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Missing Person

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  136 reviews
From acclaimed horror writer Sarah Lotz, hailed by Stephen King as "vastly entertaining," a new novel about a group of amateur detectives infiltrated by the sadistic killer whose case they're investigating.

Reclusive Irish bookseller Shaun Ryan has always believed that his older brother, Teddy, died in a car accident. It's only on his mother's deathbed that he learns th
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Mulholland Books
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah Lotz's thriller, set in the US and Ireland, is a modern take with its everyday misfits and ordinary people operating as amateur detectives on, an American website dedicated to identifying the unidentified dead, cases often given up on by law enforcement. Shaun Ryan is a solitary young gay man in Ireland, he has still to get over the death of his mother, and is involved in a secret relationship with a married man, Brendan. He works in a bookshop, and is shocked when a unpre ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
the only sarah lotz i’d read before this was under her s.l. grey pseudonym, and since that’s a two authors/one name situation, i don’t really have a sense of how this one stacks up against her other solo works, but i thought it was great, and it makes me want to dive into all her other books i have lying around here, most of which i bought when they first came out in hardcover because i struggle with both impulse control and follow-through, apparently.

this book is playing to the whole true-crim
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Missing Person on 7/29/2019 and finished it on 8/9/2019. I gave birth to my second child in between reading this story so the book was at the hospital with me. This book is a great read! I love the idea of that missing-linc forum. The read is exciting when I realized that the killer is hiding among the good guys. This thriller is a bit slow paced than what I normally prefer to read but there's enough suspense and mystery to keep me turning the pages. I like the diverse of chara ...more
Julie (JuJu)
A unique and entertaining character-driven thriller, that has the vibe of a true-crime story.

480 pages! This is the first thing that came to mind when I started reading it. Not sure how I ended up requesting a book this lengthy, because I hate reading long books! But a large portion of the book is written in group chats and other communication that make the book read faster than expected and I really enjoyed it.

Missing-Linc is a website based in the US. It’s made up of ordinary people that try
What a great deep, character-driven, crime-fiction novel! Sarah Lotz, I've never read anything by you before, but Missing Person is fabulous! No lie, I couldn't put this book down and stayed up super late last night to finish it. You can tell by the dark circles formed down to my cheekbones! Missing Person is an intriguing read for several reasons: a) the crime focuses on a gay victim, during a time period where crimes against gay people can and were excused easily, b) the writing style ...more
The bad news is this isn't horror. The good news is it's as gripping and entertaining as anything Lotz has written. Shaun, a twentysomething gay guy in Ireland, finds out his uncle Teddy – who he'd previously been told was dead – actually ran away to New York about 30 years ago. On a mission to track Teddy down, he crosses paths with the denizens of the web forum, who aim is to identify the nameless dead. They suspect that a hitherto-unidentified murder victim, known as 'The Boy ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gripping, mysterious, and sinister!

Missing Person is a captivating, slow-burning mystery that takes us into the lives of Shaun Ryan, a young Irish lad whose uncle has been missing for the past twenty years, a group of online amateur sleuths who take it upon themselves to identify and pursue new evidence in cold cases, and a ruthless killer who may or may not be willing to kill again.

The writing is methodical and sharp. The characters are secretive, sly, and determined. And the plot told from mul
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel was also fairly interesting, but I'll admit the writing style and quirks of the novel (different from the style I'm used to) bogged the plot down for me.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller has a very modern feel , as it involves a website which attempts to identify unidentified bodies and link them to missing people. This group is in America, run by wheelchair bound Chris, who is the moderator and there are a group of other people, including Ellie (online name, Rainbowbrite) who is obsessed with the site, but found herself banned after an event, which we learn about later in the story.

Although is in the States, much of this novel is also set in Irela
Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz is a unique, intriguing, and captivating crime thriller.

The plot follows a group of unlikely crime solvers who meet through a Reddit style website where people discuss missing person cases. The page takes on a life of its own and people around the world start demanding justice for the victim of this long forgotten crime as a hashtag for the case starts trending. I feel like the whole missing person trope has been done a million times but this one had such a modern t
Liz Barnsley
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favourite it's a bit down classic lines for Sarah Lotz I prefer her more mentally challenging narratives. Still very good though an enjoyable thriller.
Judy Lesley
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Goodness me! This novel fairly drips with suspense and tension. Part of that comes about because the author used a plotting element I usually don't like at all - we know who committed the crimes almost from the start of the story. In this case there is a depth of character building that made me accept that person and learn who they are and care in spite of myself.

A website is devoted to helping match up missing people with the remains of unidentified bodies. This is not an official website, but
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

A mystery-thriller that’s more mystery than thrills, Missing Person by Sarah Lotz blends solving cold cases with social media, centering on a group of amateur sleuths who try to match names to murder victims who were never identified. But for Christina Guzman, founder of the website, shining light on these missing persons cases is more than just a macabre hobby. Still haunted by the loss of her mother who
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
By far my favourite book of Sarah Lotz’s is The White Road. Insanely atmospheric and creepy, it’s an examination of the thrill of discovery, the ghosts that walk beside us, and the quest for more – more thrills, more danger, more fame. When I read the blurb for Missing Person (which has changed significantly – obviously lots of edits were done, and the release date pushed back numerous times by my count), I expected to love it as much (if not more) than Lotz's previous novels.

Not so, unfortunate
Hazel Bright
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow, if I wanted to hear a lot of boring small talk, I could just go to the grocery store. Get to the point already. DNF
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Missing Person is an interesting character driven book about a group of amateur sleuths whose "hobby" is matching missing persons with unidentified bodies via a website. They are investigating a case dubbed "The boy in the dress" and have found a potential match. It just happens that the killer is actively "investigating" with them as well. The book was not particularly exciting and there were no big bombshells but I did enjoy the story overall. I have not read a Sarah Lotz book before and I wou ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
After starting this book, I was helplessly glued to it throughout. We're given a curious nephew, a family coverup, two continents, and several determined web sleuths in a dark, weird and colorful mystery that doesn't follow any typical formula. Indeed the villain in Missing Person has elements that remind me of certain real-world killers (as told in true crime books).

A solid 4 star read - and I've got my eyes open for more by Sarah Lotz.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Looking for my uncle Edward Shaun Ryan. Goes by Teddy. He left Wicklow County in Ireland in 1995 and might be in NYC. To my knowledge he hasn’t contacted the family since then. His current age would be 42. Irish, slender, five foot five (approximately), gay. If you have any information please contact...”

Irish bookseller Shaun Ryan is stunned when he learns that his late mother’s favourite brother, Teddy may still be alive and well. While Shaun had been told his Uncle was killed in a car acciden
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is great book following a group of online sleuths as they try to solve crimes through their meddling. With a brilliant twist and interesting storytelling format, I flew through this book.
Good fast-paced mystery read.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just loved this book it is my first by this Sarah Lotz and wow I was totally impressed with just how good it was. When I first read the overview I knew it was a book I just had to have and so I was thrilled to receive the ARC from NetGalley and it turned out even better than I was expecting. For me what made the book was the excellent portrayal of the characters who were all so different and all had a story to tell, the plot itself was intriguing and I found it to be a book that was difficult ...more
Lynn Williams
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars
More subtle in terms of horror but a gripping read
Missing Person was my third book by Sarah Lotz and I can’t deny that it was a book that I couldn’t wait to pick up. This is an author who can really break out the goosebumps with her creepy horror. That being said, this is a slight step away from that style. I would suggest if you’re picking this one up having read the previous books maybe just adjust your expectations a little. This is a mu
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Murderinos, true crime fans
Shelves: netgalley
With the fairly recent explosion in the amount of information online, police aren’t the only ones investigating crimes. It is now possible to track killers, identify bodies, and to use familial DNA to catch rapists and serial killers without any specialized training and right from the comfort of home. There are blogs, forums and social media accounts dedicated purely to cold cases that law enforcement seems to have given up on. I can only imagine the relief to know what happened to your loved on ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
A mix of procedural/investigation suspense and "one of the POVs is a sociopath leading the other POVs on a wild goose chase." Not super high stakes, but has compelling characters and fairly engrossing "websleuthing" true crime angle.

The best way for me to describe this is it felt like a Novel. Not to make novels some hoity-toity thing; all books are novels, but you know the way some people think of a book as a Novel with a capital N? This book didn't feel like a straightforward commercial thril
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Mulholland Books and Netgalley!

MISSING PERSON by Sarah Lotz begins with Shaun Ryan, an introvert Irish bookseller. Shaun has always believed that his uncle Teddy died in a car accident before he was born, but he’s recently discovered that this wasn’t true. Teddy was gay and fled from his conservative family and county to move to New York. Shaun sets out to find him, but has no luck. His disfunctional family u
Mary Lins
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: complete
“Missing Person”, by Sarah Lotz, is unlike any mystery/thriller I have ever read! Its structure, plot, and premise is totally unique. The story is about a team of amateur cyber “sleuths” who join forces to identify previously unidentified “John Doe” bodies. I had no idea this was a thing, but a quick Google search led me to a 2017 article titled: “The Searchers: Amateur Web Sleuths Are Teaming Up to Solve Cold Cases Online”. Lotz brilliantly grabs this premise AND introduces some savvy twists, f ...more
Can you imagine discovering that your uncle, who you thought had been dead for 20 years, had actually been sent to New York by his family because of certain shameful actions he had been involved in? That’s what happens to Shaun, a young, gay, Irish man and he is immediately determined to find out what happened to his uncle.

In the states there is a website run by a strong willed woman by the name of Chris. This website has been set up to match dead bodies with their identities. She is determined
andrew y
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-19
this one comes out of nowhere. the first time I've read about people existing in the digital age that reads 100% real, with personalities on and off screen matching or contrasting the way they do in reality. not one technical detail invented for the sake of plot - everything felt very researched, right down to the fake reddit posts (no i dont use reddit but i used to okay im sorry i already did my time).

I think that is the magic that made this book eminently readable and one of the rare few I co
Angela Smith
This book came close to getting a 5* review from me, especially because I had trouble putting it down while reading and often found myself up to the small hours trying to get in *just one more chapter*

The book chapters are set out by the user names of a U.S. forum called Missing Linc that looks for missing persons. There has been a case long unsolved of a young man who was found murdered back in the 90's. The unidentified boy is called "The boy in the dress" because he was literally found murde
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Totally boring and unbelievable. Very disappointing
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

A huge thank you to HBG Canada for not only sending me an early copy but sending me a beautiful finished copy!

This was a very interesting book, and I say that in the best way possible! Going into Missing Person I knew very little about the plot, in this book we follow 22-year-old Shaun. Since his mother passed away a few years back he’s been hit with so many struggles, one of which was losing his family home and drifting further away from his living relatives. Now Shaun is having to live
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Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. ...more

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