Readers always have a soft spot for librarians, and Edwin Hill has a librarian as the protagonist in his debut novel Little Comfort.
Hester Thursby, Harvard librarian, has taken a leave of absence to help her partner care for his young niece. Hester has a side job, however; she implements her research skills to locate people. The prom date in 1974, adopted children, or birth parents--Hester uses her skills to find those who may be missing from someone's life.
Hester adores Kate, but the little one is causing some disruption in Hester's life. As much as she loves Kate, suddenly thrust in the role of caregiver to a small child was never in Hester's life plan, and she occasionally finds herself bored.
When a call from Lila Blaine requesting help in locating her brother that she hasn't seen in twelve years, Hester agrees to meet her and find out more. Intrigued by the sporadic postcards Lila has received over the years, Hester agrees to see if she can locate Sam Blaine and the best friend he ran away with at fourteen.
Why did Sam and Gabe run away in the first place? Why are the postcards so cryptic?
Hester follows the clues and finds herself in a situation she never bargained for.
Read in June; blog review scheduled for August 13.
Mystery/Suspense. August 28, 2018. Print length: 324 pages.