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Engaging read despite the tough subject,
This review is from: Missing Persons (Paperback)
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This book is the story of a family left behind when the son, Johnny, disappears after having dropped out of university. The family are forced to confront how little they know about their darling boy. It is the story of how the resulting grief causes those left behind to start questioning things, including their relationship with the missing Johnny and with other members of the family and close friends.
The main part of the book is written from the point of view of Isabel, Johnny's mother, starting from when it is discovered Johnny has dropped out to a time more than a year later. Thereafter, the tale is taken forward from the point of view of other characters, including Isabel's distant husband, Felix, and their teenage daughter Mia.
The author is one half of the successful Nicci French thriller-writing partnership and the pace of the narrative keeps this as a page turner despite the frequently harrowing discourse as the remaining family members metaphorically tear the skin off each other. This is a story of how different people cope in the turbulent aftermath of a disappearance and, whilst Nicci French fans should not expect a detective tale, they should appreciate the pacy and engaging writing.
Towards the end the story comes off the rails a bit for me, but overall this is a very well-written story of lives falling apart.