The Missing – Lisa McMann: review

When it is over, We breathe and ache like old oak, like peeling birch. One of Our lost souls set free. We move, a chess piece in the dark room, cast iron legs a centimetre at a time, crying out in silent graffiti. Calling to Our next victim, Our next saviour. We carve on Our Face: 

Touch me. 
Save my soul.”
In the tiny town of Cryer’s Cross Kendall’s best friend and boyfriend goes missing. He’s not the first, just before the summer holidays another girl from the town went missing without a trace and as they never found her things aren’t looking good for Nico. Kendall struggles with the loss of her best friend, the stress of not knowing what is going on in her town and the disorder that she tries to keep a secret from her friends.

I loved this book. I devoured it! It would have been over in one sitting had I had a couple of hours free in a row to do so! It was haunting, so, so haunting and it was so well written! I didn’t want to put it down!
Kendall suffers from a disorder that she tries to keep a secret because so many people don’t understand it. We see her struggling with this right from the offset; you can really see the essence of the disorder coming through while she goes about her day to day tasks. It’s really this aspect of the book that makes it shine so well as it’s because of this that Kendall acts in the way she does.
It will be hard for anyone to lose their boyfriend but I never really saw Kendall and Nico’s relationship like that. It was a strange one for me as I know what its like to grow up in a small town, I know about the bonds that people make to each other and how they stay friends with people just because they are there. That’s how I saw Nico and Kendall’s relationship sounded to me. This was intensified when I learnt that Kendall was the only girl in her year group at school. Her character was so interesting because of these things though. She had her own personality shining through, there was never any moment where she acted like a typical girl and I loved her for this. I loved that she questioned when a guy opened a car door for her and even though she cried a bit, that’s alright, cos her best friend had gone missing! I also liked that although the narration wasn’t in Kendall’s voice you got a lot of her personality shining through, I can sometimes feel cut off from a character but this time I didn’t at all!
The plot of the book was incredible; I couldn’t stop reading because I was just so drawn in. I wanted the history behind what was going on and the questions that were buzzing around my head answered. In fact, I didn’t want them answered I needed them answered! It was really haunting and I did find myself getting a bit freaked out during parts of this book! It was one that I think if I was reading on my own late at night I would have been terrified of but its psychologically scary which I enjoy more than ARGH! Scary so it really pushed my buttons!
I also really loved the additional chapters that turned up periodically in the book. They added to the intense atmosphere already there, I loved that you got that side of the story as it were. (I’m trying desperately not to give anything away here!)
The only bad thing I can think of with this book is that I really prefer the American title and cover. It’s just so much better! The Missing makes it sound a bit like a crime type book whereas Cryer’s Cross makes more sense and I find the American cover so much more haunting and fitting for the book!
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good psychological thriller. Especially if you find yourself wanting a break from paranormal fiction but not something completely real-lifey! 
The Missing is Lisa McMann’s fourth young adult title. It was due for release on June 9th by Harper Collin’s Childrens Books, however has been released early by Tesco and amazon it would appear!!


  • scattered_laura

    Noooooo! I put this one back on the shelf when I was trying to choose which books to pick up in the buy one get one free offer that is on in Tesco…


  • Kristina

    Great review! I loved this book. I read it in two sittings, and I finished it right before I was going to go to sleep. This is something that I do not recommend! This book was so creepy and kept my heart racing the entire time!

  • Clover

    Thank you so much for sending this book to me! I’m thrilled that you loved it as much as you did, as it makes me more excited to get to it 🙂

    I really don’t like the title ‘The Missing’ and I haven’t even read the book yet!

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