Twenty-five years later, Darby is a crime-scene investigator for the Boston Police Department. When a young woman is abducted from her home in the middle of the night, Darby finds an unexpected witness: a woman dressed in rags hiding behind garbage cans kept underneath the back porch of the victim's house. The woman is dangerously malnourished and is so distraught, so terrified, she believes she is still locked inside a dark prison cell, and that Darby is one of her fellow prisoners.
Darby's investigation reveals that the woman, Rachel Swanson, has been missing for more than five years. And there are others. As Darby tries to get Rachel to talk about the other missing women and the horrors she endured, the killer known as Traveler is brought to light. As the race to find him heats up, Darby finds herself trying to unravel forensic clues about the case while attempting to uncover the existence of a killer who has eluded the police and FBI for more than two decades. A killer who, years ago, introduced Darby to violence and death. A killer who will use every means necessary to protect himself and to keep the missing women from ever being found.
A breathless, gripping read from beginning to end, The Missing is an unforgettable story about a courageous woman whose past has literally come back to haunt her. Told with tremendous style at a breakneck pace, this is thriller writing at its best.
©2007 Chris Mooney; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"I devoured The Missing in one greedy, breathless sitting. This is a scary, breakneck ride with thrills that never let up." (Tess Gerritsen)
"The Missing is the season's most unrelenting thriller. It will keep readers enthralled from its gripping opening chapters to its last shocking page." (George Pelecanos)
"The Missing is an absolutely gripping mix of suspense and mystery. Chris Mooney is a wonderful writer and in his hands this story is compelling, thrilling, and touching." (Michael Connelly)
I was looking for a tidy little thriller for entertainment and found a gem. It's a fast paced listen and, while I guessed the "bad guy" fairly early on, it still had plenty of twists and turns that made it entertaining to the very end. I particularly liked that there was a minimum of "soap opera" tangents into the personal lives of the characters.
I was disappointed that there are no other Chris Mooney titles to go to next but when there are, I'll be giving them a listen too.
I like looking to see what books others have enjoyed - nothing's worse than buying a book that makes you want to throw it through the window. This book is a great case for reading reviews. Like others, I found Missing to be 100% entertaining. The characters are multi faceted and the suspense frequently bone chilling. Kept me absorbed from beginning to end. The ending was an unexpected and absorbing surprise. If you like suspense this is definitely worth the time ... and the money.
If you read alot of mysteries and thrillers, you will likely know who the villian is relatively early on. Oddly enough, that fact did not ruin the book for me. There was enough interest along the way to stay with it and I was happy to find that there was an unexpected twist at the end.
I'd never seen anything by this author, but wanted something relatively short and interesting. I found this book to be one of those I couldn't put down. Even though I had guessed who the bad guy was, it did not take away from this book at all. I especially liked the fact that I was able to be surprised by the ending! I will be looking for the next book by this author, and adding the name to my list of favorites.
Great suspense novel in every way!! Great plot, characters, increasing suspense, and well thought out ending. I look for great things in the future for this author. Narrator also does an excellent job as well. In my top 20 in the genre. (I have over 300 audible listens).
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
I stumbled on this series by accident. One of the best I've read in awhile.
Big Time!!!! It kept me guessing the whole time.
She was fantastic!
Some secrets are best left unsaid.
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
I enjoyed this book, but I wasn't hooked or engrossed in the story. The story had its good points, but I would pass on this one.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
The narrating was very good, and the story kept me intersted all the way through.....
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
Not only were these "bad guys" extremely wicked, they were continually wicked in many convoluted ways. Parts were unbelievable. One character changes his name and identity and skates right under the nose of the FBI for decades. Yet these extremely violent and brutally sadistic men, instead of simply destroying a potential witness, spend decades in a detailed and tiring pattern of psychological torture. I realize there were two murderers, but to find them both complicit in very different MO's seemed unlikely and unnecessary. I really liked the main character, but the plot is so intimately tied to her life, family and history that I am not sure the author could make this anything but a stand alone book.
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