This terrific novel, which I read a few years ago when it first came out, involves the ever-popular plot device of a character's disappearance. Thanks to O'Nan's stellar use of dialogue--his unfailing ear for current speech patterns used by young people--as well as his uncanny suspense and elliptical yet right-on-target sentences, "Songs for the Missing" is unique. O'Nan's oeuvre tends to have its ups and downs. This book is one of his best. Unlike its young female character who goes missing, this book is not likely to disappear.

James Reiss

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