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Angie Kim

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This book was not for me. It's the story of a family in crisis. In the spring of 2020 (yes, during covid - forms a background and adds to some plot points, but not "about covid"), a father goes missing. He was with his teenage son in a park and never comes home. This son must know something about the disappearance, but he is autistic with the addition of Angelman syndrome, which makes him nonverbal and uncommunicative.

At first, I really liked this. The narrator, the sister, is quirky and has a kind of fun voice. But, you know how in a lot of mysteries you feel like you're waiting forever for any real info to come to light? Well, in this novel, revelations are flung at the reader over and over at a breakneck speed. Some of these revelations are misread by the family, and some lead to the truth. But I was so annoyed that there was no room to process anything that was happening. And then, to be honest, the ending I found ridiculous and unbelievable.

I'd recommend skipping this.
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japaul22 | 34 andra recensioner | Jun 7, 2024 |
The story opened as a monologue from Mia. I expected that the monologue would stop but it continued throughout the book. It was a little hard to get used to but I adjusted to it and I believe that it made the book a fast read. I was expecting that the father's disappearance would be solved, either as a murder or for him to return to the family. The police handled the official investigation but the family had their own investigation through communicating with Eugene. His severe disabilities prevented him from speaking but as information about the father's disappearance was learned, it gave the family new ways of searching for him themselves. They also found out who he had been texting and emailing as well as what documents he had stored on his laptop. All the information led back to something that only Eugene could tell them, if only he could speak.

The novel is primarily about how to deal with a family member who has severe disabilities. Providing accommodations for such a child is a 24/7 reality for every family member. If their own lives need to be put on hold in order to provide these accommodations, then the lives are placed on hold. With the Parkson family, however, the parents made sure that their three other children were not forgotten. The reader learns that learning and interpretation of language can aid in understanding. Eugene has undergone several therapies to help him communicate but the one that has been most successful was one that the missing father withheld from the family. Eugene is the key to finding their father.
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Violette62 | 34 andra recensioner | May 31, 2024 |
Mia, the irreverent, hyper analytical twenty-year-old daughter, has an explanation for everything- which is why she is not initially concerned when her father doesn’t come home with her younger brother, Eugene, from a walk in the park. They must have lost their phone, or stopped so,where for an errand. But by the time Mia’s younger brother runs through the front door bloody and alone, it becomes clear that the father in this tight-knit family might be missing and the only witness is Eugene, who has the rare genetic conditionAngwlman syndrome and cannot speak.… (mer)
creighley | 34 andra recensioner | May 28, 2024 |
When a father goes missing, the family's only way to determine what happened is to depend on Eugene, the youngest child in the family. But, Eugene is non-verbal. Mia and John, twins, and Dr. Hannah Park, the mother and a linguist, try to understand what happened to their father, piecing together various clues. A notebook is found, labeled HQ. Mia determines this to be Happiness Quotient, a project her father is exploring. Throughout the novel, questions around Eugene's involvement surround the family, and his difficulty in communicating what happened causes the police to be suspicious.
The book is very interesting, and made me think about communications in a different way. I also enjoyed the way the family came together.
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rmarcin | 34 andra recensioner | May 23, 2024 |



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