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.
"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.
"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.
I really struggled to finish this. The narrator's overacting was so disturbing. Her impersonation of children made me think of German TV advertisements for Kinder Chocolates. I will try to remember her name, so that I don't buy an audio book with this narrator.
Not the best book by Jane Casey.
"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.
"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.
Why does Audible think we have to have questions to answer in order to write a review.
"A riveting tale"
A young girl of 12 goes missing and her 24 year old teacher understands more than most the anguish of the parents as her brother also disappeared many years before, never to be found. The heroine becomes more and more involved in the investigation until the resolution of both affairs. In the cold light of day the story might be considered a touch far-fetched but the power of the narration - it is told through the first person of the teacher draws you into her world and her thoughts. As always with Jane Casey there is a smattering of grim humour too.
The narrator had a very convincing voice for the young teacher and the younger characters in general but her attempts at voices for the middle-aged characters and male voices could be irritating. Apart from that she reads exceptionally well.
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