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Twenty-two years old with a journalism degree from UCLA and a promising entry level position at a television station, Madeline Patterson is ready to take on the Universe. Raised by two loving parents, adored by her grandmother, protected by her dog, Pepper, and supported by her best friend—Madeline has it all. There’s only one thing missing—literally missing—her identical ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Divers Arts Collective
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Heena Rathore P.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to read a decent mystery.
Note: I received an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 4.5/5

Plot/Story:
I enjoyed the plot a lot. The pace of the story was good, it was neither slow nor super fast, just the way a my. Everything happened at the right time. So, the timing of the twists were really good to keep the readers hooked.
I really enjoyed the little pieces that kept on twisting the plot. It really kept me on the edge right till the very end. There were so many possibilities that
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Jennifer Lane
Missing Twin Haunts Her Sister’s Dreams

Maddie is a gorgeous blond twenty-two-year-old about to start her career in broadcast journalism when she has a dream. A disturbing dream. She dreams her twin sister, who went missing when they were three years old, is still alive, and needs Maddie’s help.

Her parents don’t want to re-open the case, fearing they will crack open old wounds. But are they hiding something?

I thought this was a well-written mystery. Where is Melissa? Is she alive? Has she been hu
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Tulay
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.

Trying to find her kidnapped twin sister, after 19 years. Many good people around her trying to help her. Family secrets one by one comes out, didn't expected this twisted ending. Well written story, you won't be able to put it down.
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Dayreader Reviews
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
* I was given this book for an honest review*
Well done! Missing Melissa was a great read! It is such a deep story, so many twists and turns. I thought this story was so interesting because it has the twin theme. I felt that it was very creative angle. It was neat to look at the dream aspect because the twin bond is so strong. I also really enjoyed how Alretha made every single character important including Pepper the mastif. If a single character was missing (no pun intended) then the story woul
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African Americans on the Move Book Club
Madeline Patterson wakes up with one thought on her mind. "She’s not dead.” This thought has haunted her for years about her identical twin sister who was abducted during a carjacking when they were three years old never to be seen again and seemingly lost without a trace. Madeline is now a young woman who has recently graduated from college and is about to start a job in her chosen field of journalism. She just cannot shake the feeling that her twin is alive and needs her to help her come home. ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Identical twins are separated during a carjacking when they are three. On their twenty-second birthday Madeline decides to re-open the case to find her sister, Melissa.

This book had many positive things going for it. I really liked Madeline and her BFF, Ruby, characters. They are two young women support and help each other through everything life throws at them, even when they disagree.

I found the process that Madeline used to find her sister to be well thought out. Alretha Thomas did a wonderfu
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Sherry
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read.

I'm not sure why but I had trouble getting into it. Could have been bad timing as members of my family have been sick and I have been tired and have a short attention span.

The premise is pretty darn cool. You grow up knowing you are part of a set of twins, and have been told that your twin is dead, but you don't believe it, and so you go hunting for her. Really cool story line.

She learned a lot about herself and her family during the hunt too. That is part of growing
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Black Butterfly
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BORROWED FROM AMAZON
Shelves: mysteries
WHAT A CAPTIVATING READ I WAS READY TO GIVE IT 5*stars AND I HAD JUST REACHED 35%. WHAT A PAGE TURNER I COULDN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS THE MYSTERY. TWINS ARE FACINATING I THINK MOST OF US FEEL THAT WAY THIS STORY LINE ABOUT A MISSING TWIN DOESEN’T DISAPOINT. THE STORY REFLECTS TODAY’S HEADLINES AND NEWS BROADCAST SCREAMING AT US AND WE CAN’T HELP BUT GET CAUGHT UP IN IT. WE ARE HELPLESS TO TURN AWAY MEZMERIZED WATCHING THE STORY UNFOLD EVEN IF IT’S GRUSOME OR HAS A HAPPY ENDING. THIS WAS AN ...more
doretha faye reeves
Excellent story line

A different take on kidnapping. Very good read. I love the story structure and the determination of Maddie to find her twin.
Melanie
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
When I read the synopsis on Missing Melissa by Alretha Thomas I was instantly drawn to it. I love a mystery and new adult books are one of my favourite genres. Add to that a book about identical twins, 1 missing since she was a child and I knew that I would enjoy this book.

Please note I have given this book 4 stars and it is a good book, its worth those 4 stars but at times I felt this was more of a young adult book that a new adult. I do not like to give spoilers, but in honesty the worst thing
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Rumeur
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
This is the author's first mystery/suspense book and she did a wonderful job in both areas, better than many of the regulars I read!!

It's about identical twins, Melissa & Maddie. When they were 3 years old, their mother was carjacked & the mother managed to get Maddie out of her car seat, but Melissa was still in the back seat when the car was driven away

The whole plot of the book now takes place 19 years later. Maddie gets dreams of her sister, usually as a 3 year old, but now as a grown young
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Lynda Kelly
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
Got 95 pages in and packed this up. It was getting too unbelievable, especially the conduct of the policeman Madeline was dealing with. Though she'd met him once, we're to believe she thinks about ..."his thick dark hair he runs his fingers through when he's being bossy".....like she'd know !! Then HE says at one point (when only planning their second meeting about her case, bear in mind) "I can tell by your hair-sun-kissed. Boy I wish I was the sun" !! I haven't read anything so daft in a long ...more
Dee
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a pre-release copy of this book and I really loved it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a book with a great storyline. This is a book about a girl whose twin sister was abducted when they were very little and the mystery behind her disappearance. You want to know what happened to her and why and it will keep you guessing until you are finally finished reading, but will answer all your questions at the end of the book and not keep you hanging with unansw ...more
Alisha Simko
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Author Alretha thomas's books and LOVED every one of them!! I am an avid reader and I know when I see a good author & Mrs. Thomas IS one of those great authors, you can see that she puts her all into her books which makes the reader love every moment of the story. Missing Melissa was such a great book, it kept me entertained from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone no matter what genre of books they prefer. Can't wait to see Alretha Thomas's name on ...more
grace
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good idea for a plot..not well written

The description grabbed my attention.the idea for the plot sounded great..too bad it reads like a 16 year old girl wrote this in her diary..childishly written.moves too.quickly.no details.present tense and past get mixed up..could have been so much better
bonnie kirchner
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Missing Melissa

This was an absolutely a great book . I highly recommend this book . The story line is so good I could not put this book down . I finished this book at 3:00 in the morning. I could not put the book down until I finished it . This is a must read book.
Sonja Randall
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I expected more, not always believable, too much of a good thing is not always good. Family is not always on your side and jealousy can make people do terrible things and then they need to keep up with their lies. That said, I finished the book and found it a nice, feel good story.
Bill
Dec 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Story

In general, I liked reading this tale. However I must say that it is a bit soppy, with shallow characters. If it was not free, I wouldn't have bought it.

1 Star
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Maria E.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Madeline (Maddie) was three years old, she and her twin sister Melissa were in the car with her mother, when the car was carjacked. Her mother barely had time to get Maddie out of the car, and the thieves drove away with Maddie's twin, Melissa, still in the car. All searches that were conducted at the time were futile; the years pass, and Melissa was not found.

Twenty years later, Maddie begins to dream about Melissa. She believes that her sister is still alive and is calling out to Maddie t
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Mystic Miraflores
I liked the plot for the most part and there was a really surprising twist at the end.
But there were some questions and issues I had with the book.
1. The unprofessional behavior of the policeman, Sam.
2. Why now after 19 years does Maddie decide to look for Melissa? She must have had dreams about her sister before.
3. The writing was simplistic and unsophisticated. There was too much chatter among the characters and no so much action, so the book was slow to get going. Nothing much happened until
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Nessa
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
It was the blurb that drew me to this book, as it sounded really good. On the whole the story was really good from start to finish and there was even a surprise twist or two throughout the story.

I really enjoyed getting to know majority of the characters and it was entertaining trying to figure out who was telling the truth and who had secrets they wanted to be kept hidden.

My only cristism about the book, is that is needed to be better written, certain elements in the story weren't told right o
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Joyce
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A missing twin!

Nineteen years earlier, a car was hijacked, a young mother escaped with one of her identical twin daughters. The other was never seen again. Following her college graduation the saved daughter, who is now a reporter on television, starts to search on social media for her sister whom she is convinced is still alive. The rest of the plot would lead to unnecessary spoilers. A fine beach read.
Jean
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
When Madeline and Melissa were three-years-old, their mother was carjacked in broad daylight while taking them to a doctor’s appointment. She was able to get away with Madeline in tow, but the assailants left the scene before she could rescue Melissa. A long and massive search ensued, but Melissa was never found and is believed to be dead. However, Madeline is convinced Melissa is still alive. Against her parents’ wishes, Madeline vows to find her twin.
Kathy W Nichols
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great.

Having sisters that are twins I can relate to some of the traits twins share, talking alike, saying the same thing at the same time, having their own language. The author did a great job of making the story interesting all they the book. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Erika
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book seems like it should be a suspense novel for beginners. Once you get past the simple/somewhat annoying dialogue the story is intriguing and page turning. The downsides are the forced love stories, unneeded, and the ending. Wasn’t believable that it took 20 years to look in the most obvious place.
Tonya Peterson
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twin talk

Melissa was kidnapped when she was 3 and nobody knew where she was for 17 years and when her twin turned 22 she was determined to find her due a dream she has of melissa grown up begging for her to find her and to let her know she wasnt dead. Everyone tried to talk her out of it for the safety of the family and herself but she was stubborn and was determined.
Roni Silverman
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming story of loss, determination and discovery

From start to finish you didn’t know how it would all end. Who was responsible for the car jacking or even if there really was one. Is the missing twin dead or alive? Very likable characters. Well written. Couldn’t wait to see ending
J.R.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine finding your lost twin!

The author has created a believable story for others who maybe have the same circumstances. A determined twin fights with both barrels loaded either with Facebook or media and plain old footwork to satisfy an itch that tells her that her sister is alive! Enjoy!
Danielle Sears
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This was an awesome story. I loved seeing the development of the characters and finding out the back story on everyone and everything. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick but good read.
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Nancy
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring

I did not like this book. I actually just skipped through the last part because I can't not finish a book. It had great potential in the plot but fell short. The main character was a spoiled brat and the author gave in to her every wish.
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