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Missing! Paperback – 3 May 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071121543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711215436
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,809,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Fab read as always as I would expect from Susan Lewis. Kept me gripped from start to finish. Good read.
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2007
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I have been reading Susan Lewis books since she first started writing and I must say that this book was one of the best Ive read. She seems to have got better the more she writes. This book is filled with believable characters that you empathise with immediately. The story and plot were fantastic and I loved this one so much I read it in a day and a half. If you've never tried reading Susan Lewis before.....start now.
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A most enjoyable read. Yet again I was given this book and I hadn't read any of this authors books before, as said in many of my reviews I had always stuck to my fav authors, since reading this book and all its twist, turns and suspension I had read plenty more of this ladies books and intend to read more. I highly recommend this book. Its not as it appears to be, its a twist
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I found this an enjoyable read but I think it could have been better.
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.
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Maybe it's my fault; maybe the missing-person scenario made me think erroneously that this was meant to be a thriller. It's a thoroughly plodding read with characters who never really come to life and an anti-climactic ending.

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.
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I have read all of Susan Lewis's books and most of them I have read a hundred times over. I love her writing, stories, characters and the fact that I can never put them down BUT................ Missing?????? What a drab book I found it really really hardwork and didn't like the characters at all. The story had a good base plot so I carried on reading expecting the usual Susan Lewis twists and turns but received nothing, nada, nought. The fact that we never get the answer to what happened to the child (she could of done some amazing things to this bit) it's the fact that there wasn't any character that ever made you feel as if you were ever going to get an answer. Normal SL books would of kept you guessing and then she hits you with a OMG. I always used to try and work out before she revealed all who and what was behind it all. She was playing far too much on the sentimental side and where was the Sex???
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2010
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My first holiday read, it's a while since I've read any Susan Lewis and the blurb on the back of this one sounds great. I did think however that the front cover is a little misleading, as you are led to believe that the 'missing' of the title is a child, when in fact the missing child is only a small part of the story.

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.
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The plot of this novel immediately caught my attention and I found myself turning page after page. I eagerly anticipated some kind of twist and was bitterly disappointed to find the ending seemed so "flat". I can't help feeling this could have been so much more, the potential in the plot was certainly there, it is however, a stark insight into the lives of families whose children "disappear" and the pain and suffering which ensues for a lifetime.
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