This really gets three and a half stars.
Set in a small town in Ohio, between Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania state line, this book examines what happens to the friends and family of Kim Larsen, an eighteen year old woman who goes missing the summer after her high school graduation. Different chapters focus on the perspective of her parents, younger sister, best friend, and boyfriend as they struggle with the emotional fallout in the weeks and months following Kim's disappearance.
Stewart O'Nan is an author I've been meaning to read for a while now, and I definitely enjoyed his writing style. Noting in his author bio that he was from Connecticut, I was surprised at how he managed to capture an authentic Ohio tone 95% of the time. The characters felt real, if somewhat restrained...there definitely were moments when I wondered why I didn't feel a sense of frantic. I'm not sure if that was due to O'Nan's writing style or his intent, but it was something I did miss.