Hannah's father disappeared the year she turned 11. He went out fishing one day and never came back. His boat was found and the only passenger aboard was the family's golden retriever, Tucker. Buzz, Hannah's father, is nowhere to be found and presumed dead by everyone (except Hannah) despite the fact that his body was never found.
Hannah's 35 now and the disappearance of her father has left her profoundly scarred and profoundly screwed up. As a result her life is slowly disintegrating around her, and she reluctantly returns home to South Carolina to recuperate from a drunken, three story fall that marked the death knell of her marriage. Upon her return home, Hannah rediscovers the boxes of old photos belonging to her father that she'd hidden away years ago. In them she finds some hard truths, but will they lead her to the ultimate truth she seeks: the certain fate of her father all those years ago.
Let's face some hard truths about Hannah herself, shall we? Our dear protagonist is seriously messed up--she's an adulterer and a drunk. Her obsession with finding the truth about where her father went and why (she believes, in contrast to the rest of her family, that he is still alive) has driven a wedge of estrangement between her and her mother, stepfather and brother for many years. Yet for all her flaws all you want for her is to find out the truth so she can get on with her life.
I recommend you check out this book the next time you're at the library. Fans of family dramas with a side of mystery will enjoy this book.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie