A detective hiding away from the world. A disappearance that reaches into her past.
Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective living in San Francisco. When unspeakable tragedy strikes, she turns to the Californian village of Mendocino to grieve. Seeking comfort in the chocolate-box village she grew up in, Anna instead arrives to news that a local girl has gone missing.
The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of a crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when an unsolved murder changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna is forced to confront the darkest side of human nature.
I absolutely adored the writing in this novel, an edgy, literary vibe with noir undertones that really immersed me immediately into this story. That added to the beautifully engaging main protagonist made this a fantastic read.
The setting really pops, a small town and a lot of secrets that start to emerge during the urgent hunt for a missing girl. The real life case of Polly Klaas gives the historical context and this is a real page turner, unpredictable and plotted to perfection.
Theres a lot of emotive themes embedded into the narrative, forgiveness, nature and nurture, life tragedies that make us who we are. The author explores an investigation that sits on the cusp of the technology that helps today and it was refreshing to read about an old school investigation where mobile phones were not around and the internet was in its infancy. It all added to the overall sense of unease that stays with you throughout.
I thought this was terrific. Highly recommended.