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Missing, Presumed Dead

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  610 ratings  ·  133 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
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Greenwillow Books
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Alice 🔮
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
i want a ghost girlfriend
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!
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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

Now I have feelings, book, how dare you.

4.5 stars.

I love ghost stories. It's not so much about wanting to believe in the paranormal or wanting to talk about what is after death; that's not what draws me in. It's that haunting stories are stories about isolation. There's something inherently detached from reality in this kind of paranormal. They are stories about the word's hidden pockets, the in-between spaces, for the lonely and the lost. They are about the weight isolation has on a person, and
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
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 Again
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 a
rachel ☾

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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
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
(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
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 y’all really tripping. Why does this only have 3.8 something stars??? It’s so good
*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
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

“Even without turning around, I can sense Jane behind me, feel the gravitational pull of her. I can’t escape it; she’s like my compass, like a lodestone. I always know where Jane is.”

Missing, Presumed Dead follows Lexi, who, with just a touch, can sense how and when someone will die. Some think it’s a gift, but Lexi only sees it as a curse, one that keeps her alone and without any friends. However, all of that changes when Lexi sees the violent death of a woman named Jane outside a club.
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wlw
why did it have to be like this JUST WHY
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
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
I really enjoyed reading this! It wasn’t exactly what I expected but I loved the light fantasy elements and the mystery, and how well the two things blended together. The main character was very interesting in that she was very abrasive and angry, but it was very easy to sympathise with her.

The main thing that didn’t quite hit home for me was the romance. I love basically every and all sapphic romance but here it felt like the romance developed a little too fast, and though I enjoyed reading it
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy
Ignore the lackluster title and the complete dud of a cover. This book is a lot better than either give it credit for. It's an urban fantasy that follows a young woman burdened by her power as she looks for a murderer while accompanied by the ghost of the victim.

People with magical talents exist, but keep their existence quiet and band together for safety. Lexi works at a nightclub that mainly employs people with magic, but her main job for its owner is to use her power to talk to ghosts. She mo
A copy of this novel was provided by HarperCollins for review via Edelweiss.

There are five things you should know about Missing, Presumed Dead and here they are:

1) It tries a little too hard

In all honesty I almost DNFd Missing, Presumed Dead because of this aspect. I felt like it was just trying way too hard to be dark and edgy and instead came off as the opposite. I feel like a book shouldn’t have to try to be dark and edgy… that it should just be dark and edgy without a reader having to be tol
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, lgbt
Something about people being able to talk to the dead and magic just gets me excited to read a book. Apparently all in one day too. Started it this morning, finished by afternoon. Loved it!!
Normally, I don’t read horror books. This one was intriguing, and I kept trying to guess who the criminal was.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
(2.5/5) I cannot even begin to describe how disappointed I am at this book. I started reading it with all excitement possible but I found myself never quite into the narrative and a bit bored to get to the next chapter.
The world and character building are just... a mess. The whole Elysium thing is just so unclear and every single secondary character never got to their full potential, it always seemed like their names just appeared to create this illusion that their "unique" quirks symbolize the
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Lexi doesnt touch people because she is afriad of germs or people, she touches you she knows the date of your death and how. She also attracts ghosts.

So one night at the club she works at, she is jostled by the crowd and feels the violent death of a woman. The next day the woman is missing and has become Lexi new best friend.

this book started out with a bang, and had great build up, it took quite a while to get through the book as it went off in too many directions and when it got all reeled b
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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.

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