Missing Link Paperback – 10 Oct 2009
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A skilled and ingenious piece of work, and a pleasure to read, as Kay delivers jab after wicked jab at the TV programmes we love to hate and stay to watch. Enemies turn into friends, friends into relatives, the horrid turn out to be loveable and vice versa, at such speed this reader had no choice or wish but to read on, horrified and laughing at the same time. --Fay Weldon
From the Author
Missing Link became one of the most compulsive things I have ever written, as I never knew precisely how the story was going to finish until I got to the end. I would eat all my meals at the computer, and carry on writing until I fell asleep at the keyboard. I hope you find it as compelling to read as I did to write...
Top Customer Reviews
The characters are plentiful, but clearly defined. You will have your own favourites, but I was particularly fond of newsreader Nicholas Creed and art teacher Bronwyn Price. There is a cast list at the beginning of the book, but don't let this put you off. I only referred to it once.
Missing Link keeps you guessing what the revelation about central character Jessica will be. I read this book quickly, desperate to know the answer. I will now re-read it at a more leisurely pace, more able to enjoy the humour and follow the tangled web that intertwines the characters' lives. The pace of the story is fast, with plenty dialogue that helps the pages fly by.
This novel would make an excellent subject for discussion at a book club. There is a selection of suggested questions at the end of the book to get you started.
Set predominantly in the television studios and centred on the reality programme entitled 'Missing Link', Elizabeth Kay's characters immediately leap to life. Within the first two chapters the reader is introduced to three of the books main characters: Spliff - the investigative Missing Link TV host, and Jessica Pierce and Fern Marshall - the programmes two guests awaiting the reveal. Interwoven with a wealth of colourful support characters, I was surprised at how my opinions altered towards each of them as their personalities developed and the plot unfurled.
Elizabeth Kay dangles the proverbial carrot from one chapter to the next, offering just a little insight into the situation, before weaving in another element to keep the pages turning. The subplots are all very successfully included, enabling the reader to weigh up the information offered and draw his or her own conclusion to the many emotional subjects touched upon.
Whether you love or loathe reality TV shows - Don't miss out on this book!!
Set in 2020, in the glamorous and seedy world of reality TV, Missing Link is the eponymous investigative show which explores the lives of participants, ruthlessly exposing past trauma and connections of which they are ignorant.
The characters are quirky and highly individual: The programme's featured participants are rich art student Jessica, brought up in luxury by her elderly parents, and reflexologist Fawn who was raped as a teenager and raised in poverty by her alchoholic mother. Can they really have a connection?
The chat show host, is Spliff, lover of Mahler and one-night stands. Charismatic and morally replusive by turns, he employs his intellect and sensitivity to probe mercilessly into his interviewees' most sensitive parts. Is he really the rat he seems? And who is the mysterious Doctor Klein? I had to read on to find out more!
Missing Link would make a brilliant film, with its sparky dialogue, strong plot-lines and rapid changes of scene. Locations are varied too and Elizabeth Kay has a keen eye for the visual beauty of wild-life, from humming birds in Costa Rica to badgers in Surrey.
I didn't see the end coming. Ultimately, this is a moral book, with a human heart, which has important points to make about the abuse of power and capability. It intrigues and entertains from start to finish.
Read and enjoy!
It presents a reality TV world that we are all familiar with now, but is all the more impressive when we learn from Ms Kay that this story was dreamt up long before Big Brother and Jeremy Kyle reared their ugly heads onto our TV screens.
Gradually it promises more and more until the final twist in the tale. I defy anybody to tell me truthfully that they could guess (even at the paragraph before the reveal) the totally surprising and absolutely unexpected twist to this tale. Its subject will make you think about the moral and ethical questions raised in the news programmes that we only half listen to or or the newspaper articles that we take only a passing interest in.
I wonder how many TV producers have looked at this with a view to making a short special series from it before quietly (glancing around to make sure that nobody's looking over their sholder) putting it back in their bottom drawer because it touches too many nerves.
I see that Ms Kay is praised for her children's books, this is an excellent adult read, the first of many I hope.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a first foray into Adult Literature this really is excellent. The best modern novel I have read this year, and hits just where it is needed at spin, sensationalist TV, and... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2009 by Carole Proctor
Missing Link is a fast paced page turner, intelligently written and ingeniously plotted. It has some important points to make about reality TV and the ethical dilemmas posed by... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2009 by S. Pickard
Don't begin to read this book if you're the sort who starts the day by writing a list of Things I Must Do Today, because they won't get done. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2009 by J. Butler
I kept telling myself to slow down as I devoured this compulsive read. I knew I wasn't savouring the naunces of the evolving charecters or reflecting on the fascinating... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2009 by Caro