If books let us live out various vicarious lives, this one guided me through one of my deepest fears—the disappearance of my child. The writing was a bit stilted at times, but the story was brutal and kept me going, even when I wanted to put it down. Setting it in San Francisco was a plus, as I’m partial to stories that take place where I’ve always wanted to visit. Don’t read this one unless you’re in a really good emotional place.
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