By Morag Joss
An coincidence can finish a life.
The comparable coincidence can start one.
Three lives collide within the wake of an unforeseeable tragedy. whilst a bridge collapses within the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of commuters vanish into the freezing river under, swept by way of the currents towards the ocean, and simply an novice video and the bridge’s protection digicam list their final moments.
A lady vacationer, whose motor vehicle was once filmed pulling onto the bridge seconds earlier than it fell, is believed to be one of the lacking. yet in determined want of cash, she had offered the auto basically hours prior to. Now she will be able to commence lifestyles over. Her direction leads her to a spartan cabin at the financial institution of the river the place, as Annabel, she is reborn, unfastened from her prior. right here she lives with Silva, an unlawful immigrant whose crisis is compounded by way of the disappearance of her husband and their baby. She waits for them every day, clinging to wish opposed to overwhelming proof.
The girls are befriended through the boatman Ron, and jointly they bring about a delicate sanctuary within the shadow of the bridge that has replaced their lives. they retain secrets and techniques from each other, but additionally attach in methods none of them expects. misplaced souls all, they fight to outlive, to belief, and to like at the same time the implications of the prior turn out inescapable.
A masterly novel in regards to the invisible ties that bind us to our identities, to our histories, and to each other, one of the lacking soars with the peerless voice of the writer defined by way of P. D. James as an “exciting talent.” Morag Joss, with the mental penetration and the finely wrought prose which are her hallmarks, spins an excellent story of wear and reparation, suspicion and salvation.
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She asked briskly. ” She processed this. “Alive? ” “I’m thinking about it,” she mused, almost to herself. “The building burned… . There was a DNA match. I recall the report. ” Claire duBois was older than her adolescent intonation suggested, though not much. Short brunette hair, a heart-shaped and delicately pretty face, a figure that was probably very nice—and I was as curious about it as any man would be—but usually hidden by functional pantsuits, which I preferred her wearing over skirts and dresses.
In fact, I’m in a down period now. For the past week or so, I’m mostly on some departmental administrative assignment. Budget. That’s all. If I thought there was something to it, I’d let you know. But there just isn’t. A mistake,” he repeated. ” He hadn’t invited me to sit but I did anyway, on one of the swivel stools. He remained standing. “I spent five days playing cat and mouse with a hitter—a professional killer—who’d been hired to take him out. It was all a complete mistake. The hitter had been given the wrong name.
Come on. ” He turned and, limping, led me through the neat suburban house, which smelled of lemon furniture polish and coffee. I couldn’t draw many conclusions about him or his family from my observations but one thing that stood out was the framed yellowing front page of The Washington Post hanging in the den: HERO COP SAVES TWO DURING ROBBERY. A picture of a younger Ryan Kessler accompanied the story. On the drive here Claire duBois, as efficient as a fine watch, had given me a backgrounder on Ryan.