Picks and Pans Review: The Disappearance

updated 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Efrem Sigel |

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REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT

NOVEL
One idyllic summer day Joshua and Nathalie Sandler return from an errand in their Massachusetts hamlet to find their home empty: Their son Daniel, almost 14, has vanished. As anxious hours become hellish days and weeks, Nathalie, a cellist, withdraws, while Joshua obsesses over suspects. Mystery turns the pages, but it's Sigel's insights into the manifestations of grief that elevate this above most kid-gone-missing tales.

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