Rapidly Rising Heart Rate
Missing is a compulsive read. As the body count rises so does the reader’s heart rate. It is a cleverly constructed thriller with a very detailed plot line. It was impossible to guess the outcome.
Missing is also a study in grief. People respond to grief in different ways. They have to learn to live a new type of normal. “The years eased the heartache, smoothed out the edges a bit, but it never went away.” Living through grief means remembering past events with a smile on your lips. Your memories need to keep you warm. “Moving through grief doesn’t come by forgetting. You get through it by remembering.”
The past can teach us lessons if we let it. Wallowing in the past is never good. “Sometimes there’s nothing you can do but let the past go.”
There is the theme of guilt tied in to the theme of loss. “She wasn’t going to play the guilt game.” We can all feel guilty about past events but guilt isn’t helpful. Guilt comes from the enemy. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
God is important in the lives of the main characters. Nikki talks to God regularly. In times of crisis she quotes scripture reminding the reader that this is how we defeat the enemy by focusing on the promises of God. Even Jesus quoted scripture to the devil in the wilderness.
The main characters were all well drawn and realistic. I loved the character of Nikki. She was excellent at her job, committed, thorough and she had kindness too. Kindness is an important quality. It enabled her to put people at ease. There was a beautiful scene with her and six year old Liam as she calmed his bedtime fears.
Missing was the first book that I had read by Lisa Harris. She is an utterly brilliant writer. She has clearly either researched criminology or she has worked for the police. The story was intricate and well thought out. It all hung together well. I shall definitely be searching for more by Lisa Harris.
Highly recommended and utterly brilliant.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.