for Emma's disappearance. Though Jake insists on having a memorial service to find closure with Emma's disappearance, Abby continues to search for the young girl. Abby travels to Costa Rica because she believes that through hypnosis, she has discovered clues that will lead her to the people she saw near the beach the day Emma disappeared. Jake evades Abby's phone calls while she continues her search in Costa Rica. If Abby is able to miraculously find Emma, can she and Jake ever return to the way they were before her disappearance? Or will Abby embark on a new relationship with Nick, a handsome client who has provided her with friendship in her time of need? (Delacorte, Apr., 384 pp., $20.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick