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Missing Persons

A novel by Clare O'Donohue

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Well-written, realistic mystery novel that will especially appeal to true crime fans

  • Jun 10, 2011
"Missing Persons" is a fast-paced, well-written mystery. Actually, there's several mysteries: how did Kate's husband die, what happened the the missing girl that she's producing a TV episode about, and who is trying to scare Kate? The mystery wasn't predictable--in a good way--and was handled more like these things would occur in real life. And while there were plenty of clues, I never felt certain about the "whodunit" until after the reveal.

The characters were realistic, varied, and complex. They dealt with realistic struggles about life not ending up like they had expected. Vivid details about her job as a freelance TV episode producer for Crime TV and about the people brought the story alive in my imagination. I would become so immersed in the story that I lost all track of time, and I had a hard time setting the book down even when I really needed to. I felt like this story really could have happened, and I plan on re-reading it someday.

There was a minor amount of bad language. There were no sex scenes. From the book description, I wasn't sure I'd like the story, but I did. Overall, I'd highly recommend this very well-written book.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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June 11, 2011
Sounds like a fun mystery! Thanks for the recommendation!
June 11, 2011
I'm hosting a giveaway for this book on my blog at http://genrereviews.blogspot.com/2011/06/giv...g-persons-by-clare.html if you're interested in trying to win it. :)
June 17, 2011
I finally got around to entering the contest. Thanks so much! I'll tweet the information too. I sent you my request via my Twitter account. :)
June 20, 2011
Yup, got your entry, and now I'm following you on Twitter. Unfortunately, you didn't win the giveaway.
June 28, 2011
That's ok. You win some you lose some. Thanks for following me on Twitter, BTW. I'll be sure to return the favor! :)
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Kate Conway's husband--soon-to-be ex-husband--is dead of what appears to be a heart attack. Initially, his family blames the stress of the divorce proceedings--and Kate, though Frank was the one who was having an affair and who started the divorce. But since Frank was healthy and had no heart problems, the police start looking into it as a suspicious death. If it turns out to be murder, it's clear they think Kate is a prime suspect. To make matters worse--and weirder--the woman Frank was having an affair with suddenly wants to be friends with Kate.

So when she's offered a new freelance TV producer assignment on a series called Missing Persons, it's a welcome distraction. Kate eagerly throws herself into the story of Theresa Moretti, a seemingly angelic young woman who disappeared a year earlier. All Kate wants is a heart-tugging story on tape that will earn her future work, but apparently someone feels threatened by the questions she's asking: a dead bird is left for her and other strange things occur designed to scare her. Or is that connected with her husband's death? She's not sure, but she's certain she wants it to stop. The only way to do that is to keep digging for the truth...
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ISBN-10: 0452297060
ISBN-13: 9780452297067
Author: Clare O'Donohue
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Plume / Penguin Books
Date Published: May 31, 2011
ISBN: 9780452297067
Format: trade paperback
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