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Missing Persons

Missing Persons [Kindle Edition]

Nicci Gerrard
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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When Jonny went missing everything changed.

His mother's heart is full of terror and sadness instead of joy.

His father's study overflows with newspaper cuttings and profiles on missing people instead of the academic texts that were there before.

His sister, once carefree, now carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.

His bedroom at home remains untouched and ready for his return.

A place is set for him at the table on Christmas day each year.

His birthday is always celebrated; unopened gifts for him gather dust.

The hands on the clock continue to move forwards and yet Jonny hasn't returned.

Where is he?

About the Author

Nicci Gerrard writes for the Observer and is the co-author, with Sean French, of the bestselling Nicci French thrillers. She lives in Suffolk with her husband and four children. Her novels Things We Knew Were True, Solace, The Moment You Were Gone and The Winter House are all published by Penguin and received rave reviews.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241950066
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950067
  • ASIN: B007RBW2QK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loving too much?......................... 24 May 2012
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I've always enjoyed the books written by the team of Nicci French, and so I expected this solo book by Nicci Gerrard (one half of the Nicci French writing team) to be pretty much in the same vein. It was and it wasn't. 'Missing Persons' is the story of the Hopkins family, Mum Isabel, Dad Felix, daughter Tamsin, son Johnny, and daughter Mia. They are a typical family unit, with all the trials and tribulations that most of us experience. Tamsin, the oldest daughter, is overweight and unhappy. Mia, the youngest, is thin and being bullied at school. Johnny.........well, Johnny is perfect. He is a kind, caring, loving boy, who fulfills his parents dreams by going to university. Isabel finds it hard to let him go, but she does, and speaks to him constantly. Felix is more reserved, their marriage is settled into middle-aged contentment, and things are good. Isabel has her two close friends, Jenny and Leah, and the three of them put the world to rights on their girlie nights out. But then Isabel can't get in touch with Johnny. He doesn't answer his phone, there is no word from him, and panic sets in. Johnny is 18 years old, an adult, and if he disappears - well, there isn't a great deal that anyone can do. Suddenly, the world comes crashing down for the Hopkins family.They have to consider their greatest fear - that something terrible has happened to Johnny, and that he is dead. Isabel refuses to believe that this could be so, she would KNOW if her son were dead. Isabel and Felix search frantically, enlisting the help of Johnny's friends, and finding that they really didn't know their son as well as they thought. Is it possible to love TOO much - to smother someone, to drive them to acts of desparation? Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid and Tedious 5 Dec 2012
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Though the storyline relates to a single missing person the title `Missing Persons' is plural, so reflecting a thrust to the narrative as a psychological study of how people react and the turmoil they experience when someone they are close to goes missing. In taking this approach author Nicci Gerrard perhaps strays outside her comfort zone as a thriller writer. `Missing Persons' is nicely written with well crafted characters but it comes across as somewhat pompous in exploring endlessly the feelings and emotions of those left in ignorance.

Nicci Gerrard's skills are evident via the manner in which she manages to write of the same things over and over with only minor nuances, but this slows the pace of her novel and diminishes its impact. `Missing Persons' may be a thought provoking treatise on missing persons but it does not make for a riveting read. Focus is on the traumas and self analysis of parents, siblings, friends etc. and not on the missing person and his whereabouts. After a short introduction to the missing person there are over 200 pages given to the mother, then shorter expositions by father and sister before returning to a final section on the missing person - but what is truly missing is any proper explanation of why he went missing or what he did whilst missing. As a novel `Missing Persons' lacks something and is only average - hence 3-star rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, but maybe unsatisfying, novel 13 May 2013
By TheLibrarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Missing Persons is the story of a teenage boy who goes to university and then disappears leaving his family and fellow students baffled. This novel is not so much a whodunnit as a portrait of how the boy's disappearance effects his family. In a way this makes it a very trendy style of novel as that has been the theme of many recent TV dramas such as The Killing and Broadchurch. This is definitely not a thriller like the Nicci French novels, instead it is more of a character study. I found this an interesting book, although it is rather slow in parts. I enjoyed reading about the effect of the boy's disappearance on the different members of the family, although I found myself sympathising with some characters more than others. The mother is portrayed as being slighty annoying which does mean it is sometimes hard to sympathise with her. I think Missing Persons is worth reading, but don't expect a fast-paced thriller.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disappearance? The Ultimate Selfish Act ? 21 May 2012
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Reading this was mostly a far from comfortable experience. At first, I felt it was in danger of becoming one almost unbearable long essay on loss, inevitable crumbling of a marriage, endurance; for what else can you do but go on from one day to the next; of truly terrible tension. Nicci Gerrard as the other half of Nicci French writes crime stories, psychological dramas, so I was busy wondering if and when the twists and turns might arrive. The publishers words don't help, they leave every possibility wide open. You just have to push on through, as do Felix, Isabel and their two daughters, all left reeling after it is clear that Johnny, who should have been in his first term at Sheffield University, really has disappeared.

Later on in, I was able to breath again and take in a wider view. It was all so dreadfully worrying that I definitely had to sit on my hands to stop myself peeking at the end pages for a clue. Throughout, the threads were being skilfully pulled so taut and strong. I was amazed at how much the author knows or can imagine about what is a nightmare scenario for any family. Any mother who has just seen her child off to university might be advised to read this later, when their newly launched offspring is within sight and sound.

For each person, the suffering is individual, sharing it is almost impossible, and they have to deal with their loss in their own ways. There is no alternative to the dreadful coming to terms with an aching void, an almost hopeless future. How could Johnny do this to them? And why? What had they all missed? Friends and family are all distraught.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Persons
I found the turmoil recounted in the first few days following Jonny’s disappearance very puzzling, and implausible. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Was given "the winter house" to read by a friend and told I must read it. Which I did and loved. Read more
Published 1 day ago by almondgirl
2.0 out of 5 stars One for diehard fans - but not for me
The writing partnership that includes Nicci Gerrard has recently written rather turgid and lacklustre novels (the decision to move away from their stand alone, pretty good suspense... Read more
Published 14 days ago by D. P. Mankin
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of modern life
250,000 people go missing every year.

This is one of the facts collected by a missing boy's father, who becomes an expert on the subject, obsessively gathering and... Read more
Published 14 days ago by P. Kendell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a thriller
This book by Nicci Gerard is written by one half of the Nicci French husband and wife duo. It is very different to the Nicci French novels so don't get this book expecting it to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
This is a wonderful read with authentic characters. When you get to the end re-read the first chapter. Highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by Em Hollowood
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Johnny's disappearance from his university stuns all his family and friends especially as it appears that he has chosen to vanish on his own accord. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing person
did not enjoy this and usually Nick cGerrard is one of my favourite writers. not gripping this time, in fact almost boring. so disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by sylvie
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing
I didn't like this book, too much introspection. So fine after years of being the only perfect child in the family Johnny goes missing from Uni. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Troops
3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow unsatisfying
In spite of her happy marriage, comfortable house in rural Suffolk and successful teaching career, Isabel has not had an easy life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. B. Kelly
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