11 Oct 2017

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

REVIEW BY LUCY MITCHELL

A young girl vanishes from a midwinter family holiday in a small village in the north of England.

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Everyone, from the girl's teenage friends who know more than they're saying to the school janitor with a dark secret, is a suspect. The season changes, the new year comes, people in the village go back to their routines, but the missing girl is never forgotten. Her presence underscores their lives and impacts their futures. Reservoir 13 transcends the mystery genre, becoming an ode to rural village life, to ordinary men and women, to the movements of nature and to the changeability of time.