Saturday, July 27, 2013
PICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff
Twelve year old Mila is looking forward to an adventure with her father. Traveling from their home in London to visit her father's best friend in New York should provide something to brag about when she gets back home. She promises her mother she will watch out for her absent-minded father and they depart.
The first disappointment comes when Mila discovers "New York" means a thinly populated area of upstate New York not the hustle and bustle of New York City. The second unfortunate element of the trip happens when she and her father arrive at the home of Matthew and his wife Suzanne to find that Matthew has disappeared.
Sensitive to the tension in their hosts' home, Mila begins to consider all sorts of scenarios involving the missing man. He left behind his wife and young son as well as his loyal dog, all the while knowing his best friend had planned a visit. Talk about strange!
More details reveal that as son about Mila's age died in a car accident three years earlier. Matthew was the driver of the car and had been prone to depression since the death of his son. His wife Suzanne suggests that perhaps Matthew has gone to a cabin farther north so Mila and her father head off in that direction.
PICTURE ME GONE follows young Mila and her father as they attempt to solve the mystery of a missing friend. Mila's unusual relationship with her father and her uncanny ability to interpret people and situations will keep readers on their toes as each new twist and turn is revealed. This thought-provoking new novel by Meg Rosoff is due for release in October 2013.