cover image One Year Gone

One Year Gone

Avery Bishop. Lake Union, $14.95 trade paper (392p) ISBN 978-1-5420-1870-8

Seventeen-year-old Wyn Hayden, the victim at the center of this affecting thriller from Bishop (Girl Gone Mad), has been missing for a year from her hometown of Bowden, Pa. The police have no leads, and no one is really looking anymore. Wyn’s mother, Jessica, struggles with alcohol as the weight of not knowing what happened to her daughter takes its toll. When Jessica receives a text late one night from Wyn pleading for help, her hopes revive. Jessica’s ex-husband and the police, who believe Wyn ran away and are skeptical it’s Wyn texting, question Jessica’s sanity, but Jessica is determined to find out the truth. The suspense builds as the narrative shifts between Jessica’s present-day search and the days leading up to Wyn’s disappearance. Amid a host of suspects and possibilities, Bishop supplies clues to Wyn’s fate, but most readers will be surprised by the twist ending. This sensitive portrayal of a mother’s anguish will resonate with many. Agent: Tess Callero, Europa Content. (Aug.)