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Missing child arc is one of my favorite. This had the children at the core along with on-a-break Detective Anna Hart offering her instincts to help find Cameron, a lost teen.
My first book by author Paula McClain, I was so pulled by the cover. It was as if the words in it were calling out my name. Then came the story and plot arc. A damaged cop was done many times in practically most police procedural, but here Anna had a rawness in her. Her pain held my heart a hostage.
The story was all about careful joining the lines between clues. Anna’s way of getting to the root of the statements from various people enamored me. She touched my soul, with her difficult past and a present which didn’t allow her to grieve.
Author Paula McClain’s writing had the passion, the smooth weaving of the cases, short chapters that left me wanting more. In the silence of the afternoon, all that could be heard were my rising pulse rate along with the tapping of my screen.
A must read, I would say. There is something mesmerizing about Anna…
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Anna Hart is a missing persons detective in San Francisco. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.
Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives–and our faith in one another.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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