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The Missing [Paperback]

Jane Casey
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Book Description

4 Feb 2010

Jenny Shepherd is twelve years old and missing...

Her teacher, Sarah Finch, knows better than most that the chances of finding her alive are diminishing with every day she is gone.

As a little girl her older brother had gone out to play one day and never returned. The strain of never knowing what has happened to Charlie had ripped Sarah's family apart. Now in her early twenties, she is back living at home, trapped with a mother who drinks too much and keeps her brother's bedroom as a shrine to his memory.

Then, horrifically, it is Sarah who finds Jenny's body, beaten and abandoned in the woods near her home. As she's drawn into the police investigation and the heart of a media storm, Sarah's presence arouses suspicion too. But it not just the police who are watching her...

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction); First Thus edition (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091935997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091935993
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All my criminal elements have some basis in reality, no matter how awful they may be. Nothing is completely farfetched." Jane Casey

Crime is a family affair for Jane Casey. Married to a criminal barrister, she has a unique insight into the brutal underbelly of urban life, from the smell of a police cell to the darkest motives of a serial killer.

This gritty realism has made her books international bestsellers and critical successes; while D.C. Maeve Kerrigan has quickly become one of the most popular characters in crime fiction.

Twice shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award as well as the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Jane has been recently longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

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"...compulsive, menacing and moving - a very satisfying psychological thriller"--Sophie Hannah

"The Missing aims high, and doesn't miss. A complex plot, deftly handled; a good puzzle, dextrously unfolded; interesting characters, lots of tension, and a user-friendly style; this is a truly striking debut."--Reginald Hill

"The Missing is a remarkably compelling and convincing depiction of what it must be like to be caught up - first as a witness, then as more than that - in a police murder inquiry"--Robert Goddard

"The Missing is an accomplished first novel by Jane Casey. Casey has created a flawed but like-able heroine and a tremendous sense of suspense that continues until the final page"--Sunday Times

"In her debut novel, Jane Casey expertly handles a complex and psychologically compelling plot"--Daily Mail

"...accomplished writing and sensitive characterisation..."--The Guardian

" assured debut by an Irish writer, written with elegance and it delivers more twists than a corkscrew"--Irish Independent

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Jane Casey's crime debut - a beautifully written and utterly compelling psychological thriller

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Mar 2010
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For various reasons this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for weeks without me reading it and what a mistake that was. From the first page to the last it kept me gripped and I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. The story involves 2 children who had gone missing 16 years apart and there is one person who is linked to both children. I can't say too much more without giving the plot away, but believe me the plot is good. It is essentally a police procedural, but the main character is not a cop. The author describes the characters well and I found myself immersed in their stories and lives. There are enough twists and turns that just when you think you are getting to grips with the storyline a twist leaves you reeling and wondering what is going to happen next. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good murder mystery. I look forward to reading the next book from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Think of the sort of murder mystery you've seen on tv or read many, many times, with all the familiar clichés and plot twists. Throw in some clunky dialogue, unlikely situations, stereotypical characters and superficial psychology, and you've got this book. And on top of all that, the author seems to specialise in my two pet hates:
Firstly, everything and everyone is over-described. Do we need to know that it's "the largest hospital in the area, it had been a Victorian foundation, redeveloped in the best brutalist style during the 1960s. It occupied a vast site near a dual carriageway..." Or to be told that "there was something about his eyes, a deep-seated disillusionment and distrust that suggested he had heard too many lies..." Whatever happened to show, don't tell?
Secondly, the heroine is the queen of Mary Sue victims: suffering beautifully, she's vulnerable and brave - and incredibly annoying. All the male characters gather round her like moths round a flame, including the hard-boiled older policeman (unlikely) and his handsome and available sidekick (predictable). Her mother is almost cartoon-like in her awfulness - think Cinderella's stepmother - but she's right about the lovely Sarah: it is all about her, all the time ... "Don't try to understand me. Don't try to fix me. I'm far too broken..."
(And there's a third: an interview with the author at the end - after just one book. No, I don't want to know what Jane Casey's top five books of all time are).
At the end, after the police eventually get round to investigating the weirdo over the road, and one final over-the-top scene involving a crossbow (!) and some scissors, hero and heroine can finally drive off into the sunset together.
I'm bemused by all the four and five star reviews, and Sophie Hannah's glowing endorsement on the cover. For me, this "satisfying psychological thriller" failed on all three counts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors 23 Feb 2010
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This is an average book, with a rather irritating heroine and a passable plot. The problem is that there are too many errors. Sarah Finch is told by the detective that the murdered girl was pregnant when she was killed. She is to say nothing about this, any leaks will come from her. She even mentions that it has not been in the papers. Yet, when the PE teacher is attacked, she asks the man in charge whether or not his DNA could be checked, because the girl was pregnant and nobody expresses surprise that she knows such an important clue. Again, she is photographed by neighbours mobile phones, while being arrested, yet Vickers makes a big show out of damaging a photographers camera outside the police station. In these days, of Sky news, where photo's and images appear almost instantaneously, these kind of errors are really unforgivable, and I have only noted two examples. There are more. Whoever edited this book should be hauled up and asked why he or she did not demand a re-write. As Sarah Finch is a teacher in the book, I will only say, "Could do better". A favourite phrase I believe!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow moving thriller 23 Mar 2010
By J.Flood
When Sarah Finch was a child her older brother Charlie disappeared, never to be seen again. Sixteen years later, Sarah, is working as a teacher in the same area, when one of the schoolgirls she teaches goes missing. It is Sarah who discovers her body a few days later, in the local woods, when out jogging.

I was expecting this novel to be a real page turner, and it grabbed my interest at the start, but I thought overall that the story was a bit sluggish, and only got going in parts. I also thought some of the actions of the main character, and occasionally the police, were a bit improbable at times, which got a bit infuriating. Not a terrible book by any means, but a bit disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bit predictable 27 Mar 2010
By Anne
Sarah Finch is haunted by the disappearance of her brother. Then one day she discovers the dead body of one of her school pupils. This is the start of a nightmare of episodes that escalate into suspicion and danger. Because of Sarah's excessive curiosity in the murder case she inevitably falls under suspicion. This results in aggression and violence that is beyond Sarah's comprehension and drives her to the edge of despair.
This is an exciting first novel that has been very well researched. I found the character of Sarah bland and irritating, but the liveliness of the story rescues her. There are `flashback' chapters that lend a sense of expectancy to the book and fills in details of Sarah's family in the past. I quickly got engrossed in this gripping thriller that also includes romance, and found that I couldn't wait to get to the conclusion, even though I'd predicted it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read. I shall be looking for more Jane Casey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time
Not a bad storyline which quickly becomes rather silly and predictable. I'd worked it all out about a third of the way through. The ending is overdone unfortunately. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This was delivered in record time, great value,really gripping book, the story line makes you want to continue reading, very hard to put down
Published 5 months ago by J Vaughan
2.0 out of 5 stars "Tell Mum I'll be back soon."
Two time-lines, one set in 1992 and moving at intervals up to the then present, the other set around approximately fourteen years later in 2001. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eileen Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery
When Sarah's older brother Charlie goes missing in 1992 when she's only 8 years old the whole family is traumatised now 16 years later when English teacher Sarah gets involved in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David H J Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Haven't read any Jane Casey before, but I really enjoyed this and will definitely seek out her other books now.
Published 5 months ago by ReviewGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
This is the first book that I have read by this author and it certainly won't be the last. Absolutely fantastice, fast moving and really kept me on the edge.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Gillian Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I would recommend this book. I thought I'd predicted the killer but I was so wrong! Fantastic story. I will be buying more of Jane's books.
Published 8 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars first book of the serie with dc Kerrigan
i started with this book a very good plot and introduction to dc Kerrigan into her carrer in a man job
Published 8 months ago by Ms. F. Thepot
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