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This book may not be what you are expecting. The book begins with the disappearance of a young girl but she is rarely mentioned after the first chapter and then only in an oblique manner. The story is really about the inhabitants of a small village in the peak district and takes place over a 13 year period starting from the young girl's disappearance.The young girl and her parents are visitors to the village leaving the villagers to care about the lost girl, but there is never a sense that their lives are forever changed by the incident. The novel follows the seasonal and yearly changes of individual villagers over the next 13 years.
I enjoyed it more on the second listen through when I focused on the rhythm of the seasons and village life and put away my expectation of a good mystery. And for those readers who like resolutions to a story, I'd recommend a different book.
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I thought ( how silly of me ) that this might offer a bit of intrigue about
a missing teenager.