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First One Missing

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,100 ratings  ·  186 reviews
There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter goes missing:

- You are haunted by her memory day and night.
- Even close friends can't understand what you are going through.
- Only in a group with mothers of other lost children can you find real comfort.

But as the parents gather to offer each other support in the wake of another disappearance, a crack ap
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 (first published June 4th 2015)
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Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Just finished this about 10 minutes ago and I'm really impressed!!
This is the first book by Tammy Cohen that I have read but I will be looking for more. I thought this was a great psychological thriller. A very sad and chilling story of abducted, murdered girls, the details surrounding the families involved and the investigation to find the killer.
Megan’s Angels was a group for the families of murdered young girls. The group was named after Megan Purvis, who was the first one missing.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone! Psychological Thriller Lovers
I have been a big fan of Tammy Cohen right from her first book and can proudly say I have read them all now. I enjoyed First One Missing although it seemed a little bit different to some of her other books. One of things I like about Tammy's books is that they can all differ, so it's a bit like a surprise package.

There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:

- You are haunted by her memory day and night

- Your friends and family fear you are going mad

- Only in a
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House UK for giving me a free copy of Tammy Cohen's novel 'First one missing' in return for a honest review.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed her writing style which was free flowing and although the subject matter was very dark and disturbing the novel was very enjoyable. I did get a little confused at times trying to identify the numerous characters but that probably says more about me than anything else. Any book that d
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Megan’s Angels are a support group of families with one thing in common – their young daughters were murdered by the Kenwood Killer, who is still on the loose after four years. First One Missing is told from a number of viewpoints, and some of those narrators are family members all at different stages of the grieving process. They all have very different voices and what I liked about them was their humanity. They may be called Megan’s Angels but they are certainly not “angelic” in their inner th ...more
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Having loved Dying for Christmas and The Broken (both 5 stars ratings from me), I was really looking forward to First One Missing.

As usual it is well written with a great plot idea and well developed characters. However, on this occasion I felt there was something missing or the focus didn’t seem to quite work right for my enjoyment.

As this story is about a number of young girls being murdered, I expected it to feel very dark, but for some reason it didn’t. I felt myself watching this story unfo
Dale Harcombe
Two and a half stars
Young girls being murdered ensure this is never going to be a light read. The reader is introduced to the bereaved parents, the detectives trying to track down the killer before another murder occurs, Family liaison officers appointed to help the parents in their grief, the other children of the bereaved families and the journalist out for the next big interview among others. Those others include a paedophile ring. There is also a group Megan’s Angels, set up by Megan’s mothe
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book begins with the murder of a little girl, called Poppy Glover. Leanne Miller, a family liaison officer, has to inform Emma Reid, the mother of Tilly, who was also a victim of the man the press have labelled, “the Kenwood Killer.” The name refers to Kenwood House, a place I know well, and all of the victims – beginning with seven year old Megan Purvis (“the original angel”), found four years earlier, then Tilly, ten year old Leila Botsford and now Poppy – were found on Hampstead Heath, n ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
3 1/2 stars from me for First One Missing.

" This time two days ago I was a different person living in a different world and there were no reporters out on the pavement and no policemen in my living room drinking from the mugs that came free with the girls Easter Eggs. And she was here with her newly washed hair and her dog-print pyjamas. And I want it back. I want her back. I want..."

Told from multiple points of view , First One Missing meanders along, tracing the lives of various people connect
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Amazing psychological thriller! I struggled a little at first because we get different narrators/POV, but then I just couldn't put it down!
Little girls are disappearing, only to be found dead and leaving a devastating world for their parents and families. Who is taking them? Is it one killer? Two? More? Is it a copycat? WHO?!
The girls' parents get together in a support group named after the first missing girl, Megan Purvis, and for some, is a coping mechanism, but who is to say how to h
Tracy Fenton
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Firstly a huge thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
I need to point out that I am a huge Tammy Cohen fan and so far have loved everything she has written.
This new book does not disappoint either. The author has an incredible talent of getting under the skin of each and every character she creates making them believable and genuine. The storyline revolves around the serial killing of young girls in Hampstead Hearg and hints at paedophilia which is not a easy topic to digest. Tammy Cohen covers this i
Liz Barnsley
Another brilliant psychological thriller from the pen of Tammy Cohen. Emotional depth a really compelling story and a little twist I did not see coming which means I'd give it 6 stars if I could :) Full review to follow as a New release spotlight in July. Highly Recommended.
Rebecca Bradley
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm still in a period of reading where I'm finding it difficult to choose my next book to read and I'm wondering whether the next book will be thrown on the can't-make-it-all-the-way-through, pile, so I was thrilled to find, with First One Missing, that I had picked up another great book. It was such a great book that when I finished reading it I tweeted Tammy and thanked her for writing it because there is nothing like being able to slide into the pages of a novel and escape fully and I have be ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Every scene, and character is utterly believable. Four girls found murdered on Hampstead Heath. It leaves you with a tidal of wave of sorrow.

Tammy Cohen adds the fine detail of a moving examination of loss. Never before has any author written an novel in which makes you care deeply for the families grieving.

The police are looking for a serial killer, but I can promise channeled in are twist that will leave breathless.

Tammy Cohen certainly confirms her place in top flight of psychological thri
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my second book by Tammy Cohen and it certainly didn't disappoint. The story, although disturbing, was very compelling and it was very hard to put down. As far as psychological thrillers go, it doesn't get any better than this, with just one minor quibble: there was a severe lack of definition in certain characters which in turn and obviously made the pool of suspects too small. That said, I highly recommend you check out Ms Cohen's work if psychological thrillers are your thing.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read a couple of Ms Cohen's books before so I knew the kind of thing I was in for.

This, however, felt slightly different in its feel. The story is one of missing young girls found dead over a period of time within a large area of open space in North London. Four families being drawn together by one common denominator.

Just like in real life events, there are families, police, family liaison officers, and journalists all embroiled together in a quest to find some answers. Hence, here there ar
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, crime
Woe is me! And me! And me!!

A child is missing and a serial killer is on the loose, so everyone is fearing the worst. And, indeed, the worst comes to pass. The parents unenviably now have the right to join Megan's Angels – a support group set up by the parents of previous victims. Meantime, family liaison officer Leanne Miller should be contacting the earlier victims to make sure they don't hear about the new murder from TV, but she's busy lying in bed feeling sorry for herself, so can't find the
Sara Kettleborough
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read anything by Tammy Cohen before so this was my first experience of reading her work but I had heard good things consistently from my fellow book bloggers on Twitter so when I noticed this on NetGalley I thought the blurb sounded very different and it was the perfect opportunity to try a new author!

This was the perfect holiday read. Very easy to read, extremely fast-paced and a real page turner!

I liked the way the novel was written in different threads from the perspective of variou
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
This wasn't to my taste. I keep trying with Tammy Cohen's books, but she's just not my type of author, and I have to accept that. She's a good writer, but she doesn't really go for it the way other thriller writers do. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, I wasn't DYING to get to the next chapter, I didn't really care who the perp was because there wasn't enough time spent building UP the perp. The best thrillers, I find, are the ones where we get sneaky looks into the perps life, and while we do ge ...more
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Wow! I am floored! This book is a THRILLER!!! I did not see this end coming at all! Cohen took me on the wildest ride where every character was a suspect.

This is my first book by Cohen and I am definitely going back for more. The various points of views was seamless and really helped in maintaining the thrill and moving the plot along. You cannot believe how well developed the characters were, how fast paced the plot was and just how great the big reveal was.

This is definitely a must read! Thr
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book of a group of people drawn together in very dire circumstances. Very emotional story, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mary  Carrasco
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great psychological thriller. The only thing that kept it from being a five star read for me was that there were so many characters. I found it quite distracting trying to remember who was who and even though this wasn't a long book it took me longer than normal to finish it. The unique twists and plot made it worthwhile in the long run.
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading Tammy Cohen's Dying for Christmas last year, I was very excited to get started with First One Missing, especially after reading the book's blurb. First One Missing is a difficult book to discuss without giving some stuff away so as always read on with that in mind. Perhaps because I came to this book off the back of Bear Grylls' new thriller, I found the opening to be a bit, flat? Boring? It took me a while to get to grips with the story, and I found myself for almost the first hal ...more
C.L. Taylor
A stunningly good psychological thriller about four families who are brought together after their young daughters are murdered by a suspected serial killer. I read it in two days, I was so gripped. Tammy Cohen is a hugely skilled writer. There are several points of view and, in the hands of a less experienced author, they could have become jumbled and confusing but Tammy handles them masterfully. The characterisation is rich and fascinating and I loved the contrast between the journalist, the fa ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF’d this quarter way through. Too many characters that I couldn’t keep straight and the story wasn’t that interesting to me either.
I read a good quarter before quitting as I’ve read and enjoyed this author before.
Just wasn’t doing anything for me, getting bored with it, and after reading a spoiler, I think I made the right decision to quit it. Too much out there to read to persevere with a dull book.
Suze Lavender
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young girls are being killed and there's a pattern that keeps returning. Is there an evil serial killer behind the murders? The relatives of the girls are devastated and they each deal with this huge loss in their own way. Because of the repeat pattern there's a group with the victim's parents they can join, so they can mourn their daughters together and find support and comfort by being among people who understand them.

The killer hasn't been caught yet. Police and media are on the hunt and by w
Cleopatra  Pullen
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-2015, crime, own
In North London we meet Poppy Glover’s mother who is wishing she could turn back time, two days before her daughter was safe, the day before she was only missing, there was still hope, but today she has been found dead on Hampstead Heath the scene of the previous three ‘Kenwood Killer’ murders, named after the nearby Kenwood House.

The same morning Emma Reid wakes up with her distant husband Guy, soon after the day has begun she will receive a phone call from the Family Liaison Officer assigned t
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I really should stop reading books about murdered children. It really starts getting me down. Especially when all this grieve is so intensely described like in this book. I am a mother myself and although my girls are grown up now I still have this fear inside me that something could happen to them. I don’t think I like to read about this stuff anymore. At least for a while.

This book is very intense which the description of the grieving parents. This really got me and it made me feel quite uncom
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling

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Compulsive reading!
Tammy Cohen writes crisp and pure psychological thrillers –the emphasis is on the story and the lives affected by a shocking event. Ms Cohen is a skilled writer; she writes a great narrative that engages and keeps the pages turning. Ms Cohen shows a great understanding of characterisations – her characters have a depth that makes them credible and allows the reader to empathise with or understand the motives of. Further the twist in plot that is revealed tow
Laura B
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A serial killer is at large in north London targeting girls under ten. The police are desperate to catch him before he strikes again.
The book revolves around multiple characters the victims families, a predator, police liaison officer Leanne, and sally a ruthless journalist determined to get the next scoop at all costs. This is my second book by Tammy Cohen having previously read when she was bad and I was pleased that this was even more of a page Turner.
I found myself liking several of the cha
Kim Ebner
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in just over 2 days, with a full time job! And that can only mean one thing, I really loved it. It was a book that grabbed me by the arm, led me to the couch, then the bath and then the bed, all the while engrossed in its pages. I found the numerous characters interesting and the story moved at a good speed. And I never guessed the ending, not even close. So all in all, a great read that I recommend.
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Tammy Cohen (who was previously published under her formal name Tamar Cohen) is a freelance journalist. A late starter to fiction - and to other things besides - she has now written four novels. The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else's Wedding. The Broken was her first pyschological thriller, followed by Dying for Christmas. Her brand new hardback novel, First One Missing i ...more
“Lost in her litany of thoughts, Emma was only vaguely aware of the alarm sounding.

‘Can you turn that fucking thing off?’ said Guy’s back. He emphasized the ‘fucking’, like a child self-consciously trying out swearing for the first time. Funny how his back seemed to have taken on a personality all of its own now Emma saw it so often. It was intractable, solid, unyielding – she imagined it to be like Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, all brooding muscle and tense resistance. Unlike Guy himself whose presence settled around the house like fine mist, everywhere and nowhere at the same time.”
“Suddenly Guy appeared in the doorway. Emma was surprised to see he had his jacket on, a black leather biker-style one he wore with the self-consciousness of a girl in her first pre-teen bra.” 1 likes
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