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No Show a book

1 rating: 4.0
A Simon Wood Mystery/Thriller
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Where is Terry's "Wife"?

  • May 16, 2013

Terry is moving to the US from England to live with his American wife (Sarah).  When he arrives at the Airport, Sarah is nowhere to be found (thus a "no show").  After waiting a long time and failing to reach Sarah on her phone, Terry hops an airport bus to "their" home, which he has never been to before.  Trouble ensues immediately because Terry has no keys to the house and has to "break in" to get in.  He discovers that Sarah left the house abruptly, apparently several days prior because of the pile of unread mail.  To make matters worse, one of his overzealous "new" neighbors has called the police on him so he gets off on the wrong foot with the local authorities.

Terry's efforts to find his wife go in vain and he must report to work to start a new job, because the biotech firm that recently hired him, went through a lot to bring him to the states and insists that he must come to work.  He finds the new workplace very stand-offish and his new boss is a real "cold fish."  Effectively, Terry is stuck in a foreign country with a missing wife, a job he really doesn't like and only one friend (Oscar who he meets in a mini-golf arcade).  To compound matters, Sarah had no living family and those who worked with her barely knew her because she was a freelance reporter.

Wood does an excellent job keeping the story moving at a pretty fast pace and at deepening the mystery at every turn.  My problems with the story is the way that Terry marries Sarah (he met her on a vacation and married her after barely knowing anything about her) and how he decides to just leave everything in England and also, that he fails to share anything he later learns about Sarah with the police.  It is stil an above average thriller and I give it four stars.

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