Prejudice, murder, insanity, suicide: Every small town has its secrets.
When Kameron McBride receives notice she's the last living relative of a missing man she's never even heard of, the last thing she wants to do is head to some half-baked Oregon town to settle his affairs. But since she's the only one available, she grudgingly agrees.
En route, she and her rental car run afoul of a couple of hillbillies and their pickup in an accident that doesn't seem...accidental. Especially when they keep showing up wherever she goes. Lucky for her, gorgeous Deputy Mitch Caldwell lends her a hand, among other things. Her suspicions increase when she meets the probate judge, and he tries just a little too hard to buy the dead man's worthless property.
Kam probes deeper into the town's secrets and finds almost no one she can trust. With Mitch's help, she peels away the layers of prejudice, suicide, murder, and insanity. Kam must find out what really happened to her dead relative before someone in this backward little town sends her to join him.
And she thought Oregon was going to be boring.
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Not a nice place for a city girl.
Clever plot twists
I don't often read murder mysteries, so it's difficult to find a comparison. I was originally drawn to the book because of the eastern Oregon setting, an area I am both familiar with and fond of. The setting contributes a lot to the story, the characterizations are good and the twists and turns of the plot kept me guessing to the end. Very well done.
I first read this as a print book, so when I came to the audio book, I had some preconceived notions about how the characters should sound. Lisa Baarns' interpretation of Kam McBride almost exactly matched the voice I heard in my head while first reading the book. The other characters were also quite believable, with each character voice distinctive enough that I always knew who was speaking. A thoroughly enjoyable performance.
- Amazon Customer
This was a very quick listen and one that I would recommend for days you just want to be entertained. Although I could not relate to the main character Kameron, there were moments that are just raw female.
Missing, Assumed Dead feels like a short story, with rambling internal monologues and extraneous scenic details edited out.
It is a mystery, but a mystery that follows the formula with exactitude. Some may find the plot predictable, but with decent writing Marva Dasef makes the story an enjoyable flow.
The romance is not stilted or forced. Although Mitch feels like an old-fashioned stereotype, he fits into the story and Kameron’s life easily.
Missing, Assumed Dead is a fast paced beach read.
- A. Sines