The Missing One

  • by Lucy Atkins
  • Narrated by Buffy Davies
  • 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In her gripping debut novel, Lucy Atkins takes us on one woman's journey to the beautiful and rugged Pacific Northwest to discover the dark secrets of her family's past so she can understand and accept herself. Kal McKenzie was never close to her mother, Elena, whose coldness toward her spoiled any chance of a good relationship. When Elena dies of cancer, Kal feels forlorn: How do you mourn a mother who, inexplicably, just didn't seem to love you?
While clearing out Elena's art studio, Kal finds a drawer packed with postcards, each bearing an identical one-line message from a Canadian gallery owner named Susannah Gillespie: "Thinking of you." Who is this woman, and might she hold the key to Kal's ruined relationship with her mother?
Conflicted by her grief and shaken up from recently seeing a covetous text from an old girlfriend on her husband's cell phone, Kal impulsively sets off with her toddler, Finn, to Susannah's home on a remote British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms.
Soon Kal quickly realizes she has made a big mistake. The striking and enigmatic Susannah will share only a few scraps of information about Elena. Kal discovers that her mother was a pioneering orca researcher--an activist trying to save the powerful and dangerous creatures.


What the Critics Say

"Lucy Atkins's engrossing debut immediately immerses the reader in intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
"Beautifully written and compelling...a wonderful thriller that is also such a strong portrayal of motherhood." (Sabine Durrant, author of Under Your Skin)
A Best of 2014 Books Pick
Best Mysteries of 2014 by The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Part mystery, part feminist tome, part story of parental love, part animal-rights narrative, The Missing One is like nothing I've read before...[a] poetic page turner." (The Plain Dealer)
"This novel is brilliantly gripping." (Closer)
"A moving and suspenseful tale of the secrets a family keeps." (Rachel Hore, author of The Silent Tide)
"A gripping page-turner." (The Sunday Times)
"A page-turning and suspenseful tale.... I read it in three sittings...a compelling emotional mystery." (Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Will be sure to recommend this one ... This had all the elements I enjoy most... Great story... Combination of adventure/quest and suspense.
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- K. Klineman

this story was boring too many boring details

Would you try another book from Lucy Atkins and/or Buffy Davies?


What could Lucy Atkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

cut out all the long boring details, main character i found to be very irritating and
quite dense.

Did Buffy Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes ok, but towards the end the lines blurred a bit, probably because i lost interest

Did The Missing One inspire you to do anything?

yes, to find out more about Orca's

Any additional comments?

It is the fist Audible book that i constantly felt i wanted to return & get my credit back!

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- Larry dove

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2015
  • Publisher: Quercus