Ray Robinson’s third book is a novel of vast, open landscapes and claustrophobic darkness, of captivity and escape of more than one kind. Ten-year-old Zoë Nielsen is kidnapped by Thurman Hayes, who holds her prisoner for eight years in his Arizona ranch and its attached bunker, where the girl Zoë was gradually disappears. Robinson’s prose is beautifully vivid, and his characterisation of both Zoë and Hayes superb. He observes sharply the effects that Hayes’ early life and Zoë’s captivity have on the respective protagonists, but also leaves enough unsaid to maintain tension. Forgetting Zoë is simply one of the best books I read last year.
David Hebblethwaite blogs at Follow the Thread