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Uma mulher e uma criança passeiam na praia, numa fria manhã de Verão. O nevoeiro é tão denso que a visibilidade não ultrapassa alguns metros. A criança, irrequieta, solta-se por momentos da mão da mulher e não volta a ser vista. Fazem-se repetidas buscas, mas decorrem dias, semanas, meses e não se encontra rasto da menina desaparecida. Uma história pungente, escrita da perUma mulher e uma criança passeiam na praia, numa fria manhã de Verão. O nevoeiro é tão denso que a visibilidade não ultrapassa alguns metros. A criança, irrequieta, solta-se por momentos da mão da mulher e não volta a ser vista. Fazem-se repetidas buscas, mas decorrem dias, semanas, meses e não se encontra rasto da menina desaparecida. Uma história pungente, escrita da perspectiva de uma mulher que, por uma desatenção de segundos, se torna responsável pelo desaparecimento da filha do homem que ama....

Title : O Ano do Nevoeiro
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ISBN : 9789722343923
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 442 Pages
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O Ano do Nevoeiro Reviews

  • Elyse
    2019-04-18 10:44

    Update..., A Kindle $1.99 special today... I can’t imagine anybody cares not get this but if you have missed reading it ..... it’s a page turner. It was a Bay Area favorite book of the year when it first place released. Great price for a great thought provoking read. UPDATE NEWS.. Congrats to Michelle.,living in the Bay Area. The movie is being made with Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish. If you haven't read this book yet... Get a copy..It won BOOK OF THE YEAR in the BAY AREAthe year it came out! I read this book right after our city 'San Jose' picked it "City-Book-of-the-Year".It was a story nobody forgets. While reading this story --I often asked myself, "What would I have done different"? If ANYTHING??? I'm excited to discovered I have won a copy of Michelle Richmond's new book "Golden State" as a Goodreads 'first read'. The book sounds GREAT! I'm still wanting to read 'other' books by Michelle Richmond, also. From my experience, she's an author that 'grabs' ya from the first page ---writes page-turning novels!

  • Anne Meade
    2019-04-15 10:02

    If I could give this book a negative rating, I would. I am one who is unable to put down books, so I had to endure the entire thing, but it was a HUGE waste of quality reading time. Just to prevent all of you from having to read the entire book I'll summarize the entire story in one sentence: A woman loses her boyfriend's daughter and spends a year or so looking for her, once everyone else has given up, the woman follows a ridiculous lead to Costa Rica and just happens to find the child sitting on a beach and takes the child back while the kidnappers are busy surfing in the ocean... Do not read this book.

  • Kate
    2019-04-11 13:08

    I picked this up on a lark at Costco the other day and started to read it. In a nutshell, it is about a woman who takes her fiance's young daughter to the beach on a foggy day and the little girl vanishes. The book details the search for the girl. I have to say, the writing did not grab me at all. The dialogue was flat and not very nuanced or engaging. I found myself skimming (very surface skimming at that) the book to see how it all turned out. I think it could have been a good short story, but 3/4s+ of it could have been cut out. My opinion, anyway...

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-26 07:54

    This is such a beautifully written and compelling story. I really enjoyed it and I found it difficult when I had to put the book down and do something else.I loved that I didn’t know how it would end, and I won’t ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it, but the book was suspenseful and emotionally moving from beginning to end.I live in San Francisco and it is the main setting for the book and, unlike many books that supposedly take place in the city, the author got just about everything right here: the many neighborhoods and so many specific locations in each of them. So, that was great fun for me, and softened some of the painful feelings that came up for me because of the subject of the book.This is a novel told first person by the fiancé and soon to be stepmother of a child who goes missing. I loved Abby’s voice and the story was so riveting. I cared about Abby, Emma, Jake, and several other characters in the book; even some of the peripheral characters are shown in some depth.What I especially enjoyed was how information about photography and memory are interspersed with the story. The author either has much knowledge or did a lot of research about these subjects, and she writes very poetically about them. As someone who knows virtually nothing about photography, I learned quite a bit. There are quotes from books about memory and the contents were so fascinating that I put one of those books on my to-read list. Having the book go back and forth in time between Abby’s present and past also added immeasurably to the story. I am eager to read all the other books by this author. My only regret is that this book would have been a good choice for my book club and I wish that I had waited, nominated it for one of our books, and read it with my book group. (Vegan Book Club members: I wouldn’t mind reading it again for one of our discussions. Or, you all might enjoy this one on your own.)

  • Brian
    2019-04-02 08:52

    The blurb on the front caught my attention: "Highly recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard."Well, given my affinity for Jodi books and the fact I read Mitchard's "The Deep End of the Ocean" a few years back and liked it, that was more than enough to cause me to pick up Michelle Richmond's novel."The Year of Fog" is reminiscent of Mitchard's book in that it deals with the disappearance of a young child. However, the way the story is laid out reminds me more of my first-read and favorite Jodi book, "The Pact", in that the dramatic event that makes you catch your breath and your pulse start to race takes place right off the bat, and the author leaves you furiously turning the next 400 pages searching for the answers, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together.Richmond's narrator, Abby, a photographer, a fiancee, a soon-to-be stepmother of Emma, the six-year-old who disappears on a San Francisco beach one foggy morning, stands front and center in this book. Although I think Picoult's style of letting several characters in each novel tell the story, there are times I wish she would give us a straight shot with one person, as Richmond does, because you live each moment inside Abby's head as she searches day after day, long after the police and even Emma's father, who eventually elects to go ahead with a memorial service for his daughter in an attempt to move on, have given up hope.I don't want to start throwing out five-star ratings for just anything, but this book delivered from start to finish -- the last 50 pages were an emotional roller-coaster, where one resolution only leads to a whole new set of questions. Very short chapters make this an easy book to pick up and put down, but it's hardly a light read. And it was insanely difficult once I started to put it down.

  • Alisa
    2019-04-21 15:04

    A quick summary so you know who the characters I reference below are...Abby takes Jake's (her fiancee's) daughter, Emma, to the beach where Emma is kidnapped. This was a 400 pages book and it could have been 250 pages...This first 100 pages of this book were great because of the action/ suspense of Emma going missing, the beginning of the search for Emma, and seeing the toll the event takes on Abby and Jake's relationship.The middle 200 pages was NOT great because it is just a continuous repition of the first 100 pages.The last 100 pages the action/suspense picks up again because Abby gets a lead that you knew was going to finally lead to an answer - is Emma alive or dead.So, based upon those numbers, what the author wrote could have been 200 pages. I am adding in another 50 pages because I would have loved to have know two other things...1) A chapter about how Emma was kidnapped.2) A "two years later" chapter letting us know if Abby ended up with Jake, Nick (one of Abby's clients), or the missing children's support group leader (I can not remember his name).The author wrote a lot of useless chapters of memories from Abby's childhood that had no reference to the story. All the text about Abby's first sexual partner, Ramon, could have been omitted. The author spent so much text writing analogies for what she was trying to say, when she could have just gotten to the point.It almost seems like the author was trying to write like John Grisham with a feminine, emotional, chick-book twist. She was not quite successful.

  • Mich
    2019-04-25 13:07

    in my opinion this book was 'ok'. i got really tired of her self flagellation and moaning around about her losing this child. i can not imagine what it would be like but to read about it for over 200 pages it just became very monotonous for me. many things made me nuts like where DID this woman get her $ to live such a lifestyle of constant searching? i also had trouble believing the ending, however since it was 'happy' i guess i cant complain,.. happy but unbelievable and i REALLY wanted her to just stand up to the policeman AND that jake and say I TOLD YOU SO! and what KIND of ending it was! aside from telling jake i TOLD YOU SO i would also call him a few choice words.would i read it again? no. would i recommend it? maybe, if there was nothing better around

  • Sherri Thacker
    2019-03-31 13:46

    Wow. This book grabbed me in right away and the thought of losing someone else’s child while at the beach is just unimaginable!! A very compelling story that I would not want to live through. Could be my last book that I read in 2017.

  • Marika Gillis
    2019-04-25 12:13

    "There is a girl, her name is Emma, she is walking on the beach. I look away. Seconds pass. I look back, and she is gone. I keep thinking about the seconds, the ever-expanding circle. How I set this chain of events in motion. How I must find some way to make amends." The Year of Fog is the the story of Abby Mason, a 32-year-old photographer who is about to be married. While Jake, her fiancee, is away visiting a friend, Abby takes his 6-year-old daughter, Emma, to the beach... and Emma disappears. This riveting novel follows Abby's desperate search to find out what happened to Emma, and repair the devastation that has torn her family's life apart.Michelle Richmond is a spellbinding writer who introspectively explores the facets of human memory in this heartbreaking novel. Desperate to recapture the moment she lost Emma, Abby is frantic to find some morsel of a clue or speck of a memory from that foggy day on the beach that will help her uncover Emma's fate. She wanders the streets and beaches of San Fransisco, she searches the face of every child. Similarly, her camera, behind which Abby used to find her sanity and peace, becomes insufficient at recapturing (or offering clues about) those most precious, essential, life-changing seconds in time. I picked this book up on a whim at Target a couple of weeks ago simply because of the quote on the front of the book, "Highly recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard." And what a pleasure it is to find a new author to devour! The structure of this book is wonderfully readable. The short chapters (which I love) contain just the right mix of raw emotion and new developments to propel the story forward. Many recent evenings I have spent more hours than I had intended reading "just a little bit more" as I, too, became desperate to know the fate of little Emma. I highly recommend this book to everybody (except worried, overprotective mothers)! Michelle Richmond has told a spectacular story!

  • Lydia
    2019-04-22 12:03

    AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL! I usually advise my students to stay away from all caps and exclamation points, but there is not other way for me to scream about the catastrophe that is this novel. For starters it is about 300 pages too long. And what's with the page and a half chapters? If I'm going to read 81 chapters the book better be 800 pages long. However, this novel sure felt like it was 800 pages long. The protagonist was whiny and irritating. She wants to find her fiance's daughter, but her constant paranoia about her fiance dumping her just intensifies her selfishness. I'm glad he didn't take her back. She lost his kid for crying out loud! How could he ever trust her again? I hate her. I also hate that the only thing dragging me to the end of the story was to find out what did happen to the little girl. I had to go about 350 pages into the novel to find that out. I was two seconds from saying "screw it, I do care what happened to the kid." The ending was so anticlimactic. Not that I want to read about the horrible things people might do to little girls, but the author barely alludes to what might have been done to this little girl. I think the worst of it was that she was locked in a house with only a box of macaroni and cheese. Really? That's it? She's been missing for a year and that's the worst that happened to her? 300+ pages of the story labor on and on about the protagonist's pathetic life, including an inappropriate relationship when she was 16 with a 27 year old, and stupid tidbits about how memory works. Seriously, forcing someone to read this book is a new form of torture.

  • Laura
    2019-04-17 14:04

    A terrifying scenario. You lose a child. What if it's your fiance's six-year old daughter and you've lost her through three second's inattention on a foggy morning at the ocean, while your fiance is out of town?Your fiance's life is ruined and so is yours. And what happened to the child?I read 'The Year of Fog' as fast as I could. That wasn't fast enough---I skipped to the end to see what happened. You are a mature person who would never do such a thing. Still, it's a testament to the book's quality that I was riveted by the unfolding of the story even after I knew what was going to happen. I didn't want it to end. Again.I haven't read Jacquelyn Mitchard, but I have read Jodi Picoult. Picoult's a good storyteller, but her books are beginning to be pretty formulaic. Richmond's a better storyteller. I'm looking forward to her new book.

  • Cardee
    2019-04-21 10:07

    The year of Fog starts with a BIG, and risky I might add, plot move. After that, the plot slows and character is at the forefront for nearly 100 pages before plot makes another appearance. This is another risk, but for me, Richmond pulled it off. When reading this novel, I kept thinking, "she had to storyboard this." I could visualize her post-it notes, so many under plot at the beginning that she had to devote time to character. I swear I heard her say at page 105 of her draft, "time to switch back to plot." I felt really smart, and I thought all of these many important things. I finished reading the last page and realized that I am stupid, but Michelle Richmond is a genius.

  • Diane
    2019-04-25 14:53

    I liked the photo on the cover of this book and that was the reason I picked it up. I also enjoyed the story, but not the ending. Abby Mason has a wonderful relationship with her fiance, Jake and his child, Emma. Abby takes Emma for a walk along a beach in San Francisco but looks away from her momentarily, only to have Emma disappear in the fog. Abby is frantic...she searches everywhere for her and calls the police to get them involved. So begins Abby's search...for the little girl lost and eventually herself. The story chronicles the weeks and then months from the moment that Emma disappears and Abby realizes that she has lost her. Throughout the ordeal she tries to keep her relationship with Jake together but finds it harder and harder to do so as he continuously pushes her away. When he has given up hope on finding his little girl, Abby prevails and continues the search. She cannot live with herself for having looked away for a few seconds only to have Emma yanked from their lives. Abby firmly believes that Emma is alive some where waiting for her and her dad. The ending was a bit of a let down for me in that it all came together a little too easily. I mean, what are the chances? Also, I was let down with Jake's character. He obviously was not the man that Abby thought he was. The writing in this book was well done and I enjoyed it though I agree with some of the other reviewers in that some parts just dragged on for far too long.

  • Laurel
    2019-03-29 07:01

    Brief synopsis: A woman is walking along the beach one day with her fiance's young daughter. She turns away for a moment, distracted by something, and the child completely disappears. The would-be stepmother refuses to believe the girl is dead, and is determined to keep searching for clues in order to find out what happened and bring the young girl back home.Thoughts: I was intrigued by the premise of this story and the idea of how much can go astray in life within the blink of an eye. But the story quickly lost steam for me, with far too many repetitive reflections on what might have happened, but with nothing really actually happening. I eventually lost interest and found myself skipping large portions just to get to the end. I won't spoil what that ending is, but I will say that I found the conclusion to be a bit of a stretch.Here were my two favorite lines in the book, in reference to photography:"Photographs represent our endless battle against time, our determination to preserve a moment."and"To think it takes so little to transform a passing moment into something resembling permanence. ...We take pictures because we can't accept that everything passes. We can't accept that the repetition of a moment is an impossibility."In fact, there are a lot of interesting tidbits about photography and our capacity for memory thrown in throughout the book, and the author did well in her research in these areas. But the story itself just wasn't all that compelling for me in the end.

  • The Book Maven
    2019-04-16 09:57

    A little more than a minute. That's all. Abby didn't look away for more than that, and perhaps it wasn't even that long. But that was all the time it took for her fiance's daughter to disappear into the San Francisco fog.What happened? Did Emma drown? Or was she kidnapped? Are horrible things happening to her, even as the city turns itself inside out, trying to find her?Now Abby is guilt-stricken, but she refuses to give up. Long after the police close the search, and her fiance tries to move on, Abby still continues, diving through the murkiest recesses of her memory, trying to recall the tiniest detail that will lead her to the answers and the truth...and Emma.Hmmm. That read like an alternative synopsis. Here's my take on the book: something of a page-turner. Its pacing is disjointed--fast at times, and then slowing down as the main character dives into the recesses of her memory and recalls periods of her past which remind her of the present. The main characters--namely Abby and her fiance--are compelling for their sheer ordinariness. Readers will relate to them, perhaps a little too much, and the worry and sickening fear will become something that is entirely plausible. A compelling read, and reminded me of Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue in terms of its pacing and tone, and possibly also its themes of family and devotion. Another read-alike possibility, if for no other reason than similar storyline: The Deep End of the Ocean.

  • Brenda H
    2019-03-29 07:12

    This book is about Abby, a photographer in San Francisco, who is engaged to Jake. She’s at the beach with her fiance’s daughter, Emma, when in one critical moment, she looks away and Emma goes missing. This book follows Abby’s search for Emma.Though the storyline had promise, I felt the author failed to deliver. For me, this was a very slow read as I didn’t really think the author created any sense of urgency. The narration was “distant” and had a dreamlike (“foggy”) tone to it that only made the lack of action and passion more apparent. The story is told first-person by Abby, who is (to me) unlikable, whiny and self-absorbed. Emma is missing and she’s often more concerned with how it is going to affect her relationship with Jake.The book is about twice as long as it needs to be. There are tangents and backstories for Abby that are mostly pointless. I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened by Emma more than because the story was gripping and intense.Overall, the book was okRating: 2.5

  • Jayci
    2019-04-16 13:50

    This was a difficult book to read and a difficult book to put down. A mother's worst fear is loosing a child...not knowing where they are or what is happening to them. Kidnappings are devistating. In pursuit of educating my kids on the real dangers of kidnapping, I may have over-exposed them to the tragic stories in the news these past few years. I have this urgency for them to "understand" that abduction is real, to be careful, to scream.Richmond like to use a lot of prose while writing. Thoughts on memories, photography, and ones own perception of the world fill the pages of The Year of Fog. It takes a very dense mind to absorb passing thoughts and tuck them away for later use. I don't have that gift. It is in, and it is out. While I am not a big fan of prose, Richmond was quick to return to the story at hand. Definately not as tedious as "A Year Of Magical Thinkging". The small chapters kept me reading into the night with "just one more." I needed to see how this story ended. I had to turn the last page.

  • *Nan*
    2019-03-29 13:51

    This has to be one of the best books I have read this year.The book tells the story about Emma, a little six year old, disappearing while she is at the beach with her father's girlfriend Abby. Even after six months Abby refuses to believe that Emma will never be found and continues to search even after the police and Emma's father stop looking.Abby continues to follow leads which take her to Costa Rica and in the end her perseverence pays off as Emma is found by Abby. Abby's relationship with Jake and emma is never the same but she learns how to move on with her life after putting it on hold for over a year until Emma is found. I loved this book and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I am looking forward to more books by Michelle Richmond.

  • Kevin McAllister
    2019-04-11 08:56

    The Year Of Fog tells the story of a kidnapped child. A story that's been told a number of times. And I've read my share of them. But there are a number of things which sets this one apart. First of all, it's told from the point of view of the child's stepmother. A boldly different point perspective. It also includes many beautifully written passages on the use of photography as a means, not only to freeze a moment in time, but to imprint that time into our memories. And for me, it's these brilliant dissertations into so many different aspects of our memories, and the ways in which these memories shape, effect, and in some cases, define our lives that makes this novel special.

  • Gina *loves sunshine*
    2019-04-09 14:03

    This was a good read. It definitely goes step by step through the emotional process of having your child disappear - showing how it effects so many lives...all the possibilities...what could have happened to her?!?! It did slow down in some parts as the search really becomes part of the day! But I was totally captivated from about 60-85%. I really wanted a different ending, it didn't even have to be a complete happy ever after - but there were so many parts left loose for me! Bonus points for the bay area setting, as an east bay girl I love reading around the bay, especially now that I am so far away - double bonus for the surfing action!!

  • Beth
    2019-04-13 12:47

    I know a book is a great one when I keep thinking about it and the characters for weeks after I've finished it, even after other books have been read and forgotten. This book has that effect on me. I highly recommend it!

  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    2019-03-30 14:08

    Loved this book, suspenseful with good characters. Couldn't put it down

  • Ashley Ann
    2019-03-27 06:51

    I kept a kind of journal while reading this book, so here's my 2 cents on it:+ The beginning happens so swiftly, we don't really get to meet Emma before she disappears. It's harder to feel the emotional pull of her disappearance since we don't really know her. It's like "Oh, a little girl is missing. How sad."+ I like the way Abby calculates how much further Emma could have gone in the time it takes for the detective to take on sip of coffee.+ You learn little bits and pieces about Emma as the book progresses and you start to fear for her as she's missing but it doesn't make up for not knowing her at the beginning. Now it's "Emma's missing, how awful."+ It's hard for me to connect to the book emotionally since I don't have kids so I don't know the fear associated with the thought of losing them.+ I don't care for some of the flashbacks to Abby's past before Jake and Emma. Some of them seem irrelevant and a detour from the main plot.+ Some of the information on memory and photography is really neat but kind of distracting. I can see it's point in the story, but at times I feel bogged down by the information and it's relevance to the plot.+ The middle of the book: drag, drag, drag.+ Following the clue to Costa Rica is a little too convenient.+ Abby's almost rape. Scary and out of place. I felt like it did nothing for the story line.+ Didn't really like the ending. Stumbling across Emma in a foreign country is too perfect. We don't really learn exactly why she was taken. And then Abby's story feels unfinished once she's back in San Fransisco. There's no resolution for her. Following her year of trying to find Emma, you really connect with Abby and I want to know where her life is going after finding Emma.All in all not a bad book, but not something I would be inclined to read a second time.

  • Maria João Fernandes
    2019-04-12 09:04

    Confesso que demorei, exactamente, um mês para ler este livro. Porém, ao contrário do que esta confissão parece significar, tenho a dizer que a história me cativou ao ponto de, cada vez que retomei o livro, me lembrava precisamente do sitio da narrativa onde tinha ficado e de tudo o que ficava para trás.Uma história sobre a perda de uma criança, num momento que fosse irreflectido, distracção ou falta de responsabilidade, nos mostra como um segundo pode mudar a direcção das nossas vidas. Mas, mais importante, como a persistência e a crença em nós mesmos nos leva longe...muito longe.Outra confissão ainda, foi a capa maravilhosa que me moveu na compra deste livro, há muito tempo atrás. Uma acto impulsivo, que se revelou prudente. Acresce uma importância especial a esta leitura, que foi a primeira no retorno aos meus livros (já não é o 1º este ano, mas este é de vez!.

  • Neide Parafitas
    2019-04-03 15:12

    "O Ano do Nevoeiro" é um livro contado na personagem de Abby, noiva de Jake, que num dia de Verão, de um imenso nevoeiro, perde de vista por alguns segundos Emma, filha de Jake. O que Abby não sabe é a repercussão que esta pequena distração irá ter na sua vida daqui para a frente.Passam-se semanas e mesmo meses e a polícia e mesmo Jake acreditam que nunca irão encontrar a menina, pois tudo leva a crer que morreu afogada na praia onde passeava. Mas Abby não desiste e acredita que Emma está à sua espera, viva, em alguma parte do mundo e inicia uma busca incessante para encontrá-la!!Este é um livro com uma escrita sublime que nos fala sobre a culpa e a influência que um único acto irreflectido pode ter em toda uma vida!!Gostei muito :)

  • Dakota★Magic in Every Book
    2019-04-22 12:53

    The book is emotionally charged and elegantly written, almost poetic in descriptions of memory, however; the book drags on and near the final hundred pages. I skimmed through the pages, reading only major plot points and skipping, our main character, Abby's inner dialogue. The characters seem a bit unrealistic, especially the father, Jake, who seems to give up sooner than I know most parents would, who seemed more set on giving up than having hope. Then, his attitude later in the book makes no sense with the circumstances, which frustrated me quite a bitThe book has merits, especially its poetic writing that lures you in, but in the end I found this book to be rather empty in character development, relationships, or anything of substance

  • Kelly
    2019-04-23 08:48

    This book is fantastic - I stayed up just to see how it ended. If you have children, a niece, a granddaughter - you must read this book. Abby - the main character who was walking on Ocean Beach when Emma disappeared - could be any of us. Her drive to never give up looking for her & unwillingness to accept the unacceptable is courageous, admirable and riveting. Her strained relationship with her fiance is heartwrenching as well. HIs pain will break your heart and tear at your soul. This is a page-turner! The race to get to the end is fantastic, right up to the very last page. I havevn't read a book THIS GOOD in a long time by a new (not so famous!) author - very Jodi Picoult-ish. LOVE IT!!!!!!

  • Kendra
    2019-03-29 07:09

    I thought the author was building up to something big with a huge twist and it didn't happen. Kind of disappointing but an okay read.

  • Rennie
    2019-04-01 07:55

    This is a fairly quick read. I found that it was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. It is written in present tense and flashbacks taking you on a journey with Abby to find Emma.

  • Leah
    2019-03-28 10:00

    When Abby Mason looks away from her six-year-old step-daughter for 30 seconds one day at the beach, the last thing she expects is to look back and find Emma gone. It seems as if Emma has just disappeared into thin air and as the search for Emma grows and nothing arises, Abby finds herself locked in her guilt.Months pass and Abby refuses to give up hope even when everyone around her believes that Emma simply drowned. The need to find Emma turns into an obsession for Abby and soon her relationship with Emma’s dad Jake is suffering. Is it the case that Abby simply refuses to believe the truth or is Emma still out there somewhere, waiting?Up until The Year of Fog caught my eye I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of Michelle Richmond. I was actually browsing on Ebury Press’s website when I came across The Year of Fog. It didn’t really sound like something that would interest me but I kept coming back to the synopsis about a girl who disappeared on the beach. It reminded me of Little Miracles by Giselle Green which I adored so I took the plunge and ordered myself the book figuring the worst that could happen was that I didn’t like it.Emma’s disappearance happens on a foggy beach in San Francisco, much like the disapearance of Haydn in Little Miracles by Giselle Green. For me, though, that’s where the similarities end. Whereas Little Miracles was told in an easy-to-read style and alternated from both Julie and Charlie’s point of view, The Year of Fog is a more thought-provoking read told solely from Abby’s point of view. I have to admit that I preferred the easier reading style of Little Miracles to that of The Year of Fog. It may be told entirely from Abby’s point of view but it felt as if it was incredibly distant. Abby seems to keep us at arms length throughout the entire book and it definitely seems to lack emotion. There was no real passion coming off the pages as Abby searches for Emma and the lack of action regarding the search for Emma was actually quite shocking. The police didn’t appear all that interested and the search for Emma was lacking the oomph you would expect when a six-year-old girl disappears.The Year of Fog is a very sedate read – it’s more about Abby’s guilt than the fact Emma is missing. Sure, Abby is searching desperately to find her but that seems to be because she wants to assuage her guilt rather than because of any desire to find Emma herself. Jake, Emma’s dad, also appears to lack any real passion for his daughter. Yes, like Abby he’s desperate to find her but he was also quick to give up along with the police and I just couldn’t understand why he would so readily want to move on with his life. I understand you can’t logically go on looking forever but surely as a parent, that’s what you would want to do. Particularly since it isn’t that far into Emma’s disappearance he wants to give up.What I did like was Abby’s determination. Despite the passion I felt it lacked, I thought her determination was quite fantastic, particularly since everyone else wanted to give up. Despite all of the evidence pointing to Emma having potentially drowned, Abby refused to believe it and, even when her and Jake’s relationship came to breaking point, and she had to choose between Emma and Jake, she knew she couldn’t just give up on Emma. I admired her fighting spirit and although her journey trying to find Emma was arduous and at times repetitive, it was also admirable. Abby’s guilt practically drips off the pages and it’s hard not to sympathise with her.The book covers about a year in total but it still seems quite a slow read and the reveals regarding Emma’s disappearance are few and far between. In part I liked the ending of the book. Let me amend that, I liked everything leading up to the actual end of the book. Abby’s determination took her to Costa Rica in the hope of possibly finding Emma and it provided a positive change of scenery for the book. I have to admit that I had no inkling as to whether Abby would find Emma and was constantly itching to flick to the back page to learn the fate of Emma. It was a surprising lead up to the end and quite satisfying. However the end of the book made me want to bash my head against a brick wall because, quite simply, there were no real answers. I thought I’d missed a chapter when I turned the page and found the Acknowledgements and it irritated me that it ended on such a moot point. It was definitely a disappointing end to what was, up until that point, a relatively enjoyable novel.I admit, I was probably expecting a different read from the one I got and the seriousness of the writing, although warranted, was a little hard to keep reading at times. Thankfully the chapters are kept relatively short meaning you can take a break if the need arises. I liked The Year of Fog, but it’s nothing something I could read again and the ending was a huge disappointment. If you’re looking for a good child-gone-missing story I would recommend you pick up Little Miracles by Giselle Green which I hugely enjoyed.