Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Missing Ones” by Edwin Hill, Kensington, August 2019
Edwin Hill, Author has written an intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful novel. This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mysteries. In my opinion, one would benefit from reading both books, but it can be a stand-alone. The Genres for this novel are Mystery and Suspense and Psychological Thriller. There is a dash of romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes back only when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes his dramatic characters as complex, complicated, and quirky.
Librarian Hester Thursby has stopped looking for people that didn’t want to be found. She also has stopped going to the Library, and keeps her 4-year-old niece home, instead of sending her to school. She is keeping this a secret from her partner Morgan. Hester and Morgan have been taking care of Katy, for about a year, since Morgan’s sister just left the child in their care. Morgan’s sister was Hester’s best friend, and Hester has ambivalent feelings of when her friend returns. Taking care of a four-year-old does have a tremendous amount of responsibility attached.
Hester gets an emergency text to come and help at an isolated island off the coast of Maine. Hester takes the child, goes on the ferry and hopes to help the “Person” who sent the text. On this island two children have disappeared, there are contaminated drugs being distributed and sold, people being hurt and threatened and murder. There also was a terrible storm with much damage. Hester finds herself in a dangerous position again. There are twists and turns, questionable characters, and deep secrets.
I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friendship, communication, love, and hope. I would recommend this intriguing story.