Friday, November 7, 2008

(103) Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan


One of the most tragic things that can happen to a family, to parents, is to have a child go missing.
Ever since I was a little girl & the child of my dad's classmate went missing. Johnny Gosch. The Gosch family was from the same small town that my Dad grew up in. I remember when he went missing. I remember being afraid to go anywhere after it happened. But ever since Johnny Gosch, I have been fascinated by the stories of our country's missing children.
Fast forward to 2008 & children are still going missing. Little Caylee Anthony has been the most recent one to capture the attention of America. But there can be success stories, as well. Finding Shawn Hornbeck after four years, for example. Absolutely that is a success story.
Songs For the Missing is an incredibly well written look at what happens in a small Ohio town when an eighteen year old girl goes missing. The story reminds me a lot of the a local girl, Kara Kopetsky. I thought of her often when reading this book. http://www.findkarakopetsky.com/
The police aren't all that convinced that Kim is in danger. They thing she ran away that summer day. But her friends & family know different.
Songs For the Missing is a parents worst nightmare. But author, Stewart O'Nan does such an incredible job telling the story from all sides. From Kim's boyfriend, to her best friend, to her little sister, to her Father . You get to experience this tragedy from all of their view points. The book is well written, engaging, & heartbreaking all at once. You won't be able to put it down. The book is not a fast paced thriller, but a slow & steady character piece. And worth every minute it takes you to read the book.

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