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Missing Persons [Kindle Edition]

Nicci Gerrard
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 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.à 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 (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loving too much?......................... 24 May 2012
By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid and Tedious 5 Dec 2012
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Persons - Emotive Times at University 28 July 2012
By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A nightmare book for anyone that can not get in touch with their son or daughter at University.

When I got offered the chance to get this book couldn't wait to read it, as have read quite a lot of the authors previous books in the past and thought I would be in for a good read. Of which I was.

A thrilling but highly emotional read by the great crime writing duo husband and wife. Well by one half of it. This is one which did not let me down in turns of emotion, what if's and just how will the Hopkins family cope. I am left feeling that a crime book done by the duo or an emotive book such as this done by just one half of the team both hit the same spot, just super reading.

Altogether a highly emotive book that tells the tale of Jonny who goes away to University but who for some reason does not want to be found by his family .... No spoilers but all I can say is that at times it is so emotive and compelling, especially when you start to feel for his family. At the very begining when Isobel, Jonny's mother sees the cat and remembers what her son said, well it had me nearly in tears. Being a mother myself and eldest away at Uni, and at times getting hold of her is difficult. Well I can see just where the ideas come from, a normal life event in many households, but the feelings the family goes through does make you feel so for them.
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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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I am glad I didn't give up on this.
I found this book difficult to read at first. Very well and beautifully written. But there was only one story, Johnny had disapeared. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Andy O'Boogie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a thriller. Emotional.
I usually enjoy Nicci French novels, and the genre they normally inhabit, the psychological thriller. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Alison Towers
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This was very almost a five star rating from me. Almost. A brilliant, thought provoking and unpredictable read. This was lengthy but I found it totally necessary and compelling. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book really well written difficult subject sensitively handled
Published 1 month ago by nykola goodwill
3.0 out of 5 stars ... nicci from the nicci French writing team and I love those novels...
this is nicci from the nicci French writing team and I love those novels were as this one I found hard to get into once it got going through I found I could not put it down I would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. B. E. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
I found this to be really well written, as I expected from the reputation of Nicci from her solo and joint books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by taylzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read!
An emotional read, and especially at this time of year when so many of my friends are in turmoil as their kids leave home for University. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Polly Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing !
Published 3 months ago by kelly oates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 3 months ago by Dianne Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Another decent book from the author. It is quite well written and the crime elements work well.
Everything just about makes sense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Emperor
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