Missing Me concludes the trilogy of tense teen thrillers that began with Girl Missing (2006) and Sister Missing (2011). Sophie McKenzie’s many thousands of fans are in for another treat.
Previously, the central character has been Lauren. Resolute, quick thinking and brave, she has been put through all sorts of dangers and trials, first as she sought to discover the truth about her family background, then when that family needed protecting.
In Missing Me, set six years after the end of Sister Missing, Lauren’s little sister Madison takes centre stage. Quiet and shy as a child, Madison – Mo – grows up fast in this book. It opens with two jaw-dropping revelations, one of which concerns the girls’ family history. Searching for information, Madison finds herself caught up in a dark criminal world and it’s soon clear that she has all the integrity, resolve and courage of her big sister.
Once again, the plot proceeds at tremendous pace, as twists and surprises come apace and chapters end – once literally – on a cliff-hanger! McKenzie’s plotting is first-rate however and she keeps tight control of the story. What’s more, amongst all the chases and the narrow escapes, there is time for moments of reflection and for the characters to develop.
It’s hard to imagine a reader, keen or reluctant, who won’t be completely caught up in this excellent thriller.
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