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Missing! Paperback – 3 May 2001
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From the Author
It's not just about missing cats.
It's not just about missing cats.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jonathan Langley was born in 1952 and studied at the Liverpool College of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. A hugely successful author and illustrator of children's books, his titles for HarperCollins have sold over a million copies throughout the world. Shine was written in collaboration with his wife, Karen Langley. They are based in Arnside, Cumbria.
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Top Customer Reviews
What attracted me to this book was the title and the synopsis, but somehow the book failed to completely deliver on that.
Some things could have been better, such as:
-More details on the missing child situation were needed, as it was the key driver to the story. A closure of some sort would have been better. It left the reader making up their own mind about the validity of Jacqueline's actions.
-More depth to the characters. I just couldnt get Mrs Avery, one minute I was sympathising with her pain and the next minute I felt like slapping her.
-The teenage daughter was bit over the top (can't remember myself as a teenager perhaps!). She just came across as a spoiled rich daddy's girl.
-The whole sub-story on Sharon and WI was unnecessary. And tad bit unrealistic (the whole thing with Theo, Sky TV and raising 400k just to help the plight of one person!)?
Overall though, I would recommend this book as a good holiday read.
The start is bit slow and it takes a bit of perseverance to get it going, but the rest if a good and interesting read.
Perhaps if Lewis had created not quite so many minor characters who have nothing to do, she could have made the book a more manageable length and given the principal characters some sort of credibility. The 14-year-old daughter, in particular, is the worst kind of stroppy-adolescent cliché and becomes extremely tiresome to the reader.
For me, the book lacked focus. We have the main plot of the missing woman but it keeps veering off into a tiresome bunch of WI members, who are thoroughly patronised (are there really no working-class women in Devon who speak standard, grammatical English?) and a feud between Miles Avery and another newspaper editor.
I was glad to get to the end.
The story is really about the disappearance of Jacqueline Avery - disturbed and lonely wife of the wealthy Miles and mother of a teenage daughter. Jacqueline has disappeared before, and it is soon clear that she has many issues to deal with, not least the disappearance of her small son many years ago and the impact of that event on her life. It takes a while for Miles to contact the police about his wife's disappearance, and once he does, his secrets are soon exposed.
Alongside the central storyline, there is the story of Vivienne; the woman who Miles really loves and who has kept a major secret from him for some time for fear of how Jacqueline would cope with yet another explosive event in her life.
A good read with a sound story line and some good characters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book once again from Susan Lewis. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A must read for anyone who has lots of spare time because once you start it you must carry on reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by cliffdan