Monday, October 13, 2014
And She Was by Alison Gaylin
On a summer afternoon in 1998, six-year-old Iris Neff walked away from a barbecue in her small suburban town...and vanished.
Missing persons investigator Brenna Spector has a rare neuro-logical disorder that enables her to recall every detail of every day of her life. A blessing and a curse, it began in childhood, when her older sister stepped into a strange car never to be seen again, and it's proven invaluable in her work.
But i hasn't helped her solve the mystery that haunts her above all others - and it didn't lead her to little Iris. When a local woman, Carol Wentz, disappears eleven years later, Brena uncovers bizarre connections between the missing woman, the long-gone little girl and herself.
I love the cover of this book - red font text and a little girl in red dress against dark grey and black background - very mysterious and intriguing.
Book cover aside, it was an extremely enjoyable book even though it's a book on missing child, a theme that I don't really like. However, the author writes it differently in that the main character is someone who has a disorder that enables her to recall every incidents and details in her life.
The book reminds me strongly of Carrie Wells of the television series, Unforgettable which I enjoyed watching quite a while ago. In the series, Carrie's sister was also missing like Brenna's sister and also like her, she cannot remember how was her sister taken. Many similarities so perhaps the television series is based on this book.
Just 300+ pages long, I read this book over one weekend when it rained continuously and going out wasn't an enjoyable option. It was a weekend well spent.