In 1998 Carol Wentz attends a neighborhood party. Six-year-old Iris Neff sees her in the kitchen and asks for some juice. When Carol gives it to her, Iris complains that she doesn't like that flavor and wants a different kind. Carol tells her that she's not her mother and doesn't help.
Later that day, Iris disappears and Carol convinces herself that her attitude may have had something to do with it.
When Carol disappears in 2009, missing person investigator, Brenna Spector enters the search. Brenna has the unique ability to remember every thing that has ever happened to her.
She learns that Carol had joined a chat group for missing persons and used Iris's mother's name. She thought she would get more information as a family member.
Brenna works with Carol's husband who seems baffled at his wife's disappearance. He was unaware that his wife knew how to use a computer since she would sneak down stairs and use his when he was asleep.
Intelligently written and with good literary style, we observe Brenna's investigation and are amused when she interviews people and can call up facts from her memory.
The story is darkly realistic as we wonder how many things can go wrong in a police investigation. In the end, Brenna shows what she's made of and brings the various aspects to the story to a satisfactory conclusion.
With a main character who has a bizarre medical condition that is both a blessing and a curse- Brenna can remember any situation, any moment in time, but she can be thrown into those memories involuntarily by a smell or a snippet of conversation that acts as a trigger. She has been this way ever since her older sister got into a car one day and disappeared. Now Brenna searches for other lost people, hoping all the time to somehow unlock the key to finding her sister. The story … more
“A deftly plotted, completely involving novel with one of the most memorable protagonists to come along in years. Brenna Spector is tough, loyal, and canny -- and that’s just in her day-to-day life as the mother of an adolescent.” (Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author )
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