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Dr. Ross Reeves left New York to live with the love of his life, Sarah. Now, five years after having lost her to cancer, he’s a shell of a man trapped in the past. His home is a living museum to his late wife, his relationship with his girlfriend Mattie suffers, and his only solace is work. But even the distraction of work fails him when his ‘do whatever it does to get the job done’ tactics affects the welfare of a patient and gets him in hot water. Things look glum, until he receives a call from a colleague in New York seeking his help with Lila Wheeler, a psychiatric patient who hasn’t spoken a word in a year. Going back to the place where he and Sarah met and risking drudging up painful memories of a life together cut short is not high on Ross’s list of priorities, until he learns that Lila has lost her husband under tragic circumstances. The similarities between Lila and himself are too intriguing to pass up, and Ross agrees to help out. During the course of Ross’s treatment of Lila, he’ll discover clues leading to the true nature of the tragedy Lila lived through, and find that while he’s the doctor, she is as likely to aid him in the healing process as he is her.
My readings tastes are eclectic, so when I saw that Belinda Frisch was working on a contemporary romance/women’s fiction novel I was intrigued. I’ve read good amounts in both categories, and while they’re not my mainstay genres, I’ve enjoyed them. A good story is a good story, and The Missing Year is a good story. Is it contemporary romance? To a point, yes. Is it women’s fiction? In its way. It is more than that? Yes. The novel is a blend of those elements with the medical theme that the author is known for thrown in for good measure.
As with Frisch’s other novels, The Missing Year is told in her fast, pages-turning style that never sacrifices detail and characterization. The players are well drawn (my favorite being Ross’s colorful friend from his early days with Sarah, Camille, who steals every scene she’s in), the dialogue pops, and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. Meticulously researched, the medical jargon is always clearly explained but never dumbed down, and it doesn’t take away from the heart of the book: the characters and the decisions they make. Oftentimes, novels that deal with anything medical can get a little too clinical, resulting in a dry read. That’s not the case with The Missing Year. Despite the author’s clear, concise, no-fat style, this book breaths through its characters and mergers several genres into one enjoyable book.
Those reading this author for the first time will find a lot to like about the book. For fans of Frisch’s previous work, The Missing Year is like putting on a favorite pair of jeans and discovering some money tucked away in the pocket. It’s comfortable and familiar, but is pleasantly unexpected.
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The Missing Year falls somewhere in the middle of all the audiobooks I've listened to.Read more