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Missing - Dead or Alive (A Gripping Psychological Suspense Novel) by [PETER MARTIN]

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5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic read
Absolutely loved this book really worth the read. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys suspense thrillers. Can't wait to read his next book
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5.0 out of 5 starsCouldn't put it down
I am so glad that I came across this book. It completely kept me hooked- I couldn't put it down.
I was caught in the mystery myself- Tim was missing and his parents Maria and... 
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Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 starsWhen fourteen year old Tim disappears the nightmare begins for ...
When fourteen year old Tim disappears the nightmare begins for his parents. The story follows them through the police investigation, in which they become suspects, and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann Chassagnard
4.0 out of 5 starsPsychological thriller
A classic psychological whodunnit. We start with the worst nightmare for parents - their only child goes missing, and from then on we follow the disintegration of their marriage as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by reader
4.0 out of 5 starsA life can change
This book is fairly good and has characters that are deep, realistic, and complex. The book has enough layers that it is definitely possible to get lost in the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Wilson Penn
5.0 out of 5 starsGood read
The worst nightmare, one's child goes missing. The storyline was well set up for the characters (Tim, the missing fourteen-year-old, and his parents, Bob and Maria) to move through... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luv2read
5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable read
I really enjoyed this book dealing with the mysterious disappearance of a couple's young son. Most of the book is about the way that it affects the lives of his parents who are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bailey
5.0 out of 5 starsA good story with believable characters
A story of a suburban couple whose lives are irrevocably torn apart by the sudden and mysterious disappearance of their apparently normal fourteen-year-old son, Tim. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yanville
5.0 out of 5 starsGritty tale
This is the grim story of a family that implodes when the 14 year old son walks away one day. He's his father's pride and joy, his mother's sole focus and love, and suddenly he's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 starsWhether Dead or Alive- a good read
Missing, Dead or Alive, is a novel based in England. It could best be described as a mystery, but has the added bonus of a surprise twist. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian wilson

About the Author

Born and bred in the West Midlands UK. Martin writesunder the pen name of Peter Martin. Missing - Dead or Alive is his secondnovel, following Against Her Will, his debut novel, the story of one youngwoman's fight to lead a normal life after a horrific attack.
His current novel is about a teenager who goes missingfor no apparent reason. It is the story of how this affects the lives of hisfamily
Martin's interests lie mainly in crime, suspenseand thrillers. His favourite authors are diverse, including Robert Goddard, R JEllory, Kate Mosse, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Diane Chamberlain, HarperLee,Wilbur Smith.
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  • ASIN : B00W1Y8XYS
  • Publication date : May 27, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 735 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 304 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 287 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars “Will there still be a chance for new beginnings?”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2021
First off, I should say that I really enjoyed this psychological thriller. It had a strong beginning which really set the scene; a good storyline which might have been a little too detailed for some, but which I liked for its descriptive narrative and dialogue; and an ending which held some hope and promise for a better future, but only given time!

This must be the scenario every parent dreads the most. Your teenage child goes missing with no word or trace, leaving you helpless, lost and bereft. But that’s only the outer layer in this multi-faceted storyline, which is well constructed, slowly evolving and very compelling. Peel back the layers of this middle-class suburban family and it doesn’t take long before reality takes hold, the stress cracks begin to show, and eventually life as Bob and Maria know it has crumbled away and is lost forever.

Very character driven, the first half of the book deals exclusively with Tim’s sudden disappearance and Bob and Maria’s desperate search for answers as to why. The story evolves slowly and deliberately, taking in all the nuances of the emotional angst and distress this potentially life-changing event brings with it. Two lives put on hold, a marriage fractured and broken by the continual disappointments of false sightings and the longing for answers to all to all those endless ‘why’ questions. The seemingly endless tunnel of despair, with no light at the end. No arms to hold and comfort during those long dark days and nights, as the couple grow ever further apart. The unspoken guilt and blame of things left unsaid and actions never taken. The eventual realisation that somehow life has to go on, but not really wanting it to. The reality of togetherness, yet feeling so alone and abandoned. No fast-paced action, just a slow dawning that their son has gone from, or been taken from them and that if and when he chooses, or is able to find his way back home to them, it will be at a time of his own choosing – or maybe never at all!

Almost every thought and word from those days, weeks and months after Tim’s disappearance is recorded in detail and I enjoyed the slow unravelling of this relationship and the ensuing aftermath of devastation, guilt, anger and recrimination. However, as visually descriptive and observational as it was, I did find the style of narrative and dialogue quite ‘clunky’ and perhaps a little formulaic. I would have liked a little more fluidity and smooth flowing passion, at what would have been a very emotional time for everyone. I tried to take myself back in time to 2011, when this book was first published, however on careful reflection, I still also felt that a little more in depth research about police procedures in the early days after a child is reported missing, might have made events a little more credible.

The second half of the book really ramps up the pace of the plot building and events begin to take a very disturbing and sinister turn. Peter ratchets up the air of suspense and tension quite nicely and although I worked out where things were eventually leading, there were plenty of twists and turns along the way. It seems as though everyone is out to get Bob and Maria one way or another and the plots and schemes flow thick and fast, although in all fairness neither of them are really much good at helping themselves out of a situation. Will the dread and menace in these sudden turns of events draw them together, or push them ever further apart. Or is there even going to be a future for either of them? Author Peter Martin has very specifically not included any ‘spoilers’ in that concise premise, so I’ll leave it for you to discover for yourself!

Peter did amass a good cast of characters, who kept true to their roles right to the end. They were well defined and developed, although none of them were easy to connect with or invest in. They were all rather shallow, selfish and self-centred, emotionally weak and complex, and almost masters of their own demise, making this on the whole, an entire cast I really loved to hate, exactly as Peter had intended I’m sure.

The writing style and technique of delivery may not always have been to my personal taste, however I am not here to critique the author, so for personal enjoyment, intrigue and the ‘edge of the seat’ ending, it is a definite 4 stars!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Content is bizarre to ridiculous, although good page-turner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2016
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3.0 out of 5 stars Child-like style of writing irritated me
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Sarah Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and powerful story: highly recommended.
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