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The Missing Mass Market Paperback – 12 May 2008
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- Publisher : Harper (12 May 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060872918
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060872915
- Dimensions : 16.97 x 10.92 x 2.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 246,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Langan has the control of a pro...."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Akin to the more ambitious work of Stephen King...this effective debut promises great things to come."--Publishers Weekly
"Langan has crafted a grisly horror story that will keep you out of the woods for years to come."--BookPage
"...innovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling..."--Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Ghoul and Dead Sea
"...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper..."---Edward Bryant, Locus
"[A] brilliant debut, heralding the arrival of a major talent."--Tim Lebbon, author of DUSK and BERSERK
"[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career."--Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE NIGHT ROOM
"[THE MISSING is] as engrossing as a dagger poised at one's throat."--J.C. Patterson
"A dark and bracingly bleak tale of supernatural terror."--Ramsey Campbell, author of SECRET STORY
About the Author
Sarah Langan received her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She studied with Michael Cunningham, Nicholas Christopher, Helen Schulman, Susan Kenney, and Maureen Howard, among others, all of whom have been instrumental to her work. The author of The Keeper and the Bram Stoker Award-winning The Missing, she is a master's candidate in environmental medicine at NYU and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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If you want to read about emotional problems of middle aged(ish) women - in very great detail - then yeah knock yourself out, this is the book for you. Otherwise you might want to look somewhere else.
The biggest issue is that one character is introduced after another and their completely irrelevant problems are filling page after page. I have read over 1/3 of the book, was desperately waiting for something interesting to happen, when yet another character was thrown at me. At this point I wanted all of them to die already just so they shut up.
Another issue is that it tries really hard to be a "horror book", so much that you can not help but notice. One example is the arousal of the protagonists while they eat dirt or other nasty stuff. I do not mind sexual references at all, but this is so completely irrelevant and only exists because the author wanted this to be as gross as possible. Cut it out and you lose nothing of the feel or the message, it would just be less silly.
Well, to keep it short, it is not my cup of tea. In my eyes this "style" is better suited for other genres.
*Spoiler Warning if you keep reading this review* In "The Keeper," we have a sort of sense of the mysterious things that underlie our destruction of each other and the earth, and their embodiment in a kind of "witch" of sorts--a woman who is almost like a "sin eater" in that she harbors all kinds of horrors, such that when she dies those horrors spill over into the waking world that caused them. But at the end of that novel you have redemptive love and a sense of peace, even if many things had to be destroyed to get there. With "The Missing," it's as if the author tried to take all kinds of themes, like the fact that many different civilizations have just gone missing over the centuries, and combine that with a new life form that inhabits humans, yet rises out of the ashes of this incident that happened in the small town of Bedford from the first novel. It's a mish-mash that doesn't make any sense with what came before it. I wish she had simply written this book as a stand-alone and didn't link it to the last one.
All of this isn't to say it's "totally horrible," which is why I gave it 3 stars. It's definitely readable and enjoyable and a horror novel and a pretty good one at that, it just makes little sense to link this to the last novel she wrote in any way. Here there is no redemption, only payback.