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Title: Missing Rebecca Author: John Worsley Simpson
Publisher: Gollancz ISBN: 978-1475266603 Pages: 217 Series: N/A Type: Adult Mystery Source: Received for Review Goodreads
After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry despite knowing barely
anything about each other's backgrounds. A few short months after their wedding
in the middle of an afternoon shopping trip Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted
leaving a miriad of questions in her wake. Who would want to abduct Rebecca? Or
did she willingly disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Is Liam a
This is one of those books which sounds really interesting and you
can't wait to start reading. A whirlwind romance cut short when the girl
suddenly disappears, leaving her heartbroken husband to discover why? It sounded
exactly like the kind of book I'd love so I was disappointed when my enjoyment
fell short. I really struggled with the author's writing style which has long
sentences and chunks of dialogue where I had to keep checking who was
The character development was unusual in that it relied mostly on
info-dumping their pasts while failing really tell you who the characters were.
It was easy to see the facts of their life - the cop who joined the Marshals
rather than continue on to law school - but it didn't really show their
motivations. This meant I never really felt engaged with the characters and
didn't feel connected enough to be more than a little interested in why Rebecca
A big flaw in the book is that the romance between Rebecca
and Liam, the supposed driving force behind his desperation to find his wife, is
covered in a few paragraphs. A short while after her disappearance and he's
already calming talking about the possibility he was conned. For a whirlwind
romance I'd have expected his emotions to be a lot higher rather than the oddly
unemotional way he acts after the first couple of chapters.
I did enjoy
the mystery as it was cleverly written and packed with more twists and turns
than I thought could fit in a single book. The author has deftly created layer
upon layer of plot that undermines the reader's assumptions at every turn. The
drug industry angle was well handled, creating a believable manipulative force
underpining the central mystery. Unfortunately that was the only part I did
All in all this was an okay read but I'm not sure I'd read
anything else from this author.
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