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Turgid and Tedious,
This review is from: Missing Persons (Paperback)
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Though the storyline relates to a single missing person the title `Missing Persons' is plural, so reflecting a thrust to the narrative as a psychological study of how people react and the turmoil they experience when someone they are close to goes missing. In taking this approach author Nicci Gerrard perhaps strays outside her comfort zone as a thriller writer. `Missing Persons' is nicely written with well crafted characters but it comes across as somewhat pompous in exploring endlessly the feelings and emotions of those left in ignorance.
Nicci Gerrard's skills are evident via the manner in which she manages to write of the same things over and over with only minor nuances, but this slows the pace of her novel and diminishes its impact. `Missing Persons' may be a thought provoking treatise on missing persons but it does not make for a riveting read. Focus is on the traumas and self analysis of parents, siblings, friends etc. and not on the missing person and his whereabouts. After a short introduction to the missing person there are over 200 pages given to the mother, then shorter expositions by father and sister before returning to a final section on the missing person - but what is truly missing is any proper explanation of why he went missing or what he did whilst missing. As a novel `Missing Persons' lacks something and is only average - hence 3-star rating.