Welcome to the first stop on THE MISSING PLACE blog tour for Sophie Littlefield.
About The Book + Review
The Missing Place
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Twenty-year-old Taylor Jarvis and Paul Carroll go missing in Weir, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Oasis Energy. The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a ?man camp? providing room and board. The mothers of the two boys come to Weir to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance. Shay Jarvis, a 41-year-old single grandmother, has more grit than resources; for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Carroll, the opposite is true. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each other's methods and motivations - but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their sons? employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.
I was absolutely blown away by THE MISSING PLACE. From it’s beautiful writing, to the characters that perfectly balance each other out – it was amazing start to finish.
I’ll be honest – at first I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did. I was, as I normally am when I read Fiction, a little worried that I won’t be able to identify with the characters enough to really dig my claws in, and latch on. The book takes place in North Dakota, which is basically the most boring state in the world. I know this because I live next to it. And it was centered around two young men who worked on an oil rig. Now I don’t have anything against oil rigs, or really North Dakota..it’s not really North Dakota’s that it’s boring after all…I was just a bit worried.
What made me grab this book, if I was a apprehensive? Well, firstly have you seen this cover? It almost looks like it’s upside down – but it’s not. Also, I had heard phenomenal things about Sophie Littlefield (more on this later), and it was about 2 missing boys. Mystery + great author + killer cover = GIMMIE THAT BOOK!
I can’t tell you how totally the book pulled me in. When I set it down, all I thought about was the book. What was going to happen, when it would happen. Were the boys alive? That character seemed sketchy…right? The mystery unfolds slowly, almost as if it’s teasing you. Sophie Littlefield drops the hints to the mystery like bread crumbs leading you into the woods.
You need not like oil rigs, or North Dakota to love THE MISSING PLACE. You just need to love a good mystery and amazing writing. I am so happy that this book is apart of my library now and I will be picking up Sophie Littlefields others books, ASAP!
Praise for The Missing Place
“Littlefield maximizes the emotional impact of her character-driven cautionary tale.”
“Really good read. Readers will admire the tenacity of the lead characters…to find strength and answers together.” –Fitness Magazine
“The excellent writing will keep readers engrossed and unwilling to put the book down.”
–RT Book Reviews
About The Author
Sophie Littlefield is the Edgar-nominated author of more than two dozen novels, who grew up in rural Missouri. The mother of two grown children, she now makes her home in northern California. Visit her website at sophielittlefield.com.
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