Monday, February 8, 2010

My Review of Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

I went into this book with high hopes. I'd heard so many great things about it--how gripping, how suspenseful, what a page turner. And I love a good read. But when I closed the book after finishing it, I have to admit I was a little disappointed.

Technically, Missing could have benefited from another round or two of editing. While I realize it's impossible to catch everything, two punctuation mistakes on the first page of chapter one were a little off-putting. I found a place or two where words were missing, making it difficult to decipher the meaning of a given sentence. Anything that disrupts my read like that tends to turn me off.

I like the main character, Stacie. She's engaging and believable to me. Though I felt the antagonist lacked depth and dimension. I found that particularly disturbing since we spent a large chunk of the book in her viewpoint. That said, I also didn't think it was necessary to be in so many characters' heads. The story could have been told better if the point of view had been limited to less than 4 characters.

I liked the storyline. I found it plausible and engaging. And I'd like to see what the author has in store for her next book. Any issues I had with Missing are easily overcome.

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