Among the Missing by Morag Joss

By Morag Joss

An twist of fate can finish a life.
The related twist of fate can start 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 by means of the currents towards the ocean, and merely an novice video and the bridge’s protection digital camera list their final moments.

A girl vacationer, whose motor vehicle was once filmed pulling onto the bridge seconds prior to it fell, is believed to be one of the lacking. yet in determined want of cash, she had offered the automobile in basic terms hours ahead of. Now she will be able to commence existence over. Her course leads her to a spartan cabin at the financial institution of the river the place, as Annabel, she is reborn, loose from her previous. right here she lives with Silva, an unlawful immigrant whose trouble is compounded via the disappearance of her husband and their baby. She waits for them every day, clinging to pray opposed to overwhelming facts.

The girls are befriended through 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 fight to outlive, to belief, and to like while the results of the previous turn out inescapable.

A masterly novel concerning 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 tear and reparation, suspicion and salvation.

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Ein Ort, ruhig, schattig, abgelegen – scheinbar wie geschaffen, um sich vor Kummer und Leid in Sicherheit zu wähnen. Detective John Cardinal und seine Frau Catherine wohnten im kleinsten Haus auf der Madonna Road, aber selbst diese bescheidene Bleibe konnten sie sich nur leisten, weil das Haus auf der seeabgewandten Straßenseite lag und sie nicht einmal ein Zipfelchen Ufergrundstück besaßen. Die Wochenenden verbrachte Cardinal größtenteils im Keller, inmitten von Gerüchen nach Sägemehl, Farbe und Holzwachs.

Das letzte Mal vor etwa einem Jahr, da hat sie drei Monate in der Klinik verbracht. « McLeod winkte sie zu sich. Sie ließ Claybourne stehen, der sein Handy bereits in der Hand hatte. �Der gute Mr. Feckworth war nicht gerade begeistert über meinen Anruf. Ich konnte seine Alte im Hintergrund keifen hören. « �Seine Durchlaucht sagt, Cardinal war bis halb zehn mit ihm auf dem Motelparkplatz. « �Ja, er überlässt die Porcinis heute Abend sich selbst. « Delorme ging zu ihrem Wagen. Cardinal saß noch immer auf dem Beifahrersitz und sah aus, als hätte er ein paar Kugeln in den Bauch gekriegt.

Vorsichtig befühlte sie zuerst Catherines Handgelenk, dann ihren Hals und stellte zweierlei fest: Es war kein Puls zu spüren, und der Körper war noch warm, wobei die Extremitäten schon stark abgekühlt waren. In der Nähe der Toten lag eine Kameratasche, deren Inhalt auf dem Asphalt verstreut war. �John«, sagte Delorme leise. Als er nicht reagierte, fuhr sie sanft fort: »John, hör zu. Ich werde dir das nur einmal sagen. Das hier bricht mir das Herz, okay? Am liebsten würde ich mich in eine Ecke verkriechen und weinen und erst wieder rauskommen, wenn mir einer sagt, dass das alles nicht wahr ist.

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