Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads  where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is:



Published March 2007 by Delacorte Press

My Rating: 5 Stars

Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child’s disappearance, and of one woman’s unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love—all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond’s incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight.

Six-year-old Emma vanished into the thick San Francisco fog. Or into the heaving Pacific. Or somewhere just beyond: to a parking lot, a stranger’s van, or a road with traffic flashing by. Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. And so she searches for clues about what happened that morning—and cannot stop the flood of memories reaching from her own childhood to illuminate that irreversible moment on the beach.

Now, as the days drag into weeks, as the police lose interest and fliers fade on telephone poles, Emma’s father finds solace in religion and scientific probability—but Abby can only wander the beaches and city streets, attempting to recover the past and the little girl she lost. 


When I decided to pick this book for the standalone feature, I went back to Goodreads to grab the blurb and I was really shocked to see the lower ratings average for this book. Although if you look closer, there’s thousands of ratings and reviews so it makes sense that there’s going to be people who rate this lower than others. Especially because of the subject matter. I would just encourage those of you who love mysteries and suspense to give this a try. I thought the writing was excellent and I literally couldn’t put this book down until I found out what happened to little Emma. So I’d definitely say this is a one sit read. Also, I cut out part of the Goodreads blurb as I felt it gave too much of the plot away. I suggest that you not read all of the blurb and just go into this knowing only the above. Happy Sunday Reading!!

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  1. I had never heard of this one! Actually, I trust Goodreads ratings only when there are thousands of votes hahaha But this one seems super interesting, although I had already read the whole blurb 😛

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    1. HaHa I just it gave away a little too much plot but not the mystery itself. This one may be one you really like, I was surprised I liked it so much since it involved a missing child

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    1. I would say it’s subtly emotional, not in your face. And it’s very much from Abby’s perspective as far as emotions go. There’s no graphic violence or gory details at all which I liked. But yes, if you have a hard time with the concept of a missing child you might have a hard time with this one

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  2. I love mysteries and suspense! I won’t let the low average rating discourage me from reading it. Definitely adding to my TBR. Thanks, Renee!

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