As girls Alexandra and Jane were best friends. Then Jane got pregnant at 17 and left school to raise her son while Alexandra went away for college. The friends lost touch and haven't seen each other since. Years later when coincidence puts Jane and her self-absorbed, unstable, creative genius sister, Elle in an elevator with Tom, Alexandra's desperate husband, and a stranger named Leslie. Tom is desperate because months ago Alexandra vanished from a Dublin suburb and since then has not been seen nor heard from and all leads on the case have gone cold.
After their meeting in the elevator, a friendship blooms between the four former strangers who become united in one cause: raising awareness about Alexandra's disappearance in an effort to bring her home. While Alexandra's mysterious disappearance and unknown fate are the impetus for the friends' bond and for the story, the story's focus is not the stereotypical whodunit mystery of where Alexandra has gone. Instead this is the story of the months after her disappearance as told from the perspective of her friends and family and its effects on their lives and relationships. Jane, Tom, Elle and Jane each have their own demons with which to wrestle and through their friendship each finds the strength to move on.
Capable of both humor and heartrendingly sad passages throughout the story, this is a beautifully written novel that is hard to put down. The friends' journeys are as compelling as the mystery of Alexandra's disappearance. I recommend you check out this book the next time you're in the library.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie