Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Review: The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield

Colleen and Shay are about as different as two women can be. Colleen is a wealthy woman from Massachusetts, who uses money to get whatever she wants. Shay is an unsophisticated woman from California who uses her looks and tough demeanor to get what she wants. These two women are thrown together when their sons, who were working on an oil rig in North Dakota, go missing. They realize they have to work together to find their boys, since no one else seems to want to help.

The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield is a mystery that explores the lengths two mothers will go to in order to find their children. When they start digging around, they realize the oil company has been implicated in several accidents and injuries that have been covered up. They start to wonder if the company did something to their boys to keep them quiet. There's also a question as to whether the boys just took off, since the work is hard and some men just can't cut it.

I enjoyed the mystery aspect of The Missing Place, and was glad that the truth of the boys' disappearance wasn't obvious until the women learn about it themselves. The characters seemed real and I found myself caring about both mothers as they tried to find their sons. There were some aspects of the story, though, that didn't tie together so well. And there were quite a few loose ends that weren't tied up at the end of the novel. This wasn't too bothersome to me, but if you're a reader who likes complete closure at the end of a novel, you won't get it here (although the mystery of the boys' disappearance is one aspect that is tied up well by the end).

Overall, it was an interesting mystery with a cold, harsh setting that Littlefield brought to life.

My Rating: 3.5/5

This review was written based on a copy of The Missing Place that I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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