"A great read for poolside or beach, but perhaps not for bedtime. It kept me up past midnight on a school night." Observer, Charlotte, NC
"Janice Law is at her best in this tale." Midwest Book Review.
"A quietly compelling suspense novel with a satisfying end." Booklist.
"…the heartfelt emotional truths she must face add great deputy and dimension to this novel." Romantic Times
Following an ectopic pregnancy, Leslie Austin finds that she has lost her ability to remember names. The effort to rebuild the memory bank so essential for a journalist, unsettles her with an awareness about gaps in her childhood memories. For the first time she asks why are there no photographs of her as a child? And why can't she remember anything before the age of five?
During this difficult period, Leslie finds a human interest wire story about the twenty-fifth anniversary of the disappearance of four-year old Ruth Eden, a story that resonates with Leslie in an alarming way. Haunted by memories of a meadow, a car, and family tensions haunt Leslie until she contacts the Edens. But when Leslie locates the man who may or may not be her father, she learns that truth is convoluted and that it is no easy thing to re-enter a family.
"The story Janice Law has created in 'Voices' is taut, engrossing and evocative of the mystery of memory and how it informs our identities," says Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of 'The Deep End of the Ocean'
The genesis of this novel goes all the way back to a news story that made a deep impression on me as a child: the disappearance of a young girl from a summer camp in Litchfield County. Growing up in a rural area myself, I was struck with the mystery and finality of someone going for a walk on a country road and never returning.
Many years later, I read a follow up story about a woman who claimed to be the missing camper returned and in a few lines of type, I had my story.