Published by Algonquin Books

When a deep-seated memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child—shocking revelations about April's mother, Adele.

Elizabeth, now herself a mother, seeks out anyone who might help piece together the final months, days, and hours of this troubled woman's life, but the answers yield only more questions. And those questions lead back to Elizabeth's own life: her own compromised marriage, her increasing self-doubt and dissatisfaction, and finally, a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a wife and mother.

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Number of pages
304
Publication date
November 03, 2009
ISBN
9781565129320
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Review quotes

"Extraordinary . . . fascinating and detailed . . . this is a story that needs to be told."—Elle

 “A captivating thriller.”—More magazine

“Outstanding . . . a haunting eyes-wide openness.”—Daily Candy

"An amalgamation of autobiography, true crime and melodrama. . . . The story is so engaging... a credit to this narrator's wonderfully appealing voice:  funny, frustrated, likable, totally candid about her desires and failings...The perfect book club book."—Washington Post

"...a page-turning good read...A tautly written story with sympathetic characters and evocative storytelling." –USA Today

“This exceptional, riveting novel will haunt you long after you've reached the end.”—Rocky Mountain News

"The perfect book club book...An amalgamation of autobiography, true crime and melodrama...The story is so engaging...A credit to this narrator's wonderfully appealing voice: funny, frustrated, likable, totally candid about her desires and failings." —The Washington Post
"A page-turning good read...A tautly written story with sympathetic characters and evocative storytelling." —USA Today


"Extraordinary...Fascinating and detailed...This is a story that needs to be told." —Elle, #1 Reader's Pick
"[A] haunting page-turner...A compelling look at what it means to be a mother and a wife." —Working Mother