missing persons

Silent Child

Silent Child

Sarah A. Denzil
4
Rated by
Amanda W.
Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

Aiden was six when he went missing during a bad rainstorm which flooded the banks of the river that runs through their village. His family and police believed he had been swept away by the river and drowned, having only found his jacket floating in the river and no body. Ten years later his mom is married and in her last month of pregnancy when she gets the incredible news that Aiden is alive.

Arrowood mage with mansion and two playing children

Arrowood

Laura McHugh
4
Rated by
LeeAnn B.
Sunday, Sep 3, 2017

Arrowood is a grand mansion on the banks where the Des Moines River meets the Mississippi River. Arden Arrowood spent her childhood living in the family home until the tragic disappearance of her two-year old twin sisters drove her family to abandon the house. Now, almost 20 years later, Arden returns to Arrowood and the memories of her childhood and her sisters. Will she finally be able to find out what happened on that fateful day so long ago?

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The Roanoke Girls

Amy Engel
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017

Lane is just fifteen when her mother commits suicide. She is sent from New York City to western Kansas to live with her grandparents. Even though she’s never met them, they claim to love and want her. As Lane adjusts to life away from the dysfunction of her mentally ill mother, her idealistic image of the farm blends with her mother’s version to form a reality she wants no part of.

But home and family are hard to root out, and when her cousin Allegra goes missing, Lane is dragged back into the dysfunction she thought she had escaped when she left Osage Flats ten years before.

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Paper Towns

John Green
5
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017

Quentin Jacobsen has spent his life loving the magnificent and adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from next door. So when she crawls through his window one night dressed like a ninja and summons him for a genious campaign of revenge, he of course follows. The next day at school, she has mysteriously vanished into thin air. But he learns she left him clues to find her, and the closer he gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

This book was just another masterpiece by John Green. I simply enjoyed it. As I read it I did not want it to end. John Green is definitely my new...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deep in debt and seeking a major change in her life, author Elizabeth Greenwood becomes infatuated with the idea of faking her own death. Couldn't she just "die," and walk away from her student loans, her life, and her problems? Instead of actually committing pseudocide, as it's known, she delves into researching the idea instead, and the result is Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud.

Forgotten Girls

The Forgotten Girls

Sara Blaedel
3
Rated by
Rachel N.
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

In The Forgotten Girls, Detective Louise Rick returns to the area she grew up in for a fresh start. As the new head of the Missing Persons Department, she finds that her familiarity with the terrain makes things easier, however, confronting people from her past is tougher than she expects.

While reading, you get an inkling that there may be more than one mystery to be solved. True to Scandinavian crime fiction, this book doesn't shy away from tough subjects or gory details.

Two girls running in a field, with a large, old house in the background

Arrowood

Laura McHugh
4
Rated by
Hilary S.
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016

Laura McHugh's second novel does not disappoint. Set in Keokuk, Iowa, this novel tells the story of Arden Arrowood, who has inherited her family's stately old home, where she hasn't set foot since she was a child. Arden's grandparents have owned the house and held it in a trust for years, keeping it maintained and intact. Now that her father has passed away, the house is Arden's. Her mother doesn't think it's a good idea to move back, but Arden can't resist.

girl underwater

The End of Everything

Megan Abbott
4
Rated by
Cheryl M.
Monday, Feb 29, 2016

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott is a haunting coming-of-age story, ripe with teenage angst and suburban mystery.

Please Look After Mom

Kyung-Sook Shin
5
Rated by
Megan C.
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015

This best-selling novel by South Korean author Kyung-Sook Shin takes a piercing look at how we treat those closest to us, and what it means to be a wife and mother. Told from four perspectives, the story examines the aftermath of the disappearance of “mom”. Some of the narrators speak in the unusual voice of second person, which serves to make the narrative more personal.

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013

A friend of mine, who loves mysteries, recommended Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel. She said it is a book to put on my To Read list, but after reading the intriguing summary I gave it a higher priority and read it immediately.