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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 (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,639 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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 23 Mar 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2010
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Sarah's brother mysteriously disappeared when she was a child - and she's been suffering the consequences ever since; resented by her alcoholic mother for not being able to remember exactly what happened that sleepy summer afternoon. Salt is rubbed further into the wound when a young girl later goes missing in the same town - a pupil of the now grown-up Sarah, teacher at a local private school.

Two stories are thus rolled into one, recounting both the past disappearance of Charlie and the present absence of Jenny, in alternating chapters. I've seen this device used before, not terribly successfully it has to be said (e.g. in Tobias Hill's 'Underground') but here it works quite well, because both tales are equally compelling.

I do agree with previous reviewer comments that Sarah's access to police information in the ongoing investigation stretches credibility a bit. And the lack of suspense is a disappointment (Wouldn't Sarah's mugging have seemed much more frightening if there had been some build-up to it or a stronger sense that she was being followed?). And though I quite enjoyed the plot twists, I did find myself a bit exasperated at the predictable need for yet another dramatic and violent finish (do all crime and thriller writers these days have TV and film screenplays in mind when penning grand finales?!).

That said it's a very easy and enjoyable read, if you can overlook the minor flaws. I completed it at one sitting on a train journey through France, and it certainly made the time fly, which must be an accolade of sorts.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Bryony A. Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Dec 2009
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This was a fantastic read and I haven't been able to put it down for the last 2 days. It did remind me a little of Kate Atkinson's Case Histories but I think I actually preferred this book and was swept along by the story with very few slow parts.

Sarah Finch is a school teacher at an all girls school.She is out running and finds one of her students murdered in the woods, this triggers her memories of when she was a young girl and her older brother charlie went missing and the story flips from present to past as she tries to make sense of the incidents while dealing with her alcoholic mother.

I would recommend this to any crime/thriller fan and definitely hope to read more from Jane Casey. .
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2010
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I thought The Missing was absolutely amazing and couldn't have been better written. The emotions were woven in to the words and jumped out at me every time I read them. I felt through the book that I was Sarah. It had me constantly wanting more and to read on and on! The story line took me by surprise and made me jump with each twist it took and then the ending surprised me the most but I won't give it away! A plot that was divided so many times it was almost impossible to follow but not quite and that kept me wanting more kept me needing to know how it would resolve! Then the memories between the chapters, memories of when Charlie went missing are so emotionally tiring. How she fits all that emotion in to just a few pages I cannot explain. Lastly the way she describes creates such a vivid picture before my eyes.

(review by my 12 year old daughter)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookwoman on 6 Oct 2013
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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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