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Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?
Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry's former girlfriend, and Perry's best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.
Lydia and Walker know they didn't have anything to do with Perry's death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship: one that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.
©2012 Shelley Shepard Gray (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 12-04-12

Just couldn't get into it...

The formula and setting for the story had great potential and could have been amazing, but it didn't deliver for me. Although I enjoyed the Amish setting, and a lot of the situations presented could have been delightful. I hate it when you "head hop" jumping around from character to character knowing what everyone is thinking and why, along with every conversation. Felt like the book had a lot of internal inconsistancies, redundance and extensive build-up for a trite resolution. I kept thinking... is the editor asleep?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bettikins on 08-18-13


If you could sum up Missing in three words, what would they be?

curious, upsetting, shocking

What was one of the most memorable moments of Missing?

The shocking, accidental discovery of a murdered Amish boy.

Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne Flagler – was your favorite?

Can't say I have a favorite, but the narrator does such a good job that you always can sense which character is speaking.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The murder that rocked the Amish community

Any additional comments?

This book is part of a trilogy, so you are left wanting more. I love Amish books and the interesting way in which the Amish survive amongst the Englishers. I never seem to weary of the contrasts and the attraction of one to the other. It's intriguing, too, to witness how the older Amish generations guide the youngsters, but there is no leniency...if they don't follow the Amish "ways", the are "shunned". I find it amazing that families will ostracize their own children...I can't understand how one could turn away from one's child. Strict love, more like God's tough love.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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