Monday, August 6, 2012

"And then along came Jones...Slow walkin Jones..."

In 1998 Carol Wentz attends a neighborhood party. Six-year-old Iris Neff sees her in the kitchen and asks for a juice box. When she receives the juice, Iris complains that she doesn't like this flavor and demands a different kind. Carol is abrupt with her and informs her that she's not her mother.

Later that day, Iris disappears and Carol convinces herself that her attitude 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 everything that has ever happened to her.

Carol had joined a chat group for people who wanted to find missing persons who were usually members of their families. Thinking that she would get more information as a family member, Carol posed as Iris's mother in the chat.

Brenna works with Carol's husband who seems baffled at his wife's disappearance. He didn't even know that she knew how to use a computer but waited until he was asleep to sneak down to his office and use his.

Intelligently written and with good literary style we observe Brenna's investigation and are amused when she can remember even the smallest details about the various days in question.

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 I found the story to be most original and Brenna a unique protagonist that helped lead the reader to a satisfying conclusion.

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