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Waiting on Wednesday: Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsay Lane

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsay Lane

Expected Release Date: September 16, 2014

When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. Tommy was adopted, so maybe he ran away to find his birth parents. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in his own thoughts about particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pull-out off the highway, so maybe someone drove up and snatched him. Or maybe he slipped into a parallel universe. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it is possibly true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.

Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy and third-person chapters about people who find the things Tommy left behind—his red motorbike, his driving goggles, pages from his notebook—Particles explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.

(summary via Goodreads)

As someone who loves unsolved mysteries (the larger concept, though the show is OK too), this is the kind of story that hits my sweet spot in wondering about what happened to a disappeared person.  What I love about the concept of this novel is that the story is told from the perspectives of people around the missing boy, but not from his point of view.  This adds to the mystery surrounding his disappearance, and if it’s done well (I’ve got a good feeling about this one?), it’s going to be chilling, compelling stuff. I can’t wait!

What are you waiting on this week?

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