I had to give up on The Savage Detectives after about 70 pages because I just had no idea what was going on there. I saw no discernable plot, and a quick glance through the rest of the book told me I wasn’t going to see one in the next 500 pages. So out the door with that.
Instead, I picked up another one of my “I’ve been wanting to read this for a while” books, The Year of Fog. This one definitely had a plot. 🙂 It goes like this:
Abby Mason is the fiancée of Jake Balfour and the soon-to-be stepmother of his daughter, Emma. One day at the beach with Emma, Abby stops for a minute to take a picture of a dead seal pup. When she looks up to call to Emma, Emma is gone. Gone gone. Nowhere to be found.
Abby and Jake start a search for the lost girl, to no avail. Jake turns to his ex-wife for comfort, Abby to a support group and the streets of San Francisco, now littered with flyers. Jake starts to give Emma up for dead, but Abby truly believes Emma is still alive, and this difference in attitude starts to tear the couple apart.
This was an okay book. I liked the plot, but I didn’t like the peripherals — a whole bunch of research on memory, visits to hypnotists, the preachy ending. Not much more to say about that.