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5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely excellent!
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2021
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say I have a new author to follow. This was the epitome of the psychological thriller! 😎
5.0 out of 5 starsGeordie was last seen at school.
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021
I liked this story of a nice family. It is a thriller with twist and turns, you can't put the book down. Caitlin is Geordies step mom. His mom was killed in a hit and run accident years before. They were happy and having a 6 birthday party for Geordie, with all of the family. The next day Caitlin took Geordie to school and that was the last he was seen. Someone took Geordie. You have to read. I recommend it to you. I love thrillers like this one. I'm off to find more to read.
This is a good book. Caitlin is a frustrating main character, because I liked her but also wanted to scream at her for the secrets she's keeping and her tendency to do the worst possible thing at the worst possible time, but she's a good mother and I can tell she really loves her kid and her husband. I didn't see the twist in this book coming, which is a surprise because I usually have these things figured out right away, but the book was definitely engaging and held my interest the whole way through. Well worth checking out.
So glad I started this on a weekend morning. The story grabbed me right away. So many secrets. Families split apart as everyone is trying to find a six year old boy kidnapped from school. The kidnappers intention was for good reason. This was a very good story. I will most certainly be reading more from this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely unable to put it down.
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
I thought I had it figured out so many times, but every time another twist proved me wrong. Loved the story. Just kept reading. Dusting and vacuuming were put on hold till I finished. Well worth reading. Keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end!
This book is so good. I read a lot of books. This genre is my favorite. I can figure out the end most of the time but not this book. Lots of twists and turns. It was definitely unputdownable. I read it straight through. The characters are very well developed and believable. The dialogue flows freely and smoothly. The editing is pretty clean. I did find a few grammatical errors, but not enough to affect the story. The storyline was very unique. I will read more from this author. Amazing writer.
Missing Child by Patricia Macdonald is about husband and wife Noah & Caitlin, and his son Geordie, his child from first marriage to Emily who was killed in an accident a few years before.
The morning after Gerodie’s birthday party, where all the extended family are introduced, Caitlin drops Geordie off at school and rushes in behind him to see a school project he’d been working on. Except Caitlin doesn’t see him again. Geordie doesn’t register for class, and by the end of the day he’s officially a missing child.
Caitlin is distraught, obviously.
In chapters that follow Caitlin is running around pointing fingers and throwing accusations at people without any proof. Noah blames her and essentially their marriage breaks down and she’s forced to leave the family home, where she’s free to play detective until her hearts content.
A lot of Caitlin’s actions are head scratching, as is the police involvement. There were a lot of possible suspects unquestioned. Cell tower origins were left unchecked, instead the detective chose to concentrate on finding out who bought a burner phone in a city that was hundreds of miles away from the actual crime. Family secrets that were meant to shock, left me shaking my head and the reason for Geordie’s disappearance seemed way over the top and completely unavoidable.
I felt the last quarter of the book was rushed and I struggled to warm to Caitlin. Noah’s character lacked depth and could’ve had more story time since this was about HIS biological missing son, instead the author focused more on the step-mom. I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either, it was an okay one time read.
I really good story of two girls and their struggles in a life of poverty, and the dreadful conditions they lived in. Families that all lived in one room, if they were lucky if it had a fire to cook on. No plumbing, you got water from a pump in the yard. Only one toilet for several houses no drains. I hope there is a sequel .