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The Missing: The Curious Cases of Will Winchester and the Black Cross

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It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrence ...more
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Published September 19th 2017 by Month9Books
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✨    jamieson   ✨
IT'S NEARLY HALLOWEEN and I know you know that means you need to get as many spooky recommendations as you can because tis' the season. And boy do I got one for you ESPECIALLY if you're a fan of queer historical fiction (hello! it's the next The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue)

I crouched down and snatched it up, framed between both sets of thumb and forefinger to read in the dim light:


Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3 Stars

“As they linger, any remaining humanness fades. Leaves the shell of a soul, in a sense. Time mutates and warps it all until, suddenly, we’ve got entities beyond our control.”

Is there a better way to kick off fall than with an old-fashioned ghost story?

(Emphasis on the old fashioned-- as this takes place in 1890s London)

Our main character, Will joins a supernatural organization known as The Black Cross. Able t o see spirits from a young age, Will is especially beneficial to this ghos
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

Ghost hunters. A nonbinary protagonist. A Victorian London setting. What more could a fan of queer historical fiction ask for?

The Missing follows the story of Will Winchester, a teenager with two secrets: 1) he’s never quite fit into Victorian society’s dichotomous gender definitions, and 2) he can see the spirits of the dead. After stumbling across a team of paranormal investigators, he finds himself recruited into the ranks of the Black Cross—an organization dedicated to studying a
Darque  Dreamer
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
The Missing is a thrilling, supernatural joyride! It is fast paced, full of surprising twists, and offers bits of creepiness, humor, and intrigue. For lovers of Supernatural, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and Ghost Adventures, this one is sure to impress!

I am absolutely in love with this book and I am really hoping for it to become a series. Sometimes I really hate comparing books to other books or television shows, but in this instance, I feel like The Missing offers a lot of great qualities that f
Cassie C
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review to come!

Update 10/22/17:

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I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Do you want a good spooky read just in time for Halloween? Then The Missing is the perfect book for you!! This was an absolutely fantastic story that is a standout novel in more ways than one. It's unique and fun, and set against a backdrop of Victorian England, you really can't lose with this book!

Let me start off by talking
Amy Shannon
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story with many levels

This story has different levels and an interesting back story for the character of Will. First, Will used to be Willow, so that is one plus to the character, and something that drives the character. He has many secrets and the way this was written, brings something unique to the story. Will can also hear the dead, and it adds that paranormal secretive twist to the story, where anything can happen, and it does. Quality writing brings this story together.
Erika Messer
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the paranormal and this definitely fit that bill. Willow or Will as he was raised, is still struggling with his gender issues which is a very strong theme throughout the book. When he is asked and joins a league called the Black Cross, the motherly figure in his life Zelda shows him some information on his mother's death so many years ago and tells him that he may not be welcomed back if he joins. The sad part is that Will already does not seem to share a good relationship with his father ...more
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***This book was reviewed via Chapter by Chapter Book Tours

Will Winchester has a gift, or curse depending on how you look at it. He can see the dead, whom he calls the Missing. A chance encounter with a group of ghost hunters opens his eyes to a whole new way of working. The Black Cross hunt down spirits and lay them to rest. Offered a place working with the Black Cross may lead to answer’s about his mother's disappearance, but Will has secrets of his own. How will his new 'family’ react if they
Cassie James
The Missing by Jerico Lenk pleasantly surprised me. I was expecting to like it but I was still swept off my feet by how good this book is. It's about Will who works for his father in his house for respectable mistresses and their respectable partners. In a society where much value is placed on appearance or at least a facade of everything being normal, Will is an individual with the ability to see and communicate with Ghosts. He dubbed them The Missing because they weren’t completely gone, just
Amy Ingalls
I won this book in a giveaway. I like ghost stories, especially those set in another time and place such as Victorian London. I thought that aspect of the book was done well. I did find the first half a little slow going, but by the second half I was really enjoying the story. I liked that the main character, Will, was a non-binary gender but that was just an aspect of his character. There is a difference between a character who happens to switch genders and a Gender-queer character, capital G. ...more
Hannah Michaels
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous read! Perfect for the creepy feel of October! Inclusive literature that involved the journey of Will who is figuring out who they are while uncovering the secrets of the dead. I couldn't imagine a better book if I tried. This is a book I really felt drawn to. From page one, I was sucked into the story and the creepy feel of it. It's a mystery to unravel and the stories within each lingering spirit were compelling, all winding together to combine with Will's journey and create a ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book was a dark, a little eerie but tons of fun read. The main character in this story, Will, is nonbinary. I like the fact that this character is nonbinary because everyone needs to see themselves as a character in a book and everyone deserves that. The writing is excellent and the characters are interesting. I really liked the paranormal aspects of the book. I thought they were unique and interesting!
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Look, the only thing really going for this one is that it's *really* trying not to be obvious that it's an 1800s London AU for Supernatural ...more
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