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Stewart O’Nan, ‘Land of the Lost’ (2010)

A woman living alone becomes fixated on the case of a girl’s murder, which turns into a resolution to find the body, which the killer claims to have buried. I think O’Nan is aiming to present his protagonist’s search for the body as a search for purpose in life; her obsession is conveyed effectively, but I don’t find the central parallel to be drawn as strongly.

Rating: ***½

Stewart O’Nan’s website

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