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The Missing (Darby McCormick #1)

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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 som
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Atria Books (first published 2007)
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Lee Cooper
Dec 09, 2015 Lee Cooper rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and totally recommend it. The pace moves fast and there are many twists and turns that make this story so good. I am now reading the next book Dying for Christmas.
Apr 08, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it
I came, I read, I didn't quite conquer.

The novel kicked off with quite an action-packed first chapter which caught my attention from the start and only continued to progress at a good pace. I was sufficiently interested in the characters, the victims and the developments that would follow.

My issue was solely with the writing style which was clunky, unsubtle and patronising. I am quite capable of reading and making connections, therefore when authors feel like they need to spell everything out t
Dec 18, 2012 Ami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Dani Alexander
3.5 stars

I mostly liked it. It had fast-paced story telling. Since the villain was also written in the story (3rd person), it was nice to see how Darby and the other detectives were able to keep up with him. There was a couple of slight twists near the end ... I was able to guess one of them, but the other one was something I didn't see coming!

Unfortunately ... I felt detached to Darby as the main character throughout the book. She didn't engaged to me, the way that I expected to be when I read
Tracy Fenton
Oct 06, 2015 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it
Take 1 feisty female CSI investigator with a dark background, add 1 (or 2) twisted serial killers, sprinkle with tonnes of gruesome deaths, add a twist towards the end and voilà... the perfect recipe for a brilliant new series of books. Thank you Chris Mooney I am now a huge fan!
Nov 02, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent start to a series. Darby is a MC that is likable as well as the rest of the cast of characters. 4.5 stars
Jul 20, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
I zoomed through this book in two days, only putting it down to go to sleep last night! It's a very fast read, with a storyline that really grabs and holds your attention. Also, the chapters are nice and short, which I appreciated; I often tend to feel bogged down when the chapters of a book are really long, so this was a refreshing change.

The Missing is the first in a series featuring Darby McCormick, crime-scene investigator with the Boston Police. The story begins with an apparent murder that
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 28, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it it was ok
I found Chris Mooney’s “The Missing” a mediocre thriller. It is perhaps more of a crime-scene investigator procedural as efforts to find and interpret physical evidence play a major role in this novel. Towards the end it indeed turns into a thriller with many contrived “twists and turns”, which I intensely dislike because of their lack of credibility.

Darby McCormick, a Boston crime-scene investigator works on the case of a missing 16-year old girl. Soon she discovers that the case has connection
Jun 09, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Chris Mooney but I will definitely look for others by him. His writing style reminds me much of James Patterson who I really enjoy. It was indeed a fast paced novel that kept me on the edge while I plowed my way thru it. At one point in the book, which I was reading in Zurich, Switzerland, I was somewhat spooked when my daughter-in-law came out of the bathroom...thinking that someone was coming into our bedroom...which we both laughed about shortly afterward.

The book s
Apr 23, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it
Darby McCormack witnessed a murder when she was in high school. The killer attempted to silence the witnesses but Darby survived. Twenty-five years later, a woman's abduction bears an uncanny likeness to that case. Darby is now a forensice investigator for the Boston Police Department and finds herself confronting the nightmare of her past in the present.

This story was pretty chilling for me and moved pretty swiftly. Darby is a skilled investigator and the forensic evidence was described in sim
Mallory Heart Reviews
Apr 18, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2012-reads
Another book I couldn’t put down-I wish I had had the time to read this at one sitting. I kept turning the pages so fast I’m surprised the book didn’t ignite. Chris Mooney is a wonderful author who juggles some mighty complex plots and a large number of characters, some on the good side, some on the almost purely evil, some straddling the moral fence, and keeps it all straight, revealing only piece by piece and never telegraphing.

Darcy McCormick spends her adult years as a forensic investigator,
Mar 26, 2011 Ryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Once you start reading mysteries, you can get bored pretty easily. I usually take long breaks between forays into this genre because I end up either cynically bored with the excess gore that writers come up with, or just plain bored because even a stray dog would be able to point out the killer by the first 50 pages but the main characters will just grin or mope around uselessly until the 'surprise' in the final chapters of the book.

The Missing does not fall into either of those categories.

Mar 14, 2016 Dibi rated it really liked it
Amo esa sensación que te deja un libro que te ha encantado y que nunca lo viste venir. Empecé a leer The missing y prácticamente no pude parar. Esta historia me atrapo y me obligó a terminarmelo en un momentito, solo pare para dormir, y déjenme decirles que fue una dura decision.
Me ha gustado Darby McCormick y esta historia macabra ha sabido llegarme. Y a pesar de que prácticamente sabes quienes son los/el asesino, hay plot twists y un suspenso aterrador que te embarga durante todo el libro.
Mar 05, 2014 Joe rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I've thoroughly enjoyed this author's previous thrillers - they're roller coaster rides similar to the books by Harlan Coben with enough twists and turns to keep you reading late into the night. In this book protagonist Darby McCormick has a close brush with a serial kidnapper/murderer during her teenage years. Now as an adult and a cop said villain is back in her life and Darby is tasked to bring him to justice. Not the most original plot but workable.

The flashback scenes with the adolescent D
Aug 18, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
The Missing
4 Stars

In 1984, three young girls witness an attack on a young woman in the woods and become the target of a serial killer. Only one , Darby McCormick, survives. Years later, Darby is a forensic investigator called to the scene of a teenage abduction. As the evidence piles up, Darby finds herself tracking a psychopathic serial killer known only as the Traveler and soon comes face-to-face with the terror from her nightmares.

A well-written, fast paced and intricate thrille
Mar 03, 2011 John rated it it was ok
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Mar 10, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-thriller, 2013
If you love scary thrillers, you love this one from debut author Chris Mooney. Take Kathy Reichs's forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan from the Bones series, and Lisa Black's CSI Theresa McLean series, two great elements in this dark thriller. Darby McCormick is a crime scene investigator for the Boston crime lab. Over twenty years ago, she and two of her high school friends watched someone commit a crime. One of her friends died and the other was presumed missing. Now fast forward as Dar ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Anggie rated it liked it
ceritanya bagus
selalu di bikin penasaran sama halaman selanjutnya dan BOOM endingnya sangat tidak bisa di tebak

hanya saja mungkin untuk 2 pelaku utama sangat mudah ditebak.
overall Good story
Rebecca McNutt
I didn't find this book all that wonderful but it wasn't a bad story. It has some good characters and a few very eerie scenes.
Book Addict Shaun
Chris Mooney is an author I have wanted to read for a long time but for some reason I've just never got round to picking up one of his books. I then became a blogger, and a few weeks ago I realised that I was neglecting so many books that I wanted to read, and I want to try and get a balance of new reviews and reviews of older books on the blog. It's rather refreshing to read solely for enjoyment, rather than over thinking what I'm going to write and making notes while I read plus readers of my ...more
I listened to the audiobook, so bear this in mind. So-so. The narrator's voice and intonation were a bit over the top for me so I had to constantly fight my irritation. I started this book months ago and I normally get through a book in a few days. In the last half of the book, I started getting into enough that the narrator didn't annoy me. I predicted the bad guy pretty early on in the book, but that is okay. What bothered me was how lame the confrotation was. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
In this 2007 novel, Chris Mooney starts the book off with action and murder, then continues on with more and more serial killing. Darby McCormick was only 15 years old when she and two of her friends stumbled upon a murder. She has grown up to be a forensic investigator working toward her PhD. She is called to the scene of a young woman's abduction where she finds a woman dressed in rags under the porch. Her investigation is a race to find the serial killer known as the Traveler before he murder ...more
Yuli Pritania
Ini pertama kalinya saya ngasih 1 bintang buat novel thriller terjemahan. Entah karena terjemahannya yang emang kacau balau atau novelnya sendiri yang begitu. Ada banyak kesalahan pengetikan nama, karakternya ketuker-tuker, bikin yang baca jadi bingung. Belum lagi pemilihan kata yang tidak tepat, artinya jadi rancu. Dan ini banyak banget bertebaran di sepanjang novel. Saya bener-bener nggak bisa menikmati. Ceritanya sendiri juga biasa bgt buat ukuran thriller. Plus, pergantian settingnya kasar, ...more
The opening chapter was intriguing as were the next few. I then felt as though I was being drawn into a Halloween-type movie and wasn't liking it much. By chapter 6, however, things picked back up again into a different direction when a teenager goes missing.

The book has loads of characters; It will definitely help to note who's who in order to keep track especially of those who are key. Otherwise it's easy to become bogged down.

Those who are familiar with New England will definitely recognize
Deatra Branston
Jun 22, 2011 Deatra Branston rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Deatra by: My Best Friend who hasn't read it yet!
This book was AMAZING! It had me on pins and needles and I couldn't stop reading it. I read it when I was in junior college and did a book report on it. I got an 'A' whoot!
Carol Waters
Feb 17, 2015 Carol Waters rated it liked it
The lead character is a textbook example of PTSD, a girl who was present during crime and then grew up to be a crime fighter who gets victimized.... you see this one coming full circle on about page ten. Some of the writing was tight and exciting, some was just sooooooo unlikely to have stepped off the scope of keeping it plausible. The ending pretty much sucked. (See how my writing ran downhill there?) I think Mooney got tired.

I am also tired of every female character going into the estrogen z
Jun 15, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
It's a fast-paced, chilling read that reminded me of the likes of Chelsea Cain and Chris Carter. Darby does seem to have more lives than the proverbial cat and seems to walk out of shootouts and explosions with just a few scratches, like the good guys in Hollywood blockbusters, but I still found it a tense and for the most part convincing story. I'll definitely be looking out for the sequels (I've just been to check - there are currently six books in the series).

full review on my blog : http://m
Mar 06, 2016 Bert rated it really liked it
Suspend all concepts of reality and hand on - this is a fast entertaining read.

I knew who the partner in crime was almost as soon as they were introduced into the story but it didn't ruin it for me.

I enjoyed the characters and there were enough plot twists and elements to make the read very entertaining and very, very quick. It was a page turner.

Can't wait to see where Darby foes from here. Given all that happened to her in this first book, the next book would almost have to include a planet alt
Lisa Naish
Jan 02, 2016 Lisa Naish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book was good, but by page 50 I gave up. It's written like a high school freshman's English class short story assignment. I would venture to guess this book is a 7th grade reading level, if that. Everything is overly described and dumbed down. I have way too many books on my shelf and in my Kindle to waste my time with books that are so poorly written. It's a fast read, so if you like the plot and aren't fussed about writing style you might enjoy it. Otherwise, skip it. You c ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Claudio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Sehr enttäuschend, nachdem ich es nach den vielen guten Amazon-Reviews gekauft hatte.
Die Handlung ist zwar nicht schlecht, aber auch nichts besonderes - eine typische Ermittler-mit-unbewältigter-Vergangenheit-jagt-psyopathischen-Serienkiller-Story. Keine Überraschungen, alles schon mal woanders gelesen. Auch die Äuflösung, wer der geheimnisvolle Komplize des Killers ist, kommt am Ende wenig überraschend, da es a) nicht viele Figuren gab, die dafür in Frage kamen, und b) es auch so mit dem Zaunp
Kathleen Hagen
The Missing, by Chris Mooney, A-minus. Narrated by Bernadette Dunn, produced by Books on Tape, downloaded from

Darby McCormick and her two friends, Melanie and Stacy, sneaked away to the woods to drink beer in celebration of Melanie’s 16th birthday. They heard a woman screaming and begging for her life. They ran away, but left Darby’s backpack behind, which led the killer to identify her. The murderer comes after Darby, and manages to kill Stacy and kidnap Melanie, but Darby got away
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Chris Mooney is the critically acclaimed author of Deviant Ways, World Without End, and Remembering Sarah, which was nominated for the Barry Award and the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in Boston with his wife and son.

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