Face of the Earth - Deborah Raney

Saturday, May 11, 2013

From the award-winning author of After All, a man finds his wedding vows tested after his wife disappears.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 - 
You've been married for twenty years, your wife calls from the hotel she has stayed in all weekend for a teachers conference, leaves a message and says she's coming home and she's got a surprise for you, and that is the LAST thing you hear from her.
You know that from where she was at, in Kansas City, it is four to five hours to get home, and she left at one in the afternoon. When 9 p.m. rolls around and she still hasn't showed up, you're scared to death. Is she kidnapped, dead, overwhelmed and needed a break? What happened and where is she?

Mitch Brannon searches all year for his wife Jill, with the help of her best friend Shelley Austin. He even digs into her high school boyfriend who had the nerve to ask her out for coffee while she was in Kansas City. The police, and detectives have traced every lead, and come up empty. 
Deborah Raney does an excellent job keeping the pace going. You begin to see the writing on the wall, feeling the pain that Mitch must be suffering.
This book shows what someone goes through when someone they love goes missing. The emotional roller coaster is ever present. 
I highly recommend this one!


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