Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: The Missing

The Missing The Missing by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bought this very cheap the same day as I started it, currently not sure, wether it was a promotional price or wether it always is this cheap (1,39 Eur).
Stumbled on this book on The Dead Good Books Award for Most Recommended Book, this is one of 6 on the shortlist. Description from blurb and Dead Good Books sounded interesting.
Beginning is a chat protocol so this should be my kind of book.
Wow! Quite a page-turner, as I could not guess who was responsible (and what really happened).
A few red herrings where masterly laid, cannot go into details (even negative ones) without spoiling it. Very up-to-date with chat logs (later explained to be WhatsApp, but could also have been iMessage or whatever) and computer usage, also no mistakes, very well done.
So why only 4 stars? MC was a bit much, and the use of mental blackouts as a deux-ex-machina-like plot device just a tad too convenient.
Takes place in the UK (Bristol), so slightly different English, and I like it better, than some of the US counterparts.
Looked this up after seeing it on "Dead Good Books" mentioned above and then reading the 3 star review from Malia, and after finishing this, I started with another one Malia reviewed and rated even higher, also taking place in the UK (pre-Brexit, sniff, they are leaving our union, so sad) Follow Me
Highly recommended. Will certainly read other books by this author!

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