Friday, May 10, 2013

This Book Room: The Face of the Earth

When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife of twenty years kisses him goodbye one morning, he has little idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machine makes him smile. “Hey, babe, I’m just now checking out of the hotel, but I’ll stop and pick up something for dinner. Love you.” Hours later, Jill still hasn’t returned, and Mitch’s irritation turns to dread.

When the police come up empty, Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, to help search. As days turn into weeks and weeks into months, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer––and decidedly more complicated. Every lead seems to be a dead end, and Mitch wonders how he can honor the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.

My thoughts: This book was absolutely riveting. In most disappearance cases, it seems there's always some sort of evidence, some way to find out what happened in a timely manner (although it may not seem timely to loved ones). But in a case where someone disappeared and there are no leads? I can't imagine what that would feel like.

Unfortunately, Mitch knows exactly what that feels like. I felt such empathy for him - not knowing where his wife was or if she was alive. As the story continues, it's obvious how much Mitch's wedding vows mean to him. "For better or worse, until death parts us." But he doesn't know if his wife is dead or alive!

For me, this struggle made the story. What would I do if Jason disappeared but I never knew if he was dead or alive? Could I move on and find another? Perhaps it is morbid, but we regularly have conversations about what we each should do if the other should die before Bug is grown. I've made it quite clear that Jason should find a wife and a role model for Bug. But what if he doesn't know that I'm dead? What if I'm just gone?

I read this book in less than 24 hours. That's how good the story was. The ending was bittersweet - that's all I say. You must read the book to find out how the story ended!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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