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The Missing Season

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devi
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Published May 21st 2019 by HarperTeen
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Lala BooksandLala
Her writing talent is undeniable. I fished this book in one day because I was so gripped, just on the edge of my seat. At least for the first half. This mystery revolves around a new girl to town, and an age old monster myth. I was sucked into the story right away, the atmospheric small town on a marsh, the tight knit friend group, the "is this or isn't this paranormal" vibe that I love.

Then it did what a lot of YA mystery does, adding cheap thrills, a heavy handed red herring, an unnecessary ce
Larry H
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.

Clara is used to being the new girl, as her family moves quite often to follow her dad's construction jobs. But she's never a big fan of the adjustment period, waiting to see how people will treat her, whether she'll be the loner with no friends or be lucky and make a friend or two, only have to abandon the relationship when she moves away again. It never fails.

When she moves to Pender, a depressed New England town, she expects it to go the same way i

this is the first book i have read by gillian french, so i don’t know how this one stacks up to her other ones, but i knew she was a pretty popular YA author, i saw a free ARC, i loved the cover, and i grabbed it with my sticky froggy hands.

this is YA written for the younger side of the YA curve. and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but most of the YA i’ve read seems to be aiming for that juicy YA/adult crossover demographic, so the difference is something i noticed when i wa
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
What a lovely surprise this book was!

I have been itching to read some Gillian French as I have had her books in my TBR for what seems like forever so when Edelweiss had a copy of this available I snatched it right up and since it takes place at Halloween I just had to dive in right away. I am still not ready to let Halloween go and for for the "other" holidays to take over my mind, body, soul, and wallet.

"Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed,
Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head,
Eat your nose,
Gobble you
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So so happy to have read another book by Gillian French honestly everything the author writes I will be in the first line to read.
I love her style of writting is so unique that it won't take you so long to fall in love with the story.
I have read "The Lies They Tell" that book is my first read of Gillian French and I absolutely loved it!
The author is not just talented but highly talented in writting books that in my taste or my opinion are the books I can easily call the best.
The author uses a te
If you enjoyed Gillian French's The Lies They Tell, you'll definitely be in for a treat with The Missing Season ! Crafted with the same atmospheric content from her 2018 release, The Missing Season is fine-tuned just perfectly for the reader to enjoy. Essentially a young adult novel geared for anyone 13 and above, I had to take that into consideration when reading this crime-fiction mystery.

Without going into too much detail, the story takes place in a town that is struggling to survive—it's
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Having enjoyed French's other mysteries I was really excited to see The Missing Season and knowing that another good YA mystery would be on the horizon.

I think I might have gone into this one with my expectations being just a little bit too high.

This book started out great. I loved the small town going under setting. The background on the Mumbler and the whole mystery behind the missing and dead kids and then...I don't know exactly what happened.

The mystery sort of..fizzled a bit.

Things weren't
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Clara’s the new girl in the town of Pender , her family had to relocate for her fathers job. The town is struggling and it’s filled with households that are lower and middle class. Clara soon discovers friends and their a group of some troublemakers that pull pranks and hang out at the skate park , and she’s taken under their wing. Her new friends begin to tell her about the local urban legend called The Mumbler. You see The Mumbler takes children ever year and it’s around Halloween and they beg ...more
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller
*Rating* 3-3.5


Gillian French's The Missing Season is set to the backdrop of a small town working-class town in Maine with a colorful cast of characters and an unsettling past that features a character named Mumbler. Pender is like so many other towns in America—a small factory town with a failing economy confronting unemployment and drug abuse—a setting we rarely see in YA fiction. Once again, Gillian has perfectly captured this
The Library Ladies
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Thank you to Edelweiss+ for sending me an eARC of this novel!

I’ve been racking my brain, but given that I lived in a fairly large metro area when I was a kid (and still do for that matter) I can’t think of any ‘urban legends’ that were prevalent in my hometown during my childhood. The closest I can come is when two mean girls in first grade tried to convince me that at midnight if you looked up at the sky you’d see a star that would automatically ki
Katherine Iorio
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
While The Missing Season by Gillian French is on the younger side of YA novels, this book seriously brought back some fun memories of my high school days! As much as I enjoyed the memories, this book had a rather disappointing ending!

Clara is a high school senior who has had a difficult childhood, having to move all the time and trying to fit into new schools. Now at a new small town, Clara has fallen in with a group of kids who hang out at a skate park. She eventually also falls for a dark skat
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

The Missing Season was my first Gillian French book, and it was an entertaining read! This is a YA mystery with light horror tones set in a small town. I liked the gloomy setup and characters. The descriptions of the setting are done well, and it was easy to get invested in everything that was going on.

I wish that the story would have been more focused on the friendship between Clara, Bree, and Sage instead of on Clara's romantic relationship. I feel like there was a missed opportunity here
S.M. Parker
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant mystery by Gillian French!!!
Book Smeller Jessica Prien
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I opened this book on a cold, chilly and windy night. That should have been the first indication I was in for a scare. The weather outside matched the overall feel of the book, giving me goosebumps. I didn’t want to put this book down, because I wanted to meet the creature lurking in the wooded area near the marshes. This monster is known as the Mumbler and to find out exactly what this Mumbler wanted with these naughty teenagers.

Clara and her family recently moved to town after Clara’s father
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, mystery, 2018-reads
This is probably closer to a 2.5 but we’ll leave the stars where they are for now.

“The Missing Season” blends urban legends and true crime when Clarabelle tries to start over in a new town when she quickly falls in with the troublemaker crowd who are happy to let her in on the local lore surrounding the missing kids each Halloween When someone goes missing and Clara feels like she’s being watched from the woods after her encounter at the marsh, the group must decide if there’s any truth behind
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A huge thank you to Gillian French and Harper Teen for sending me a free ARC of “The Missing Season”. Every town has one- their own monster that lurks in the shadows. So many stories are passed on about this monster to the point where no one knows what to believe. Is he real? Does he wait out in the woods? Every October in the town of Pender another kid goes missing. Parents are unsure what to believe, but the teens of the town know exactly who took them- a horrific monster known as the Mumbler. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The town of Pender is haunted by several disappearances of children that have happened over the years. They all seem to occur around October and the Halloween season. If you ask the other kids living in the former factory town they would tell you these kids have all been victims of the Mumbler. They would tell you that if you don’t make the right offering up to the Mumbler, come Halloween, you could be next on the list.

This is the story Clara, the new girl in town, learns from her recently acqui
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to HarperTeen for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

3.5 stars - rounded up for rating

Last year I had read THE LIES THEY TELL by Gillian French and loved it, so when I read the synopsis for THE MISSING SEASON I was so excited when I received a copy. A small town with an urban legend that lurks in the woods. As you know, I’m a huge fan of anything reminiscent of Slenderman and urban legends in the same vein. So this was a must-read for me.

This one is set in a small town and we s
Thanks to Edelweiss for sending me an eARC of this novel!

If I find out about a book that has an 'urban legend' element to it, I'm probably going to want to read it. So when I read about THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French, I was absolutely fascinated by the premise of kids who go missing during the Halloween Season and the supposed 'Mumbler' that is rumored to take them. Hoping for a solid mystery with creepy elements, I was lucky enough to receive access to an eARC thanks to Edelweiss. I final
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Clara is the new girl in a struggling town. She's used to having to move around wherever her father can get a job tearing down buildings. She's not into making friends but easily falls in with a group of kids that hang out at a skate park and drink and pull pranks. She falls for the mysterious skater boi her new gal pal has been crushing on forever. He's a storyteller who explains all about the supernatural entity known as The Mumbler being the reason for kids going missing and being found mutil ...more
Crystal Zavala
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author
The Missing Season is about a High School Senior named Clara. Clara has moved frequently as a child and she is always trying to fit in at her new school. The town she moves to is very small town USA. I grew up in a similar town. This town has an urban legend about "The Mumbler". The Mumbler likes to take children in October. However, the adults in the town have excuses for why all of these children go missing and/or pass away - they ran away, overdosed, were hit by a train etc. The local teens k ...more
Teenage Reads
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: 2019, advance-copy
Clara was always the new kid, the new kid that is almost instantly hated. Her father works for Cuso construction, a demolition company that makes Clara’s family move all over the New England area. With three moves in four years, Clara family comes into an area where many people lost their job with whatever her father is tearing down. Thus, Clara was surprised when Bree and Sage took her in so soon, turning their duo into a trio. Calling her Clarabelle, they take her into the skate park to i
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel this could have been better.

Clara has just moved to a new town, as usual, but unlike all the other times she was able to find a new group of friends—even if some may say they're not a good one—and even a crush. But this town is hunted by an urban legend, the Mumbler, who is said to take a victim every Halloween.

I really liked The Lies They Tell by this same author but I found it difficult to get into her style for this book. The elements are even similar, girl getting mixed with a possibl
Allison Aldridge
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Star Read (I wish I could give half stars on the reviewing system!)

Light Spoilers in this review but nothing really crazy!
I really wanted to love The Missing Season, but it fell flat for me. I was expecting a thrilling lightly horror based young adult novel, but it read more like a contemporary for me. The Mumbler monster wasn't fleshed out enough, and by the end of the book when the reveal about the monster is given, I was disappointed because t
abdulia ortiz-perez
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this from author for honest review.
What a great thrill and suspence it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspence, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beatting so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first Gillian French book and I really enjoyed it! It's a YA mystery with just a dash of horror. This is a true YA book with no crossover adult themes. The writing is excellent! I was invested in the characters and their story. Very atmospheric! This is a perfect book to read by a fire with hot cocoa.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 50%. The writing just wasn’t for me. It felt unpolished and I didn’t enjoy the characters enough to finish. Choosing to DNF because I wasn’t the right audience for this one sadly
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss Plus for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I was not sure where this book was going at first. I couldn't tell if it was a supernatural horror story (there is a creature in the woods!) or a serial killer type of mystery (watch out for those sketchy loners; they'll get you every time!) and it took a while to figure out. Even at the very end, you still aren't sure if you should be afraid of the creature in the wood
Brenna Clark
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC! This book was the epitome of a slow burn! We are dropped into a sleepy, small town with an air of tragedy that fills the lungs, hearts, and minds of the friend group we follow. Clara is desperate to fit in and make friends, and as the daughter of a construction worker who moves from site to site, dragging his family along for the ride, she is well versed in determining personalities and what makes people tick. It’s not long until she worms h ...more
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Gillian French is the author of three novels for teens: GRIT (HarperTeen, THE DOOR TO JANUARY, and THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen, 5/1/2018). Her short fiction has appeared in Odd Tree Press Quarterly, EMP Publishing's anthology Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups): Tales of Extreme Horror, Sanitarium Magazine, and The Realm Beyond. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine, and liv ...more