Jenny Shepherd is twelve years old and missing….
Her teacher, Sarah Finch, knows better than most that the chances of finding her alive are diminishing with every day she is gone.
As a little girl her older brother had gone out to play one day and never returned. The strain of never knowing what has happened to Charlie had ripped Sarah’s family apart. Now in her early twenties, she is back living at home, trapped with a mother who drinks too much and keeps her brother’s bedroom as a shrine to his memory.
Then, horrifically, it is Sarah who finds Jenny’s body, beaten and abandoned in the woods near her home. As she’s drawn into the police investigation and the heart of a media storm, Sarah’s presence arouses suspicion too. But it not just the police who are watching her....
©2010 Jane Casey (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
Jane Casey is an evocative writer. Her Maeve Kerrigan series has allowed her to develop her regular characters. I wanted to read something else by Jane Casey and while the story didn't disappoint me the narration made it really difficult to listen to. The representation of the protagonist was great but the narration made the other characters seem patronising and shallow, especially the men.
"Not author's best work"
I found the story weak and disliked the main character intensely. Although the narrator portrays some female characters well, she uses ridiculous voices for others which I found distracting. I'm afraid the male voices were even worse. I wouldn't recommend using a credit on this audio book.
"Good Story. "
Good story, with an unexpected twist in the tail, but really didn't like the narration with dreadful affected accents for many of the characters.
I really enjoyed this book even if sometimes I found the main character a bit annoying. The person reading is brilliant, clear and well paced with a fantastic ability to change tone and accent, she really enhanced the story for me and kept me gripped to the end.
"Great book spoiled ......"
A brilliant read but, dear oh dear the narrator was so annoying. She tried and failed miserably to use different voices for the different characters.Almost gave up several times.
"Writing not very good"
No. The narrator's voice was very young and considering she is supposed to be an educated woman and teacher she was pathetic.
The story line was not believeable. Narrator was conveniently talking to all the characters without the police and solved the mystery by herself. If she had been drawn as an intelligent person it might have been believeable.
It was okay. I think it was the story that didn't help her young voice sound convincing.
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"The Missing - A great find"
I found this book while brousing for an author I have not tried yet and wasn't disappointed. The plot had many twists but were not too complicated to follow, It was well written and I felt drawn into the feelings of the main character. Penelope Rawlins is a fantastic narrator and I love the way she can change her voice from adult to child as the book jumps back and forth in time. I enjoyed every minute.
once again i am not disappointed, another brilliant storyline
can't wait for the next great story
"Kept me gripped despite annoying main character and infuriating & inappropriate comedy character voices from narrater."
Very entertaining thriller with plenty of great plot twists and subplots spoiled somewhat by the protagonist who was unfathomably stupid and just plain weird at times and hard to empathise with. Fabulous performance from narrator who showed such great range and depth but then threw it all away with a large selection on novelty comedy character voices which jarred greatly and spoiled the brooding tension. I expect this was down to the producer/director as without these awful hammy "guest appearances " it would have been a truly captivating 5 star plus read and amazing audio book despite the irritating and repressed Ms Finch. Worth a listen though and head and shoulders above many of the disappointing, slapdash pot boilers which seem to predominate the thriller market these days.
"Great story but character voices irritating"
Love this standalone Jane Casey story. Interesting and makes you think of the long lasting effects on those left behind when children go missing. Not fast moving but I enjoyed it.
Penelope Rawlins has a lovely voice and when just reading the story she is great. however, every character she acted had really annoying irritating voices. I realise the voices have to be distinctive to make it easy to identify who you are listening to but none except the lead had normal tones. It really grated.
"A good story, spoiled by dodgy narration!"
The main character, Sarah Finch, was narrated well, both as an adult and as a child. However, the other voices had pretty ridiculous qualities, especially the men. Unfortunately, that was very distracting. If not for the need to know what happened next, I would not have persevered. The editing also left a little to be desired. e.g. breaks part way through a sentence, coming back with a different tone!
Unlike the other books from this excellent author, I did have to suspend disbelief a little. The Police procedure could surely not be accurate. That withstanding, the story was absorbing and bounced along.
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