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When a young girl disappears near a community in the Adirondacks, the people of the town of Carthage must face the fact that an Iraq War veteran is the prime suspect.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062208125
Branch Call Number: FIC OATES 2014
Characteristics: 482 pages ; 24 cm


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athompson10 Mar 25, 2017

Not one of her best. The plot idea was interesting: a young woman goes missing and her sister's fiance, an unstable Iraq War vet, is the main suspect. Unfortunately the author spends way too much time in the characters' heads and less time advancing the plot. Most of the characters are unlikeable and the missing young woman in particular is very abrasive and unsympathetic. The most interesting character, the sister, is barely touched on until the ending pages. Like much of JCO's work, there is a focus on dysfunctional family dynamics and the middle-class and working-class struggles in a dying upstate New York town. This is a long book and an effort to get through, and I found the ending to be unsatisfying: the author raised so many issues in the book but never brings the characters together to work through any resolutions. Ultimately frustrating.

Feb 06, 2017

An almost painful read, although with a rather interesting approach, up to page 185. It quickens considerably after that.

multcolib_susannel Aug 16, 2016

A missing girl but no body, a war vet with a secret and a family that is blown apart.

May 26, 2014

Unlike the Guardian, I found the first 200 pages fascinating. Then the book goes on and on and on with far too much detail.


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