Review – The Missing – Chris Mooney

31 Jul

The Missing
Author: Chris Mooney
Series: Book 1 in the Darby McCormick series

Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Run Time: 8hrs 23 minutes

Book Description:
Darby McCormack was in high school when she first encountered the killer: someone murdered a woman in the woods where Darby and her two best friends were partying. His race to silence the witnesses was sure-footed and violent – but somehow Darby survived.
Twenty-five years later, Darby is a crime-scene investigator for the Boston Police Department, and a chilling case – a woman’s late-night abduction – has her uncovering strange leads to missing women, past and present. As forensic clues lead her closer to a psychopath called the Traveler, Darby must finally resolve the nightmare of her past and come face-to-face with a killer who is determined to keep the missing – and the horrors they endured at his hands – from ever coming to light.

I likely never would have picked up this book if I hadn’t been playing around with a book recommendation book online. The Missing showed up as a book that readers who enjoyed Shadow Man by Cody MacFayden and since I enjoyed that one, I figured that I would try it. It also worked well because I am making it a goal of mine to try a wider range of audiobook narrators rather than sticking to my tried and true favorites and I had never listened to the narrator before.

Similar to Shadow Man, The Missing focuses on a female mc who has suffered a tragedy in her life – this one when she was a teenager. (But as a random thought, why is it that so many female main characters in these mystery/thriller/suspense books have suffered some kind of massive tragedy that makes them a crusader for good, why can’t they just choose to do that…but that is a thought for another time). Anyways, back to the book – Darby is now a crime scene investigator and solving current crimes as well as the one from her past.

At first I thought I had figured out who the bad guy was going to be, but I completely discounted the person who it turned out to be – you know, one of these days, i’ll start listening to the little voice on my shoulder. I am kind of tempted to re-listen in the future and see if I feel differently.

This was the first time that I had listened to Bernadette Dunne as a narrator and it likely won’t be the last. I felt that she had a good range of vocal inflections for the various voices – but at the same time – the cast of the book was rather limited as compared to other ones I have listened to, so I don’t know how she would have done with a wider range of characters, but I’ll be looking out for more done narrated by her in the future.


Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Book Review


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4 responses to “Review – The Missing – Chris Mooney

  1. Samantha

    July 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    To answer your question, it’s because no sane woman would just choose to do that. At least that’s what I think. It’s the same that she is this tough bad ass who never shows vulnerability.

    • Dee

      July 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      but what is sanity?? It just seems like every single one has gone through major trauma – Darby in this book, Smokey Barrett in Cody MacFayden’s, Sara Linton in Karin Slaughter’s (the later books), Jo Beckett in Meg Gardiner’s series…the only ones I can think of that hasn’t is Maura Isles in Tess Gerritsen’s series – but then she is a coroner/pathogist which brings in a whole set of other considerations…

      • Samantha

        July 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        I don’t know if they are suppose to bring depth to the character or show a strength and resilience to a character who has been through so much. It would be refreshing to see a regular woman in the books.

      • Dee

        July 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        maybe, but to me it implies that in order for a woman to want to do a job such as that, that they need to be somehow damaged through past actions in their lives


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