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The Missing: A Thriller Hardcover – March 20, 2007
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At the start of this competent but unoriginal thriller from Mooney (Deviant Ways), it's 1984 and teenager Darby McCormick is hanging out in the woods with her friends Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens when they stumble across a man killing a woman. Darby calls the police, which sets in motion events that lead to Stacey being murdered and Melanie abducted. Fast forward to 2007: Darby, with a doctorate in criminal psychology, is working as a crime scene investigator for the Boston Crime Lab. When Darby finds herself investigating another missing girl, Carol Cranmore, she vows to find the perpetrator and save Carol. The fiendishly clever killer is always two steps ahead, while Darby and her handsome partner, Jackson "Coop" Cooper, must struggle with the usual bureaucratic snafus, disbelieving supervisors and obstructive FBI agents. There are twists and turns aplenty, but they're all based on familiar formulas, including the final, de rigueur chase through the killer's basement torture chamber. (Mar.)
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"Scary story. Scary talent.I love this book."
-- Lee Child
"I devoured "The Missing" in one greedy, breathless sitting. This is a scary, breakneck ride with thrills that never let up." -- Tess Gerritsen
"A masterful thriller; dark and disturbing, with a tearing pace. Mooney writes like a man on fire." -- Linda Fairstein
""The Missing" is the season's most unrelenting thriller. It will keep readers enthralled from its gripping opening chapters to its last shocking page." -- George Pelecanos
"The smart money has long been on Chris Mooney, one of crime fiction's rising stars, and "The Missing" ably demonstrates why this is so. This is a page-turner written with great empathy, filled with strong, resilient characters that the reader will cheer and champion." -- Laura Lippman
""The Missing" is an absolutely gripping mix of suspense and mystery. Chris Mooney is a wonderful writer and in his hands this story is compelling, thrilling and touching." -- Michael Connelly
"Scary story. Scary talent.I love this book." -- Lee Child --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book has loads of characters; It will definitely help to note who's who in order to keep track especially of those who are key. Otherwise it's easy to become bogged down.
Those who are familiar with New England will definitely recognize many of the towns and cities mentioned. Most of this mystery takes place in Massachusetts but New Hampshire is also peppered in there with Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut thrown in for good measure. Some of the towns are fictional but most do exist.
A woman comes home to find her daughter missing. Darby is among the team investigating when she discovers something creepy hidden away. The investigation conjures up memories of terror she and her friends endured as teens. Back then a friend of hers went missing and she's never turned up. Perhaps this will shed some light on the events of the past.
Surprising is when you discover that not all is what is expected.
The ending was funhouse-esque. Again, creepy. You'll find yourself moving rapidly through those pages as your adrenaline picks up.