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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241957419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241957417
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scary story. Scary talent.I love this book." -- Lee Child

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Chris Mooney is the author of three previous thrillers and his most recent, Remembering Sarah, was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in Boston with his wife and son.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 3 Oct. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Missing had me hooked from start to finish! The storyline, of the police & FBI searching for a serial killer, who had been abducting women for years, never flagged, or got monotonous, at any stage in the book. This is not always the case with books of this genre. It did not get too bogged down in technical detail, either. The pace is quite relentless, with something incident/discovery cropping up, at the end of almost every chapter, making you want to read on further.

I felt the characters were quite believeable, also, from the police to the nasty serial killer. This book was defintely worth the read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teabag on 23 May 2007
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I thought the pace was fast and held an elemant of reality, usually such books do not cover the cost of investigations but in the real world this is so. When an interaction is required and investigations put forward the cost of who is footing the bill is mentioned which i liked.

The ending was drawn out but relelvant and this is the best thriller I have read in a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. P. Kennedy on 29 July 2011
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I bought this book to take on holiday, then bought The Dead Room and Secret Friend because I was completely hooked by Chris Mooney. The suspense and twists are truly brilliant, a great book that is very hard to put down once you've picked it up.
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By BookAddictShaun TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
Chris Mooney is an author I have wanted to read for a long time but for some reason I've just never got round to picking up one of his books. I then became a blogger, and a few weeks ago I realised that I was neglecting so many books that I wanted to read, and I want to try and get a balance of new reviews and reviews of older books on the blog. It's rather refreshing to read solely for enjoyment, rather than over thinking what I'm going to write and making notes while I read plus readers of my blog may discover a book that they missed when it was first released.

The premise to The Missing doesn't stand out as the most original, though I was pleased to see that our main character, Darby McCormick, is a Crime Scene Investigator and not a police detective which did make this book a little different from other crime reads. As a huge fan of the CSI franchise I am aware that the role of CSIs in fiction is greatly exaggerated, and it did feel at times that Darby's actions and the work that she carried out was not representative of a real-life CSI but obviously for the purpose of the story this was needed (and this is the case with most crime fiction books, not just The Missing). I do find forensic science very interesting however, so I very much enjoyed reading a book where much of the focus was on obtaining evidence, processing it and ultimately trying to use it to capture a villain but on the other side of the coin it was fascinating watching how easily the killer was able to manipulate the police by falsifying and planting evidence.

A horror movie style opening introduces Darby as a teenager narrowly escaping from a man attempting to kill her, but not before he kills one of her friends and kidnaps the other.
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By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2010
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Another of the books I had on my `to read' shelf and now I wish I had read it much earlier. The reason I didn't was because the strap line for the book sounded as though it was destined to be a story for older children. 'The man with no face is coming'? Surely the publisher could have done better? Thankfully, this, I expect, was outside the author's remit, hence my five star allocation.

As a gripping serial killer thriller, this is an excellent book. The author successfully keeps the tension building until the very end with several twists along the way adding salt to the wound.

To detail the story would tend to give away plotlines but it is safe to say that the witnessing of a murder by three teenage girls is just the start of a nightmare journey for each of them. One, Darby McCormick, does become one of the main players in the search for missing women - the main thrust of this book - quite some years later. The beauty of this first part of the story is that it leads to a surprising revelation at the end, all of which, as far as I am concerned, is very well hidden by the author.

Such is the capability of the author that I was beginning to talk to the book, urging the police and Darby within her own investigations, to do this or to do that. It's been a while since that happened, probably decades! Anyway, `nuff said. This, to my mind, really is a book that demands you don't put it down until you reach the end. Does it have a satisfying ending? Read it to find out. Whatever that outcome, I'm very sure that if you like great suspense held tautly within the hunt for the abductor of the missing women, you'll certainly want to read the author's next book. I do.
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Picked this one up after reading Mooney's other book "The Killing House" which had me from the first page, possibly the best book i read last year.

"The Missing" not so much. Took longer to get going, and the plot lines I found a little thin in places. That being said, this was one of Mooney's first books so I won't be too hard on him. If you haven't ready any of his books before his prose is excellent, and he does generate a real sympathy from the reader with the characters in his books. I did buy into the main protagonist's character well, and wanted to read through to the conclusion to see how she fared out. That being said, it certainly didn't grab me in the way "The Killing House" did.

Will continue to sample his offerings though.

6/10
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