Review: The Missing by Shiloh Walker

Publication Date: November 4th, 2008
Berkley Sensation
Format: Paperback, 313 Pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
Her psychic gift drove away the man she loved and years later has drawn him back to her
As a teenager, Taige Branch hated her psychic gift. No one could understand, except for Cullen Morgan, the boy who stole her heart. He did his best to accept her, until his mother was brutally murdered, and he couldn’t forgive Taige for not preventing it.
Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. But what brings her back into his life is another tragedy. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her. Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can’t help but wonder whether, if they find his daughter in time, it isn’t too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them

I inadvertently bought The Departed without knowing that it was a part of a series. I didn’t want it to be BDB all over again where I bought the eighth book of the series first without realizing that there were already seven books published ahead of it. I had to make sure I wasn’t going to make the same mistake again. The synopsis of the book sounded fantastic so I ordered it right away. I had high hopes that its entirety would just be as gripping and you know what? The Missing did not disappoint. I was hooked from the very first sentence.

I’m not going to bother you with my own interpretation of the blurb. If the little summary of this book didn’t pique your interest at all, then this book might not be for you. I, on the other hand, have always had a penchant for stories of destined love – not the paranormal type of destiny where your past lives were connected but just two people who are just meant to be type of love. Cullen and Taige had that kind and it’s a double win because their story spanned over the years with most of them spent in separation. Yet, through all the years the connection between them wasn’t severed. Their minds are attuned to each other by way of strange bouts of visitations through their dreams.

This book dealt with a lot of disturbing, dark themes. Be prepared to read some pretty uncomfortable, distressing situations. There were also a lot of gore and some pretty explicit sexual scenes. I haven’t read any of Shiloh Walker’s work but I do have some of her books. I didn’t realize they were on the side of erotica until I read this (sorry! I’ve been buried in YA books that I’m unfamiliar with Shiloh’s work). By the time I finished The Missing, Ms. Walker have garnered another fan in me.

Although Taige’s ability is the major draw of this book, I’m still resolved that the riveting romance was the first and foremost. I enjoyed reading about their love, heartbreak and eventual reunion. I always found third person POV to be quite tasking that I sometimes find myself bored with a story told in this method. This book, however, had my full attention. Because it’s a psychological thriller, I found myself focused on every single word. I didn’t want to miss a thing and I wanted to be able to solve the murders. The only complaint I have is the lack of suspects, which I think is an important element to a good mystery novel. In here, the eventual killer was someone I did not suspect just because there wasn’t any clue at all that he was the one doing the kidnappings and killings. You can argue that this is the best attribute of a mystery novel but I digress. It felt like this aspect was not developed properly.

In summary, The Missing was a fantastic read. It’s got an enthralling romance and gripping suspense that will have you by the nose until you get to the end of the story. The only thing that worries me is the lag of time between publication. This was published in 2008 and its sequel was just recently released. I don’t think I have the patience to wait that long!

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