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Among the Missing
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2001
From the brutal murder in the first chapter, this thriller races along at a frightening pace. The decapitated corpse is discovered by a couple about to enjoy a canoe trip along the river and as is the way with Laymons writing, things will never be quite the same for Faye and Bass. They, along with you the reader, are thrown into the twisting plot of this book, which holds your attention until the very last minute. As has been the case with other Laymon characters and plot lines i.e. "In The Dark," the author manages to manipulate seemingly ordinary people into doing the most unexpected things. However his writing is convincing enough for the reader to suspend disbelief until the end. The events within this book happen over a very short time period, this only adds to the tension and compliments the content. Throw in some dark humour and Laymons assortment of oddball characters playing 'bit-parts' and the book delivers a nice chunk of escapism for a few hours - with some surprising plot twists. Whether he's writing horror of the monster variety or horror of the human variety if you're a fan of this genre - give him a try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 1999
Richard Laymons latest offering is without a doubt one of the most gripping stories he has ever written. A classic story of murder, mayhem, decapitation and double-edged twists the whole way through. The story revolves around a quiet little lakeside town which is left in shock when one glorious summer morning a womans headless corpse is found at the lakeside, leaving Sheriff Rusty Hodges and his deputies with a slightly bizarre and macarbe homocide on their hands, however as the day unfolds the Sheriff realises that it is not a one off incident and soon finds himself in a race against time to try and find the killer. The pace of the book is absolutely blistering and you have to really keep up with events or you will be completely lost. Laymon keeps you right where he wants you until near the end and then he drops several bombshells that blow any theories you had out of the water. This is a superb read for any Laymon fan, a true Laymon gore feast. Just make sure that you start this book over a weekend because it is one of those treasures that you will definately not be able to put down until you find out whodunnit and why. BRILLIANT!!!
Riker 16th August 1999.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2000
Now I have to say, this is a slightly different approach than Laymon usually takes... a headless corpse of a beautiful woman is found at the local tourist spot and the local sheriff and his daughter-in-law have to find the killer. This story is written mainly from the point of view of Pac the local policewoman and Laymon has this amazing ability to take on the persona of young beautiful, independent women. This book I can only sum up as charming, I totally disagree with the previous readers comments, I think this book shows Laymon's talent not only as a horror but as a thriller writer.... this would make a great movie!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2000
I'v e read the vast majority of Laymon's work - this book has a familiar feel and is a true Laymon, keeping you gripped to the end. It's good but it ain't a classic like many others have been.
Still - Laymon's worst is better than Kings best !
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on 1 December 1999
Totally different style to many of Laymon's previous titles yet this murder/thriller story still has the Laymon mark. Easy to get into, the suspense lurks beneath the surface until the final Hollywood-style ending...good read, recommended...when is his books going to be turned into movies????
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on 15 June 2013
This was an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a hidden moral there, don't get into a car with a stranger, or in this case someone you have a passing acquaintance with. It certainly got me thinking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 1999
Laymon is my favourite author and his books normally grip from the get go but sadly this book lacked what his others have had. Normally I can read a Laymon book in less than 2 days but it took me nearly 2 weeks to finish this. I must say this is the only book that has done this. But... I started reading Midnight Tour 3 days ago and I cannot put the bugger down !!! Well done Laymon I love you !!
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on 9 January 2014
This was pretty good, definitely worth a read but not as good as other stuff he had written.
I do love Laymon, graphic and sexy to the end.
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on 2 May 2014
Laymon is one of my all time favourite authors. Just can't recommend his books enough. Brilliant, fun and a little bit sexy.
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on 26 May 2015
You can rely on Richard Layton to write a great story, Among the Missing does not disappoint. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
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