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I Belong

Review: Missing by Kelley Armstrong


AuthorKelley Armstrong

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0399550348 (Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0399550348 (Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a new romantic thriller that will leave fans trembling for more.

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

Quick & Dirty: A mystery that was interesting but ultimately didn’t work for me.

Opening Sentence: “Twenty dollars an hour,” I say to the guy who’s stopped me as I head for Doc Southcott’s.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Winter will do anything to get out of the nowhere town of Reeves End! She has made a plan and just like most other kids in her town it means leaving and not coming back. The only thing she likes about her rugged mining town is the woods. But one day even her beloved woods become tainted when she finds a local boy left for dead!

It turns out her town is a lot more interesting and dangerous then she ever knew. It has left Winter questioning everything she has ever known and whether or not anyone actually left town at all!

I adored Winter because she was brave and smart, but it was really hard to like any of the other characters in the book. Winter in some ways made up for my lack of connecting with any of the other characters, but for me, secondary characters are really important and that lack of connection was a real struggle for me!

This story was really middle of the road for me.  It wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t really say it was good either! It was really slow paced and that made me start to lose interest in it. I kept putting it down to read something else that was catching my interest more. I did think the mystery was well done but I might have liked a little more foreshadowing because honestly, I got confused more than I liked. I do think the idea was intriguing and the author has great writing but overall, this just fell really flat for me. If you like Armstrong’s other books you may really enjoy this one or if you like slower paced mysteries you might enjoy it more than I did!

Notable Scene:

He’s dead. I’m sure of that now. With everything going on, he hasn’t even stirred.

As I lay my fingers on his neck, I get a better look at his face–inky black eyelashes against a pale cheek, dark stubble, arched brows, one split lip bitten under impossibly white teeth–and I have this bizarre urge to kiss those lips and see him wake, like Sleeping Beauty. Which proves I’m in a lot of pain and possibly hallucinating.


FTC Advisory: Penguin Random House provided me with a copy of Missing. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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