An element that is primordial in this novel is the location, which feels like another character. The town where the book is set in is Bristol. I have never been in Bristol apart from a train stop on my way somewhere else. So what I know from Bristol is what I saw that time through the train window and what I have read in other books that are also set in this city. Bristol is a city in South West England with an estimated population of 449,300 in 2016. It is England’s sixth and the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, and the most populous city in Southern England after London.
The day Ben goes missing, Rachel mentions going over the famous Bristol bridge. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset.
Ben disappears in Leigh Woods. Leigh Woods is a 2-square-kilometre area of woodland on the south-west side of the Avon Gorge, close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, within North Somerset opposite the English city of Bristol and north of the Ashton Court estate, of which it formed a part.
Another place that Rachel mentions is St George’s Concert Hall that is the place where she and John went on their first date. St George’s Bristol is one of the country’s leading concert halls. It boasts a superb acoustic and unique atmosphere which attracts the world’s best artists. A full and vibrant programme, with over 250 events each year, makes it an incredibly popular and important venue for all kinds of music.
Another place that is vital in the novel is the police headquarters which is Kenneth Steele House. It is the home for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.