It's hard to see non-Urban Fantasy objectively when I'm expecting to read something similar to UF. This book was suggested by SW to the fans of the Kate Daniels series (UF), but it wouldn't be fair to view it next to that genre. I'll review "The Missing" in light of PNR books I've read that share a similar theme. I've read "Dream Man" by Linda Howard, "Tracy's Psychic" by Jory Strong, and a host of Kay Hooper's `Bishop/SCU' novels. Linda Howard's book was the one that introduced me to PNR, so for me it is the definitive outline for psychic romance suspense. Anyway, even when comparing TM to other books of its ilk, I cannot say I enjoyed it much.
(1) I thought the premise was good, but too much was thrown into the plot without laying enough initial groundwork. Different aspects of Tainge's abilities conveniently appeared as the situations warranted without prior revelation/explanation (and the ability evolution continued until almost the story's climax--**cough**psychic imprint left on others**cough**).
(2) The author used psychic dreams to forge a relationship between Tainge and Cullen's daughter. This was unnecessary given the talent and experience both females shared. This contrivance paid a disservice to all the other efforts made in the book to draw the two together. I can forgive the device's use in the romance between Tainge and Cullen, since the pair take a while to reunite.
(3) There was no real explanation as to why the villain failed to make a victim of one of the characters that should have been a gimme. I expected there would be something more significant than the thin--but highly improbable--reason provided.
Those were relatively small things, though. I could have overlooked them. However,
(4) the biggie was the stark contrast between Tainge's experiences and those of Cullen. If there was poverty, pain, suffering, assault, or rejection to be had it was bequeathed unto the heroine--throughout the ENTIRE story. Honestly, I'd be afraid to associate with Tainge. She had a black lightning-filled cloud hanging around that followed her EVERYWHERE and lit her up FREQUENTLY. Cullen's life couldn't have been more different--even when he was standing right next to her she was guaranteed to get struck as he watched aghast.
Bottom line: Tainge's determination and experiences reminded me of a Looney Tune hero valiantly forging on with one working limb despite the numerous gunshot wounds in his chest, arrows in his legs, axe splicing his skull--WTH? The reader is assured that Tainge is a strong person who doesn't require the help of a man, but honestly, if I'd had her life I'd be begging for some man to save me. She wasn't a cbaracter I could admire--despite all the good she did. She was just a very sad--taken advantage of--victim.