Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

About the author and the story;

From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss.

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.

Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.

The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must

This a book that starts of with a crime or a supposed crime. But it is not a crime novel. Rebecca is 13 when she goes missing and she is never found. The initial story starts with the disappearance affecting everyone, her classmates , who may or may not known more than they care to admit. Everyone is concerned and searching for her. But as time passes and Rebecca becomes the missing girl, the story becomes more of the village. The comings and goings, the deaths, divorces and the missing girl is gone but not forgotten.
This is the first book I’ve read written by Jon. I found his writing sparce and to the point .You forget Rebecca but every so often you are reminded that she is the missing girl. He keeps you interested in his characters and what happens to them. A very well written book, deserving 4 stars. Thanks to Lovereading for the ARC

.Jon McGregor is a British author who has written three novels. His first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was nominated for the 2002 Booker Prize, and was the winner of both the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award in 2003. So Many Ways to Begin was published in 2006 and was on the Booker prize long list. Even the Dogs was published in 2010 and his newest work, Reservoir 13 is due in April, 2017.


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