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The Missing Ones

(Hester Thursby Mystery #2)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with
self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coas
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Kensington
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Jenny
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hester Thursby, the 4’9-3/4” librarian, heroine from Little Comfort returns in The Missing Ones. But Hester is not the same. The trauma she has suffered in the first novel have left her suffering PTSD - unable to work, unable to make decisions, unable to let four year old Kate out of her sight. Yes Daphne, Kate’s mother, has once again gone off, and Hester is left to care for Kate.
A text message if I need you is all that is needed to rouse Hester to action. Believing the message, the first one i
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Edwin Hill
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I spent a year sweating over this book, and you better believe I love it! Five proud stars. For anyone who read LITTLE COMFORT, I bet you have a question. This book answers it. That's all I'm saying!
Libby
There’s a lot to like in Edwin Hill’s ‘The Missing Ones,’ the second book of his Hester Thursby Mystery series, but by far my favorite is his ability to write cliffhangers and take the reader through highly stressful situations in a credible way, all while stoking the flames of suspense. Hester Thursby, our four foot nine and three quarter inch dynamo from ‘Little Comfort’ is back, and she’s like a little jalapeño pepper, fiery and direct. If anyone messes with her or Kate, they’re likely to get ...more
Tracy Frenette
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill

Thank you #netgalley for the advanced readers copy for an honest review.

This was a fast paced mystery about a lady named Hester who is taking care of her bestfriends daughter as if it was her own. Daphne is Hester's boyfriend's twin sister and her missing bestfriend.

Daphne goes by (Anne) now, is in trouble, she's been staying on a island Finisterre in Maine. She's homeless and finds herself in the mix of drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder, arson and so much more.
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Linda Zagon
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Missing Ones" by Edwin Hill, Kensington, August 2019

Edwin Hill, Author has written an intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful novel. This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mysteries. In my opinion, one would benefit from reading both books, but it can be a stand-alone. The Genres for this novel are Mystery and Suspense and Psychological Thriller. There is a dash of romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes back only when it pe
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Ann
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not every
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Cathy Geha
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill
Hester Thursby Mystery #2

Some words that I wrote down:
* obsession
* drugs
* sex
* endangerment
* murder
* tangled
* kidnapping
* crime
* thought provoking
* disturbing
* intense

Hester Thursby had a tough time in the previous book and has become obsessed with an almost irrational fear that Kate, a child she has cared for a year, will disappear or come to harm. She is really in a stew of her own making and doesn’t know how to get out of the hamster wheel she finds herself in.
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Maine Colonial
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, maine
I received a free advance review copy via Netgalley.

Here’s how I know Edwin Hill writes good crime fiction. He does things that I normally dislike in mysteries, but when I read his books I don’t care. There are small children, something I usually avoid at all costs. His heroine does thoughtless and risky things on impulse, something that usually makes me roll my eyes until they feel like they might fall out. And in this book, Hill features an opioids plot, something I think has been way too much
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Roxanne Spencer
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved the first book--Little Comfort--and had been waiting for the next in the story of Hester Thursby. The Missing Ones exceeded my expectations, and I couldn't put it down. Hester Thursby, the diminutive librarian with a side gig in finding people, is dealing with PTSD after her last case, and can't let her niece Kate out of her sight--even to go to preschool. Hester is drawn to Finisterre Island where drugs are causing trouble and 4-year-old children seem prone to disappearing, and mus ...more
Rosemary
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good series, will be looking forward to more.
Amie's Book Reviews
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series and I haven't read the first book, it did not hinder my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. In fact, THE MISSING ONES works well as a standalone novel.

Hester Thursby is not your typical heroine. She is neurotic, she is hugely overprotective of her four year old niece, Kate, who has been left in her care. In fact, even though she has a valid reason for being overprotective, it is still over-the-top. In summary, she is a realistic
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Juli
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is dark, twisted and disturbing.....but completely mesmerizing. Hester has been caring for her best friend's child, 4-year old Kate, ever since her friend left unexpectedly. Daphne left a note saying she would be right back....but it's been a year, and she hasn't returned. Daphne is the twin sister of Hester's boyfriend, Morgan. Then out of the blue Hester receives a text from Daphne saying she's on an island off the coast of Maine and Hester needs to come get her. When Hester gets th ...more
Jackie
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this second book of The Hester Thursby Mysteries some of my many questions we’re finally answered from book one Little Comfort. The book starts off seeing Hester fighting the demons from recent and past events and trying to move on from the traumatic events in the last year. Hester has been strong but the author shows the real struggles that people face after having to deal with trauma and the effects it takes on daily living and moving on. Hester has been showing the world she’s ok but insid ...more
Margaret Yelton
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill from NetGalley and Kensington Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.

This was the second book in the Hester Thursby series, I really enjoyed the first book, and now in the second it helps to find out some of the answers surrounding why Daphne left her daughter with Hester and Morgan. After the last book Hester is dealing with a major case of PTSD, yet when text by Daphne she takes off determined to help. I did find this book a lit
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Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone, though it does play off an ongoing plot and character arc. Edwin Hill decisively takes a stand as the skillful author he is with dynamic characterization and a creative story line. Hill brings our main character, Hester Thursby, to a beautiful setting only to unravel ugly truths. The book is a cacophony of suspense, devastation, and psychological mayhem. A great read. 5 stars.

I voluntarily read and rev
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Judy Lesley
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read the first book in this series, Little Comfort, and really liked Hester Thursby, the main character. That book ended with Hester recovering from some pretty awful things she suffered through so I was interested in finding out where the author would take Hester in her next case. He took her in a direction I don't like and it colored my entire thought process regarding this book. I don't like to read stories where adults put children in jeopardy or step away from their responsibility to thei ...more
Patricia Romero
After all of the awful things that happened with Hester in Little Comfort, I was hoping she wasn't going to be jumping into the fray again!

Hester is a librarian. With a side gig finding missing people. But after the last one, she almost died and is now out of that game. We think. Probably not.

Hester and Morgan are caring for four-year-old Kate, the daughter of Morgan's twin sister, Daphne. Daphne left a post-it saying she would be right back, but that was a long time ago and no one knows where s
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MaryAnn
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Missing Ones is my second Edwin Hill novel in the last 2 weeks and I loved them both. The setting of Finisterre Island was a wonderful choice - rugged, beautiful, both beachy and forested and best of all, the ferry only goes runs twice a day. You're either on it or you're not. What a great thing to use when your bad guy or good guy needs to hang around a bit longer!

The descriptions were wonderful, making it so I could easily picture the landscape, buildings and homes in my mind's eye. I real
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Autumn Is Azathoth
Second in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series, which commenced with LITTLE COMFORT, THE MISSING ONES is primarily set on Maine's fictional Finisterre Island, accessible only by twice-daily ferry, but jam-packed in summer by holiday revelers. As an enclosed and insular environment, it's perhaps more of a showcase for human emotions and frailties than, say, a city like Boston. On the island, everybody knows everything and secrets are hard kept.


Hester and "not-husband" Morgan have been raising Morga
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Michael
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got to read an ARC of this. It was great to see how Hester Thursby and the others have moved on - or not - from the winter events detailed in Little Comfort. The Missing Ones brings us to coastal Maine, and an idyllic community full of secrets. A great, exciting and suspenseful read!
BookGypsy
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series. This is also a stand alone read. It answers the many questions left from Little Comfort the first book. I recommend both. This was a good read. I liked that Hester is also a librarian. Hester is trying to move forward from tragic events in the past. She sets out to find her sister in law on a island full of secrets and a dead body. This novel, well both novels touch on some serious topics such had drug abuse and PTSD. This was a dark and twis
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Kathleen Gray
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Topical and twisty this is the story of Hester's desperate search for her friend Daphne, who went missing, leaving behind her daughter Kate. Hester and her partner Morgan (Daphne's twin) have had to make some adjustments to their lives to care for a now 4 year old but they love her. Hester's research skills are awesome and if she's an unusual heroine in this type of novel, well, I'm ok with that because she's interesting. When she gets a text from Daphne, she takes Kate and heads for the mysteri ...more
Susan Wisnewski
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley & Kensigton for and ARC.

Sometimes don't you want to shake a charachter until they understand that they are a hot mess and need to take on some responsibility?

Edwin Hill has done it again. The Missing Ones continues the Hester Thursby mysteries saga and is as enjoyable as the first. Hill has created a suspenseful, cat and mouse, will she find her won't she find her, can't put it down kind of book. His characters are well developed, the story moves at a great pace, and we'r
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Marybeth Taranow
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Edwin Hill has done it again. The Missing Ones is the second Hester Thursby mystery and was as good as the first.
It did start a little slower than the first one that hooked me from the first page. This one had a much longer introduction to characters before Hester really made an appearance. I almost gave up but I'm glad I didn't. I look forward to the next installment.
Heather Bennett
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Missing Ones is a great thriller that hard me hooked from the first chapter. The storyline and characters are interesting.
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone, though it does play off an ongoing plot and character arc. Edwin Hill decisively takes his stand as an author with dynamic characters and a creative story line. Hill brings our main character, Hester Thursby, to a beautiful setting only to unravel ugly truths. The book is a cacophony of suspense, devastation, and psychological mayhem. A great read. 5 stars.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of #The
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Kathy
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill is a suspenseful, character driven mystery.  Although this latest release is the second installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading book one, Little Comfort, as well.

Librarian Hester Thursby is still struggling in the aftermath of the events from her previous missing persons case. She is in charge of caring for her four year old niece Kate but her irrational fears about Kate's safet
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Tiffany PSquared
Despite her quirkiness and unconventional size for a kick-butt heroine, it's safe to say that Hester is not my most favorite main character of all time; however, as long as Edwin Hill continues to surround her with intriguing supporting casts and superbly layered mysterious plots, I'll keep reading and rating them highly. The next Hester Thursby mystery is expected to be released in 2020.

See my full review on That New Book Smell on release day, August 27, 2019!
Dianne Freeman
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first time I put down The Missing Ones, I noticed I was at the 42% mark. Uh-oh. How did that happen? I checked the clock and wondered if I could function on 4 hours of sleep. I managed and it was worth it. The next time I picked it, I finished it. It’s that kind of book. Hill skillfully weaves a mystery with threads that twist and turn but ultimately take you in the only possible direction—start reading and you’re lost to the story and to the characters, all of whom are a little messed up. M ...more
Cathy Garrison
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edwin Hill takes the reader on a non-stop, heart-pounding, roller coaster of. a journey in The Missing Ones. This was one book I could not figure out the end. Each and every time I thought ah-hah I would be wrong. This is a cannot put it down book with strong emotional twists and turns.
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Edwin Hill is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hester Thursby mystery series. His first novel, Little Comfort, was nominated for an Agatha Award for best debut. The second in the series, The Missing Ones, will be available in September of 2019.

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