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Missing Beat Paperback – 5 Jun 2018
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About the Author
Liverpool born Bob Stone is an author and bookshop owner. He has been writing for as long as he could hold a pen and some would say his handwriting has never improved. He is the author of two self-published children's books, A Bushy Tale and A Bushy Tale: The Brush Off. Missing Beat, the first in a trilogy for Young Adults, is his first full-length novel. Bob still lives in Liverpool with his wife and cat and sees no reason to change any of that.
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That phrase drew me in. They are Joey's mum's words and they are what a mum would say. They show her concern, her fear and her love for her son and the shadow of loss for Joey's grandad. Bob Stone does dialogue authentically, really capturing the way people speak and the thought process behind their words. Stone obviously knows the North of England well and that shines in the book. The use of Another Place and the iron men at Crosby ground us in place and are spot on.
The story opens with Joey Cole listening to his heart. But then there is the car accident...
It's a great set up and great opening lines. I was immediately interested in this boy with a hole in his heart. I cared. By the end of the book, I loved how this apparent defect is turned on its head. However, I am not going to give anything away and spoil your reading!
Missing Beat is a page turner. I ploughed through the first 22 chapters before I had to take a break. Stone ends chapters, spring-boarding us in another direction or with hands clutched to mouth. He also creates a new, unique world and it is terrifying, not only because of the Screamers but also because it is so much like our own world but with chilling differences. Slowly, we come to learn what the real threat is, all the time being given some shocking moments. We switch between POVs while also being overseen by an omniscient commentator, with a turn of phrase like, 'It really should have come as no surprise that Ruby was waiting...' I don't know why, but phrases like that made me feel closer to the writer and I liked that.
Each character has a reason for being in the novel. No-one is superfluous. I liked trying to work out how each person's skill or foible would be used. Stone's answers never disappointed.
This world is a nightmare. The quest notches up a gear at every turn and frustrates in a way this journey with a lead protagonist dictates. We understand that this has to happen, but it is not formulaic because the author keeps surprising us with the characters and action.
All I'll say about the ending, is that the characters remain consistent, with militant Emma, strong to the last, and her journey, a satisfying arc. I love what the hole in Joey's heart means, linking cleverly with his mum's refrain, 'Listen to your heart.'
The ending sets up extremely well for a sequel too...and then there is the epilogue...
Again, unexpected twists and I am eager to see where we are now. A different world or time yet again? What I mostly feel is dread for Joey, Emma and the others, but excitement as to where Stone will lead next.
When is the sequel out?
Downside....I don't think we need the contents page.
I would love a map instead, because I love maps and feel it would be a useful addition.
How they've ended up in a parallel world to their own, isn't entirely clear. I took it to be that point at which the spirit hangs between this world and the next, not sure which way it is going to go. Then I questioned myself, as one of the characters is plastered across 'Missing' posters in the real world, yet in the parallel world it seems obvious to me that this character tried to take their own life. These ponderings did distract me.
Joey and Emma lead this tale of lost souls who are looking for a way out of this world they find themselves trapped in; a world almost the same as the real world, but with subtle differences; a world which appears to be perfect, but which soon starts to tarnish like everything else. Along the way, as other lost souls latch on to them - for good reasons and for bad - they learn that they are the key to escaping this world. The escape they are hoping for, however, isn't the one they get.
Will Joey and Emma ever find their way 'home'? I guess we'll have to read books two and three to find out!
The local setting of this novel, around the author's home base, will appeal to many readers as they will be able to follow Joey and Emma's journey.
Prior to this book, Bob has written for a much younger market - two highly successful picture books 'A Bushy Tale' and 'A Bushy Tale: the Brush Off.' Missing Beat is Bob's first foray into the novel - and what a debut! The story opens like one of those great Rod Serling Twilight Zone episodes, with an intriguing and strong fantasy premise. Very quickly we are quickly drawn into what becomes a genuine thriller which moves at a pace. To me it became much more like one of those well-written Dr Who episodes.
The quest of the protagonists is thwarted by dangers and dangerous people and Bob isn't shy at playing for keeps. Bad things happen to good people, just as they do in the real world. The dangers are real and the good are in danger. This builds genuine tension as the book progresses.
The climax is well written, leaving the door open for the next two parts. If the rest of the trilogy is as good as this, it could easily be optioned for TV or film.
Keep those keys clacking Bob we're waiting for part two!