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The Missing Half (2013)

by Brooke Powley(Favorite Author)
3.96 of 5 Votes: 4
1492216968 (ISBN13: 9781492216964)
review 1: "The Missing Half" by Brooke Powley is a powerful literary gem that deals with the tragic issue of child abduction.At age 2 one of two twins is abducted in Cornwall and for ten years her mother campaigns and fights for publicity and police action to find her missing daughter, never giving up.The book is written in several narratives, adding multiple dimensions to the search and the story. It would be difficult to give away too much without spoiling the experience of the book.At the beginning of the book it is mainly the mother, Alice, who writes to her missing daughter and tells her exactly how the tragedy occurs and what happens immediately afterwards.The account is moving, honest and includes a lot of statistical and basic information on child abduction. We learn about t... morehe ordeal and the many psychological aspects of the unique situation.Later on different narratives bring in more perspectives and add extra dimensions to the story and the book reads like a psychological thriller, although I would say for the majority it reads like great literary fiction.This book is an excellent but somewhat emotional experience, often very sad and melancholic, so keep the tissues handy, but definitely worth the time. It is thought provoking and an amazing literary debut.
review 2: Brooke Powley's début novel, "The Missing Half," tells the story of how a whole family's life turns upside down following the disappearance of two-year-old Grace from outside a shop in their seaside town. The first part of the story is told from the point of view of Grace's mother Alice as she speaks to her missing daughter. However it is about half way through the book when we find out what actually happened to Grace on that fateful day that the story gets really exciting and I was hurriedly turning the pages, wanting to find out what was going to happen next.Without wanting to give anything away, I especially loved the ending as I felt the story really came full circle and the pay-offs for all the characters were inspired. I would recommend this book to fans of Diane Chamberlain and look forward to reading more of Brooke's books in the future. less
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I read this book really fast because it was so good. A real page turner.
I had to keep reminding myself this was a story.. Couldn't put it down!
I enjoyed this book. story kept me wanting to find out what happened
A real page turner - found it hard to put down
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