All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.
When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of her father's books to track down a woman she's never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life.
Rebecca Podos' debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us - the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.
This book was amazing I mean just amazing for me to read. I started it and could not put it down. It is full of mystery and surprises and secrets that I did not know what happened until the end and then I was like holy moses is that the end? I wanted more. I wanted to keep turning pages until I had my fair share of the main character Imogene.
In this story we get to meet Imogene Scott. She lives with her father and loves to hear the stories he tells about her mother. Her mother is no where to be found but her father tells her stories of her mother to keep her alive in Imogene's mind.
Now 17 years old Imogene and her famous father are living the high life until one night he disappears and no one knows where he has gone. Her step mother has no idea and the police certainly do not have any ideas of where he has gone. But Imogene thinks something differently and decides she has to find her mother in order to find her father.
Putting everything she knows about her mother and every knowledge she learned from her father she sets out to find her father. Will her memories of her fathers stories help her out or will she never find her father or mother.
Rebecca Podos' debut YA novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, is forthcoming from Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) on 1/26/16. Rebecca is a graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College, where she won the M.F.A. Award for Best Thesis. Her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Glyph, CAJE, Paper Darts, Bellows American Review, andSmokelong Quarterly. Past Awards include the Helman Award for Short Fiction, the David Dornstein Memorial Creative Writing Prize for Young Adult Writers, and the Hillerman-McGarrity Scholarship for Creative Writing. She works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.
She's represented by the excellent Lana Popovic.
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