After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
Sandy Sanchez is a former detective with the Baltimore Police Department who is now a consultant that investigates cold cases. He is intrigued by the murder of Julie, a woman who was in the headlines years before her body was discovered in a city park, because she was thought to have run away to meet her lover, Felix, who himself disappeared to avoid a prison sentence. Sandy interviews Felix’s family, his wife and daughters he left behind, and Julie’s sister as well as friends of both of them, trying to piece together what happened to Julie decades earlier. Did Julie go to meet Felix? Where did Felix’s money go? Did he leave and not provide for his family or did the money too simply disappear?
While this is a mystery, solved by a very intelligent and driven investigator, it is more a psychological study of what happens to a family when one of the members disappears. It is about the emptiness that is left in their wake and the hurt that never goes away. A good pick on audio.