By Morag Joss
An coincidence can finish a life.
The related coincidence can commence one.
Three lives collide within the wake of an unforeseeable tragedy. while a bridge collapses within the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of commuters vanish into the freezing river less than, swept via the currents towards the ocean, and merely an novice video and the bridge’s defense digital camera checklist their final moments.
A lady vacationer, whose vehicle was once filmed pulling onto the bridge seconds earlier than it fell, is thought to be one of the lacking. yet in determined want of cash, she had offered the auto purely hours prior to. Now she will be able to commence existence over. Her direction leads her to a spartan cabin at the financial institution of the river the place, as Annabel, she is reborn, unfastened from her prior. right here she lives with Silva, an unlawful immigrant whose difficulty is compounded via the disappearance of her husband and their baby. She waits for them every day, clinging to pray opposed to overwhelming proof.
The ladies are befriended by means of the boatman Ron, and jointly they bring about a delicate sanctuary within the shadow of the bridge that has replaced their lives. they maintain secrets and techniques from each other, but additionally attach in methods none of them expects. misplaced souls all, they try to outlive, to belief, and to like whilst the implications of the previous turn out inescapable.
A masterly novel in regards to the invisible ties that bind us to our identities, to our histories, and to each other, one of the lacking soars with the peerless voice of the writer defined by way of P. D. James as an “exciting talent.” Morag Joss, with the mental penetration and the finely wrought prose which are her hallmarks, spins a super story of wear and reparation, suspicion and salvation.
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Shattered reputations, unsuccessful scams. ’ Shaking his head in wonder, Jock marched into a second large room. Long metal racks were piled high with books and buff folders and there was a collection of the bizarre oddments accumulated over the years by a dozen firms of solicitors. Rusty filing cabinets leaned like Pisa’s tower under the weight of big black deed boxes bearing such inscriptions as BRIGHTWELL DECEASED and ESTATE OF THE LATE COLONEL TOLMIE. Cardboard crates were scattered over the floor, making the men’s progress an obstacle race.
He turned to the separate set of notes on the meetings between Cyril Tweats and Edwin Smith. Soon he found what he was looking for. One day in April, not long after his arrest, Edwin had asked to see his solicitor. When the two men were alone together, Edwin had insisted that he had not killed Carole Jeffries. His confession to the crime had been false. Harry caught his breath as he read the neatly typed notes. At last - an indication that Miller might be on the right track and that Carole could have been murdered by someone else.
Without another word, he seized hold of her and dragged her into the bushes. She struggled and screamed as he tried to undo her jacket. He was not a strong young man and, once she had recovered from the initial shock, she fought back fiercely enough to make him fear she was about to break free. He had no weapon to frighten her. All he could see ahead was misery and humiliation. He felt he must do something to avoid that. Anything. So he pulled the silk scarf tight around her neck. She kicked out wildly, but he did not let go.
Among the Missing by Morag Joss