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  • Unknown Binding
  • ISBN-10: 0440423465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440423461
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Visit Morag's website at www.moragjoss.com

Morag Joss grew up on the west coast of Scotland. She read English at St Andrews University and then studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
In 1996 she won an award in a national competition with her first short story. Starting to write was, she says, "discovering a lifelong ambition I didn't know I had."
The first of her three Sara Selkirk novels, FUNERAL MUSIC, was nominated for a Dilys Award by the American Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She's also the author the 2003 Silver Dagger winner HALF BROKEN THINGS, which was adapted for UK national television and starred Penelope Wilton (available on DVD), and of THE NIGHT FOLLOWING, which won an Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination for Best Novel 2009.
Morag Joss was a Heinrich Böll writer in residence on Achill Island, Ireland, in 2008, where she wrote part of her seventh novel, AMONG THE MISSING, due for USA publication in autumn 2010.

Customer Reviews

The ending was more than just trite.
E. A. Marshall
I began the book with great expectations, and will say that I was mildly disappointed but overall very impressed by this author and the talent present in this book.
Joanne Harris
Yet Joss manages to create such suspense and tension that I found myself turning the pages faster and faster to find out what happened next.
Cheryl Jacobson

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Viva Poodles on December 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I listened to the audiobook, and enjoyed it overall. Interesting characters and pretty good plot. But what the heck happened to the ending?
SPOILER ALERT. Silva comes unhinged and takes the baby to the middle of the river with the intention of drowning them both. Annabel is bleeding--"too much blood"--on the shore after delivery. At the last minute, Silva makes a call to Ron, saying... well, we never find that out, but Ron does come to the rescue, with Annabel's estranged husband in tow. He apparently rescues Silva and the baby, and the last thing Annabel hears are male voices and people sloshing ashore. The end.
Now, I don't require that stories be tied up in a bow at the end; some ambiguity is fine. But I would have liked to know a little more! Annabel could have had some conflict about Ron vs Colin, and that could have been left unresolved... but did she live or die, for heaven's sake? Does Silva come back from the brink? Has Ron's relationship with the two women changed him so he is able to live in the world, or does he just fade back into the night?
If the author is setting up for a sequel, that's kind of a cheap trick. And if not, couldn't she have written one more chapter?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi VINE VOICE on May 14, 2011
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I forgot to review this book right after I finished it. With some books, that would have been a problem ("er, what was it that happened again, exactly?") However, this, like the other books by Morag Joss, is one that sticks with you. That's good, because it was a good book, but, well, you're never quite rid of them, either...

This book charts the intersection between an illegal immigrant family and a middle-aged woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. The lives of all are intertwined when a Scottish bridge collapses, destroying one family and creating a new one.

The writing is haunting, evocative and almost poetic at times. Joss has a tremendous gift for taking an unlikely scenario and making it seem not only plausible but downright historical -- you're surprised to remember that this didn't really all happen.

A very well-written book, with an ending twist that one can't possibly review, which is frustrating, as I would so like to know what other readers thought!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on July 8, 2011
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Among the Missing is a dark, psychological suspense novel featuring damaged characters and a tragic accident. The book starts slowly, and I needed to read a few chapters before I could become engaged with the story. As the story unfolded, I realized the that the slow build up was integral to creating the right amount of tension.

The primary characters in the books are damaged people with poor social skills. Ron is a former bus driver, recently imprisoned for causing an accident in which a pregnant woman and six children were killed. Abandoned by his friends and family, Ron becomes a drifter, finding solace only in driving. "Annabel" is a middle-aged woman who, after spending most of her life alone and caring for her parent, marries a man she meets in an on-line chat room. Unused to being with people, and longing to be loved, "Annabel" unexpectedly becomes pregnant, only to learn her new husband is adamantly opposed to having children. Silva is a married woman with a young, adored child, working for a pittance at a small, untidy store. Silva and her husband are also illegal immigrants and homeless, sheltering in an abandoned squat.

These three very different people are thrust together when a local bridge collapses. Silva's husband and child are missing but not counted among the dead; "Annabel" is counted as missing but is actually at Silva's house, and Ron, finding work locally, also begins helping the two women and inserting himself into their lives. As the story progresses, "Annabel's" pregnancy becomes obvious, Silva slowly begins to go mad with loss, and Ron begins to find a place in the world.

The eventual ending is simultaneously violent, uplifting, and tragic. Although I didn't always enjoy reading Among the Missing, the story and the characters are not ones easy to forget.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Smokey VINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
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The collapse of a bridge in Scotland brings three strangers together and affects their lives in dramatically unexpected ways in Morag Joss' novel, Among the Missing. The story unfolds primarily from the perspectives of "Annabel", a forty-two year old pregnant woman, and Silva, a young wife and mother who is in the country illegally. The two women seem to drift into living together in increasing isolation, while Ron, a fifty-year-old ex-convict hiding the terrible secret in his past, unwittingly facilitates and finally serves as witness to the climax of the women's relationship.

Chapters written in the first person from the perspective of each woman, interposed with chapters written in the third person that focus on Ron, skillfully engage readers by meting out insights into the characters' lives and thoughts, gradually revealing what they are and are not capable of and how they change within the action of the book. Joss uses the natural environment -- particularly the river -- and the man-made environment -- particularly the re-building of the bridge and the "homes" where the women live -- to underline the emotions of her characters; both environments impact the characters' thoughts and actions.

The novel is reminiscent of Sophie Hannah, Minette Walters, Tana French, and other authors who are so skilled at hooking readers on characters. Although the title of the book seems straightforward early on, its meaning can be interpreted on several levels. The book raises a number of issues, including if and how individuals can change and how our involvement with self colors the way we view others.

Among the Missing is a difficult book to review without giving away too much of the plot. The novel is both psychological study and psychological thriller.
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