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Published by Random House Children's Books on April 18, 2017
Genres: Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher via Netgalley
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The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.
The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.
But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?
Much like I’ve previously stated about Becca Fitzpatrick, Kelley Armstrong has found her home in YA thrillers. Again like with Fitzpatrick, I had enjoyed previous books by Kelley Armstrong but it never could have prepared me for the on-the-edge-of-my-seat rollercoaster-without-a-seatbelt feeling I experienced reading missing. Very few books I’ve read recently have had me playing a guessing game and this was one of them. I couldn’t quite grasp how deeply the mystery was woven to figure out who was good, who was bad, and who lived on the gray line in between.
The characters were so well written, so well balanced. I both loved them and hated them at times, and that is the greatest compliment I can give a book – it had me exhibiting real emotions. I cannot wait to tell everyone I know to pick up a copy of this novel. Lately it’s been so hard for YA readers to find wonderfully thrilling novels like the ones authors such as Mary Kubica produce for adult fiction, but with this latest influx in authors like Kelley taking the plunge I feel like that is starting to change for the better. If you’re looking for a book that truly keeps a vice-like grip on you til the final page, one where you honestly have to shirk all responsibility until you finish it, Missing by Kelley Armstrong is for you.