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Missing Persons (Kate Conway Series #1)

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Clare O’Donohue’s MISSING PERSONS is a delight to r

    Clare O’Donohue’s MISSING PERSONS is a delight to read, and the main reason is protagonist Kate Conway. An independent producer who has a knack for getting a good story out of other people’s misfortunes—and making them feel as though she isn’t using them, even while she is—Kate Conway is sympathetic and likeable, even when she’s at her manipulative best. “Is it just now occurring to you that I work for a television show that exploits people’s pain for ratings?” she explains to another character after she coaxes the victim’s ex-boyfriend to the scene of the crime resulting in the victim’s brother beats the hell out of him. Her crew breaks up the fight, but not before she gets the footage she needs. It’s all in a days work. She may be cynical, but at least she’s honest.

    And she does end up caring about the family she’s manipulating for a new show about missing persons. The angelic Theresa Moretti, who disappeared a year previous, is the subject, and Theresa’s mother is ready to recount all her good deeds. But Kate discovers some devilish disconnects as digs into the story, and comes up with a somewhat different picture of the young woman. When Theresa’s body shows up and she’s not missing anymore, the angle of the story changes. This wouldn’t be so bad for Kate if she weren’t also trying to prove her own innocence in the case of her almost ex-husband Frank, whose mysterious death at the age of 37 turns out to be poisoning. Kate is the beneficiary of his large insurance policy. The police find it suspicious. Kate could use the money.

    When the two cases seem to be merging, figuring out who killed Theresa Moretti, who killed Frank, and who might be threatening her puts a lot on her plate.

    Both cases hold the reader’s interest, and Kate is an excellent narrator who tells the story in an entertaining way. Although I was a bit disappointed at the end to learn how Frank died—I had hoped it would be more sinister than it turns out—I found the story compelling and I would definitely read the next in the series.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Enjoyable Mystery

    Kate Conway is a television producer working on crime shows, but she never thought she'd find herself smack-dab in a murder mystery. In the midst of a divorce to her husband of twenty years, she gets a call from her soon-to-be ex husband Frank's new girlfriend in the middle of the night. Racing to the ER, Kate discovers Frank has passed away from a heart attack. The doctor is suspicious, and suddenly the police are investigating Frank's cause of death, and the soon-to-be ex-wife, Kate, is the prime suspect. Not only is she the prime suspect While the investigation into Frank's death is going on, Kate gets a call to produce a new show called Missing Persons. This is a perfect distraction from her life. Her first Missing Persons case involves twenty-two year old, Teresa Moretti. Teresa seems to be almost saint like, but the deeper Kate digs the more questions arise and the list of suspects grows. Suddenly, it seems both cases intertwine in Kate's life and she begins to fear if she doesn't solve the mysteries she might just be the next victim. I thoroughly enjoyed Missing Persons. This was a fast paced action filled book. Since O'Donohue herself is a producer, I felt like I really got an idea of how some television shows are made. I loved Kate. She seemed so real to me, going through all sorts of emotions and self-examination. I also really enjoyed all the supporting characters. But most of all, I enjoyed the ending. I was surprised by the outcome of the mysteries. This isn't some dark dreary who did it book, but a fun entertaining who did it. I highly recommend Missing Persons.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Better than I expected

    The pacing and flow of this novel really worked for me. I just got into it and didn't put it down until I'd finished. The storyline has a few small holes in it, which is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, but all in all, I enjoyed it very much.

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