Author: Sarah Lotz
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Release date: September 3rd, 2019
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From acclaimed thriller writer Sarah Lotz, hailed by Stephen King as “vastly entertaining,” a new novel about a group of amateur detectives infiltrated by the sadistic killer whose crimes they’re investigating.
Reclusive bookseller Shaun Ryan has always believed that his uncle Teddy died in a car accident twenty years ago. Then he learns the truth: Teddy fled his home in Catholic, deeply conservative County Wicklow, Ireland, for New York and hasn’t been heard from since. None of Shaun’s relatives will reveal why they lied about his uncle’s death or why they want Shaun to leave the whole affair alone.
But Shaun has a burning need to find out the truth. His search is unsuccessful until he’s contacted by Chris Guzman, a woman who runs a website dedicated to matching missing-persons cases with unidentified bodies. Chris and her team of cold-case obsessives suspect that Shaun is looking for the “Boy in the Dress,” one victim in a series of gay men murdered by the same killer.
But who are these internet fanatics really, and how do they know so much about a case that has stumped police for decades? Soon armchair sleuths and professional investigators are on a collision course with a sadistic serial killer who’s gotten away with his crimes for far too long – and now they’re in his sights.
Why did I choose to read Missing Person?
I also found the cover to be pretty and mysterious.
Finally, the synopsis convinced me that I needed to request this ARC and review it.
What did I think of Missing Person?
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz was suspenseful and entertaining, but the ending just fell a bit short for me. Now, where do I start?
What I most enjoyed of Missing Person is the array of characters and their personal stories. Missing Person is set both in Ireland and in the United States, and the narration is divided between the four main characters: Shaun, who’s uncle Teddy has been missing for years and who left his hometown in Ireland to never been heard from again; Ellie, who researched and published (as an amateur) the case of the boy in the dress from the very beginning on the website Missing-Linc; Chris, who owns Missing-Linc, a forum dedicated to matching unidentified remains to missing persons; and finally, Peter, who appears helpful to the case at first but is later revealed to be a danger to the other characters…
These characters all come together beautifully. Their personalities and back story made them quite likable and relatable. I also quite enjoyed the use of modern technology, such as forum chats and instant messaging, in the narration. This is very typical of a Sarah Lotz novel.
The story was quite suspenseful, albeit a bit slow-paced. The reader learns the identity of the murderer very early on, whilst the characters are in the dark. As I just mentioned, the story was a bit slow-paced, but towards the end, you feel stressed as the murderer is closing in on the other characters.
However, I was disappointed of the ending. I found it a bit anti-climatic, and I guess I wish there was more of a confrontation between the killer and the main characters.
All in all though, I do recommend this book and give it 3 and a half stars. I look forward to reading more novels by Mrs. Lotz.
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Until next time!