From the author of The Three, coming soon to your screen as a major BBC adaptation by Golden Globe winner Peter Straughan. The unmissable new thriller from Sarah Lotz, author of The Three and The White Road.
They are a group of misfits who go online for fun. Their hobby is giving names to the missing dead. But a killer is online with them, and his game is in deadly earnest....
Shaun Ryan's brother, Teddy, died in 1989. Only he didn't. Looking through his grievously ill mother's personal effects, Shaun finds a postcard that Teddy posted from New York, dated October 22nd 1990. And in his mother's family Bible is a picture of an adult Teddy. Could Teddy somehow be alive? And how do you find someone who has never been declared missing and who vanished nearly 30 years ago?
Missing-linc.com are an oddball assortment of geeks and obsessives whose macabre hobby is matching unidentified bodies with missing people. Ellie Caines' first and biggest case was The Boy in the Dress, a corpse found not 10 miles from where she lived in Minnesota, two years after Teddy's postcard. Her obsession nearly broke her marriage and she left the group - but when the Ryans' enquiry is passed on to her she knows they have likely matched the missing Teddy with that decades-old corpse. And that she will be sucked back into the old nightmare, where the dead are more real than the living.
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- Kevin Boone
Not as good as The Three, but still good
Sarah Lotz hasn't written many books (not under that name, anyway), but the few she has written are excellent. Missing Person explores the murky world of 'websleuthing', and has a cast of weird by strangely believable characters. The tension is maintained right up to the end, and there are a number of surprises in the plot along the way. Missing Person lacks the pervasive weirdness that makes The Three so compelling, and there are no supernatural undercurrents, for better or worse. However, it's still a better book than almost anything I've read this year. Having different narrators to carry the points of view of different characters is a nice touch.