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Review: Missing

Hello friends and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a good week so far! Today I’m going to be posting my review of Kelley Armstrong’s novel, Missing.

Missing

Missing by: Kelley Armstrong: When Winter finds a body in the forest, she uses her medical instincts to try and save the boy. But when he goes missing again, and his brother comes looking for him, the two team up to try and find him. The deeper they dig, the more they realize this is much bigger than just this missing boy, people from her town, Reeve’s End, have gone missing for a specific reason. This novel was definitely fast-paced and action packed, but it also felt like it lacked in certain aspects too. For the most part, this was a good psychological thriller and really had the reader invested and entertained. The layers of the plot were weaved together well, but the way the author tried to connect them all just didn’t work quite well because by the end, the reader was still left wondering why and what was the point. This was a good starting point for anyone who hasn’t read an Armstrong novel before; readers who know Armstrong’s work will probably be disappointed by this one. Armstrong is known for her well-crafted plots and deeply developed characters but we didn’t really get that here. Instead, we’re left trying to piece together this mystery, when we don’t have all the players to start. New characters continue to be introduced all the way through the novel, and the actual person who’s done everything is kinda thrown out of left field and feels more like an afterthought than a well thought out plan. Then there are the characters, who the reader just couldn’t get into. They felt so surface level and stereotypical, like Armstrong didn’t think too hard when she was creating them. It left it hard to connect with these basic characters. The fact that there was also a huge insta-love plot on top of the mystery, thriller plot, just deterred from the story and really wasn’t needed. The two main characters could have worked together without falling for one another. This wasn’t a bad novel, there was still good elements and it was highly captivating because the reader became invested enough to want to see how it would all play out, but this could have been so much better.

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