"Unique, mysterious, and thoroughly absorbing, Sophie Last Seen is a touching story of love, loss and survival. I loved it."
Alison Gaylin, USA Today Bestselling author of If I Die Tonight.
Sophie Last Seen
In Marlene Adelstein's debut novel, Sophie Last Seen, it is six years since the disappearance of ten year old Sophie from a shopping mall. Her mother is living in a self-destructive limbo as any sense of closure eludes her. Sophie's mom is observed by her daughter’s best friend who carries her own secrets about that day.
As the novel opens, Sophie’s mother, Jesse, a lapsed artist, lives a life of near seclusion. Her husband has divorced her, remarried, and had another child while she remains stuck, crazily grasping and collecting ‘finds’, bits and pieces of discarded junk, that she’s certain are clues to her daughter’s whereabouts. Haunted by memories of the intense and difficult child whose obsession with birds filled her young life, Jesse clashes with Star, Sophie’s childhood best friend, now the teenage reminder of all she’s lost. When the two of them decipher a message from Sophie’s birding journal pointing to a whole new explanation for her disappearance, they set off together on a road trip in hopes of some kind of resolution.
With the help of a private detective who arrives in town in search of another missing girl, Jesse begins to forgive herself, accept her daughter for who she was and open up to the possibility of a new love.