Published by Self-Published Pages: 120
Review Copy Provided By: Author
Where am I?
Days bleed into one another and I know that I’m trapped. A prisoner.
I have no answers and no one to give them to me. Only the silence and the dark.
Except for the song.
The words tell a story that I wish I could forget.
About a girl who didn’t run fast enough.
A forgotten girl…
A lost girl…
A girl no one would miss…
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5 Confusing Stars
WOAH! What the hell did I just read? I love a good mystery/thriller! And there is nothing better than ending the book having absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. And really, I do not. While, I may have a theory – or 100, I am completely lost. That isn’t a bad thing, to me that is FANTASTIC! I love that I have no idea which way is up or down.
As I started this review, I went back to look at my notes and highlights. I was shocked to see that I had highlighted this 120 page book more than any other book I have ever read! That is not an exaggeration! I have 140 highlights for a 120 page book!
First, I think everyone who reads my reviews knows I am a huge Walters fan. So it goes without saying that I would jump at the chance to read any book she puts out. I love the way she strings words together, the lyrical way in which they fit. The plot and characters are always so well thought out and beautifully written, that I lose myself in them. These three elements keep my emotions on edge, always at the ready.
This book was no exception. her lyrical prose was ever present:
“We took from each other what we needed. We left nothing behind for anyone else.
“He drank me dry. I ate him whole.”
Emotions? Feelings? Ya, I felt, ANGER …a lot of it. You see, Nora was born unto a horrid excuse for a mother! A woman whose expectations for physical beauty were put above her parental responsibility and when her daughter, Nora was born with an “imperfection” her mother treated her like an abomination:
“No, Nora. You looked awful before. You are decidedly less awful now. Ugly. But not awful.”
Her mothers obsession with beauty caused her to take in a foster child, one so beautiful that, Rosie wormed her way into Nora’s mother’s heart. Becoming the daughter Nora never was, fulfilling the hole Nora’s mother created. But Rosie was not as beautiful on the inside as she was on the out and soon Nora learned that trying to be her sister was futile.
“Get the fuck out of my room,” Rosie said,
“I just wanted to see if you wanted to watch TV-”
“Why in the hell would I want to do anything with you?”
“I’m just trying to be nice.”
“I don’t need you to be nice to me. Get your nasty face out of here.”
Nora lived a life of hiding at home. She hid in her room, hid around corners and observed life around her. She covered her face with her hair. She tried to stay out of everyone’s way, to be invisible. It was best that way.
“Make no noise. Stay locked away. Don’t let them know I’m here.”
The same with school, social situations were horrifying because of the way she looked, or the way she perceived she looked, thanks to her mom and “foster sister”. She had a best friend, Bradley. He was a wild card. Hot tempered, possessive and overly protective of Nora, he was living with his own demons. While we don’t exactly know what those are (yet), I have my suspicions. He hated seeing Nora hurt or upset and when that happened, he wanted to “take care” of the situation.
One day, while needing a break from life, Nora ventures to a park where she meets a beautiful woman with whom she strikes a friendship – Maren Digby. Maren plays guitar and Nora enjoys her music and company. They seem to be on the verge of a great friendship.
I say verge because we don’t really know what happened. The book begins with Nora Gilbert being held captive. She is locked in a room. By herself. She quickly runs out of the water that was left for her as well as the little food. She remembers everything that led up to her disappearance, but not what happened to lead her to that room. Nothing. Ms. Walters gives us glimpses into Nora’s world by going back in time as Nora remembers things. Such as you might imagine would happen in a movie. The way the memories are fed to us are trickles of information that just barely whet your appetite. They make you wonder, guess, and in my case, GO CRAZY with speculation. Who took Nora? And then, she begins to “hear” noises… but is she really hearing them? Or is she going insane while in that room? GAH, I DON’T KNOW! And WHY? Why did they take her? Was it jealousy, anger, to protect her, hide her away? Or something entirely different?
“People failed you. It was the only constant thing in life. You couldn’t rely on others. They let you down every time.”
Please Ms. Walters, don’t let me down! I.NEED.VOLUME II – LIES.NOW.
The Missing – a three part psychological thriller series from A. Meredith Walters writing as A.M. Irvin.
Volume I- Illusions
Volume II- Lies
Volume III- Truth
– Readers can learn more about The Missing as well as gather clues and information about the upcoming series throughout the summer by visiting the Find Nora website!