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Missing, Presumed Dead

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  57 reviews
With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s he ...more
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Published May 21st 2019 by Greenwillow Books
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible."

Me reading the synopsis: yep, yep, sounds good, yep, I'm intereste - WAIT A SECOND. IS THIS QUEER?!?!?!

Thank you so much to Greenwillow Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
i will personally beat down every f/f author's door if they continue this underdeveloped sapphic romance trend where they don't get together until the last fucking page

Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last year I read Berquist's debut novel, Devils Unto Dust, and ended up putting it on my favourites 2018 shelf. Missing, Presumed Dead is another complete hit for me. As was the case in Devils Unto Dust, Berquist puts her main character Lexi front and centre, her complicated interpersonal relationships, and the difficult interior life she struggles to get out from under. Lexi can not only see ghosts, she sees dead people walking all around her: every time she touches someone she sees the manner ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I adored Berquist's debut novel last year and was so excited to see that she was, once again, coming out with something completely new and different.

It didn't take me long to pick it up and dig right in. I loved the whole unique concept of this book. With a blend of the everyday with a supernatural spin that sets it apart from others in the genre.

A mystery filled with ghosts and magic and things that can go bump in the night. A very unexpected hint of romance and you combine it all into a story
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why aren't more people reading this ?!!!

I really liked a premise and as a fan of the TV shows ghost whisperer and medium I was intrigued but somehow on the fence cause I didn't want to read the same old story.

Luckily that didn't happen first of all Lexi's power has more to it than seeing ghosts, knowing how and when people are gonna die was a really nice addition and it gave her an excuse for being a jerk most of the book. She was lonely and in pain.

Again I don't want to give things away but I j
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was immediately engaging with a main character whose horrible gift isolates her and leaves her deeply unhappy and lonely. A chance encounter with a young woman at the club where she works leaves Lexi drowning in guilt, as she saw the other woman murdered brutally.
When Jane, now a ghost, turns to Lexi for help, Lexi feels obligated to investigate, as a way to find who is targeting other young people, also with various "gifts".
Emma Berquist's story drew me in, and I empathized with Lexi
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Missing, Presumed Dead was a very unique story. It's almost hard to compare it to something else, I think that it's probably going to appeal most to the Buffy and Supernatural crowd. Basically we have a queer paranormal/mystery that takes place in our everyday world.

This was my introduction to Emma Berquist's writing and I thought it was really unique and strong. The story starts with our main protagonist Lexi, who has a very powerful, if not inconvenient gift where she can see can see how and
Vicky Who Reads
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was so good omg

literally so much love to this book (Lexi is such an icon and angry at the world but I love her) it's also f/f sooo
- ̗̀  jess  ̖́-
Listen, this book is everything you could want from a gritty queer urban fantasy. Murder! Ghosts! Murdered gay ghosts who don't fall into the "bury your gays" trope because, you know ... they're not buried! Missing, Presumed Dead isn't my usual cup of tea, but Emma Berquist's debut, Devils Unto Dust, was so innovative that I had to check this one out and I'm so glad I did.

Even though the main character, Lexi, isn't exactly likable, I loved her. It is, after all, understandable why she's jaded an
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

This was a pretty fun book! I was into it from start to finish, as it was quite thrilling! Let us talk about what I enjoyed!

•Lexi was a suprisingly compelling main character. At the start, she was so closed off that I wasn't sure I'd really form a connection to her, but wow I did. She is fabulous. I don't want to give anything away so I am going to keep this simple, but she learns and
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense
*Rating* 3.5


Missing, Presumed Dead is the follow-up to author Emma Berquist's Devil Upon Dust. One could call this book a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Protagonist Alexandra "Lexi" Ivanovich can see how a person is going to die just by touching them. She calls it a curse and for good reason. Doesn't really do much for relationships knowing the person you are with may end up dying. She's also been warned by her grandfath
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I don't feel like enough people are excited about Missing, Presumed Dead. Not only does it star a girl who can see your death with a touch, but it's a story about human connection, and, did I mention she's queer? Missing, Presumed Dead succeeds on a variety of levels. If you're in the mood for a book that delivers action and mystery, check. If that isn't enough and you want some parano
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
**2.5 stars**
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss for a free and honest review. All thoughts are my own*
I was excited for this book since I love her debut novel but this was very disappointing. The MC feels very one dimensional and unlikeable. The mystery wasn't great either since they don't really do much to find answers. Also the romance didn't feel right. The MC even thinks that she would prefer her love interest cruel and sad like herself which didn't sit right wi
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Not sure if it's YA, but it's not bad however you'll call it.

Lexi can not only see the dead but also when people will die the moment they touch them. And that's why she avoids all kinds of contact. Having dropped out of school, she works for the same man her grandfather used to, protecting others with magical powers. While investigating disappearances, she finds the ghost of a girl the same age as her who's been murdered and no one knows it yet.

Even though this is the author's second novel, I st
There are some kinds of books that affect you differently. I feel sad too easily; it’s why I avoid heavy hitting books.

This book started out heavy. Heavy in a way that felt too real and too raw. It has a character that’s... angry and unhappy and unable to do anything about. She narrates in a way that’s too real and cuts deep, maybe with that intention, maybe because that’s how she’s learned to be. Either way, Lexi is a character that affected me and I loved it?

I thought I wouldn’t be able to fi
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to Greenwillow Books for my review copy.

With a touch, Lexi can see someone’s death and has the ability to commune with the dead. Some say it’s a gift, but Lexi sees it as a curse – one that leaves her friendless and lonely. After a string of disappearances, one of whom is from her community of people with magical gifts, Lexi comes across a girl who is going to be violently murdered that night. Only this girl
Kate’s Book Spot
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The synopsis for this book really grabbed my attention, it sounded dark and exciting so I couldn’t wait to get started!

Lexi’s life completely fascinated me, her gift of visualising someone’s death if they touched her was clearly, and understandably, a source of discomfort for her. She seemed like a really tough character but I did wonder if that was just a front and the only way she could get through it.

There were some truly chilling moments that gave me goosebumps, Lexi was pretty much permanen
Warnings: mentions of suicide and traumatic deaths (including domestic violence), psychiatric hold

Rep: Bisexual protagonist and bisexual love interest; secondary queer and POC characters

Before starting the book, I forgot to read the synopsis again, so I went into it thinking it was just a contemporary mystery, but then I was delighted to see a paranormal angle to it, too. The world draws most of it canon from regular supernatural myths, with one exception - the ghosts in it give out heat, inste
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

Thank you Edelweiss, Greenwillow books and Emma Berquist for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Shoulders bump mine, and I grit my teeth as deaths wash over me in a sticky gray wave. I only get flashes, but it's enough; all these plump, dimpled cheeks, thick hair, and painted nails, I glimpse the way it ends. Throat cancer, aneurysm, pneumonia. They beam even white teeth, and all I can see are the skulls smiling beneath.

What drew me to this book was this unique setting: Lexi can see
A few years ago my friends and I had been talking about how we really wanted to have a a sapphic Anna Dressed in Blood. Missing, Presumed Dead is the closest thing I've found to that since then, and I loved it just as much as I had hoped I would, if not more.

Lexi is such an angry queer icon, I love her, and I'd die for Jane. I have a lot of feelings for this book, and all of it's characters, read it please.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Missing, Presumed Dead is a YA paranormal mystery that takes place in Los Angeles. The narrator is 18 year old Lexi (1st person POV).

Lexi sees ghosts. But she also can see how and when a person will die if she touches them.

I love books where the main character has psychic abilities or sees ghosts. So this premise intrigued me immensely. However, it's not just Lexi that has powers/abilities. She works at a nightclub and a lot of the people there are psychics or witches. This is where the book lo
Brenna Clark
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the eGalley of this book! I have grown up obsessed with the paranormal. I was an X-Files kid, a Twilight teenager, and now a Missing, Presumed Dead **somewhat** adult. Something about magic, ghosts, and gore has always kept me coming back for more instead of running away screaming. Lucky for me, this novel has all three! We are introduced to Lexi, who has a spectacular yet devastating gift. She can see how any person can die from just a touch. ...more
Kathy Martin
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lexi has a psychic gift that forces her to see how and when anyone will die if she touches them. She thinks of it as a curse. She is achingly lonely and hungry for touch but each touch means pain. When she accidentally brushes up against a young woman outside the club where she works, she sees the girl's brutal death and it makes her sick.

When she learns that the girl is missing as are quite a few other young people who were last seen near the club, Lexi goes looking for her ghost and she finds
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received an a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely devoured this book! I read it all in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down!

It was one of the most original ideas I have read in a while. The way the author createde and developed all the characters made you fall head over heels for all of them. I enjoyed that all of the characters seemed like they were just everyday people, even if they were ghosts, magicians, psychics, or mediums. I would highly recommend th
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Here's a fun dilemma:

What rating do you give a book that contains literally everything you love--a complex bisexual female protagonist, a gritty paranormal mystery, exploration of mental health, ghost girls, f/f romance--and executes most of them very well, but then you come across three or four lines that make you go, "I'm sorry, what??" and put a damper on the whole thing?

Asking for a friend. (Hashtag-I-am-that-friend)

Okay, let's backtrack for a bit. Missing, Presumed Dead is like the queer YA
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I read Berquist's debut novel, Devils Unto Dust and was wowed beyond belief by her ability to take one familiar trope (zombie infection) and mix it with other genres and create something new. Because of this, I should NOT have been surprised to realize that what I thought I was getting with this book (a plain old murder-mystery) would actually be SO MUCH MORE. I thoroug
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Wait, this is supposed to be a romance?! Not that it was not romance but also... not that much?

I only see a girl seeing how people die. A YA with an interesting cover. And interesting... yes, that it was.

I was also surprised it was not that heavy. I have, recently, read a book that just seeped with misery, even if the topic was "light". Or, I mean, no one was dying, their problems were "small" and it was still like getting a taste of depression.

Lexi is a friendless, parentless 18-old that sees d
Andy Winder
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premise of Lexi's powers alone are unique as they are compelling. I found the concept of being able to view another person's fate is fascinating–and because she knows she can't save Jane, she devotes herself to bringing justice to her death. Because we know from the start that there's nothing she can do to prevent Jane from dying, there is a bit of a heartbreaking tinge to the overall compelling mystery. But that doesn't stop Lexi's race to find out what happened and help Jane's spirit find ...more
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Emma Berquist grew up in Austin, TX and currently lives in New Zealand. She likes horror movies and dogs and dislikes brushing her hair and writing bios.