Missing Rebecca: A Mystery of High Crimes and Dark Shadows

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Death and deception. After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry, knowing almost nothing of each other's backgrounds. Only months later, on an afternoon shopping trip to a mall in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Cheektowaga, Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted. Or did she make herself disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean ...
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Overview

Death and deception. After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry, knowing almost nothing of each other's backgrounds. Only months later, on an afternoon shopping trip to a mall in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Cheektowaga, Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted. Or did she make herself disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean billions of dollars, and holding on to that exclusivity might lead to lies, deceit, corruption, payoffs, and even murder.
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Mystery novelist Simpson (A Debt of Death, 2008, etc.) weaves a twist-filled tale of deception about a young wife who disappears at a mall in upstate New York. Like Gillian Flynn's best-selling Gone Girl (2012), this novel begins with the disappearance of a young wife. Rebecca vanishes while she and her husband, Liam, are shopping at the Bennett Mall in Cheektowaga, N.Y., near Buffalo, just months after they married. At first, Rebecca's disappearance looks like an abduction, but the issue becomes murkier as the novel fills in the background on the newlyweds' relationship. The couple met at a medical conference in Florida; in passages about those first encounters, readers feel that Rebecca is playing Liam from the start. She agrees with him perhaps too readily and, as she entices him sexually, avoids talking about her past. Why does she do it? What's her game? These questions lie at the heart of the novel but never become as urgent as they should. Both members of the couple are so self-absorbed that readers don't feel the love between them in a way that would make Liam's reactions to Rebecca's disappearance poignant. Liam has tense confrontations with a security guard and with the police after his wife vanishes, which help keep the plot moving swiftly but don't answer basic questions about his character: Does he really miss Rebecca? Or is he, not Rebecca, playing a role? Even if the characters remain flat, however, the story has a full-throttle pace that maintains interest. Simpson also structures the novel as a series of date-stamped sections that help readers keep track of events. The writing is clean but sometimes has redundancies: "Peters would have been able to avoid the kick and disarm Sven in one motion had the old man's move not come as such a surprise that it caught Peters completely off guard." The novel contains strong language but nothing unfamiliar to readers who watch R-rated thrillers. The unfolding mystery--not the characters--will keep readers interested in this dark tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475266603
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    a fun read

    This novel is a whirl wind of plots and turns within the greater plot. It makes it an interesting read, keeps you on your toes and gives you a surprise ending. Each character plays his or her own game of deception, mostly for their own gain. To put this novel in one sentence: everything is not exactly as it appears!

    Just beware – there is a considerable amount of swearing and ‘effing’ going on. Used sparingly to enhance a character it does have a function. When used as much as in this novel, it not only loses meaning, but – for me – becomes quite disturbing.

    Also, it could do with some shorter sentences. It is easy to get lost in a 7 line sentence due to all the running up sentences and dependent clauses .

    Overall, it was a fun read and I give it a three-out-of-five stars.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    Rebecca and Liam go on a shopping trip to the mall only to disco

    Rebecca and Liam go on a shopping trip to the mall only to discover a few hours later Liam’s wife Rebecca is missing. With no witness to the situation it looks like Rebecca is kidnapped. Liam exhausts many options looking for his wife, but is he really looking or is he involved in something deeper? The two had only been married a short time which raises red flags with the police. The search for Rebecca leads Liam all over the globe. In the end he finds out she wasn’t what she appeared.

    This was a great edge of your seat thriller that I couldn’t put down. A great book for people who love adventure, mystery and thrillers. An author I will definitely be on the look out for.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Interesting. I was taken on a suspenseful journey, with so many

    Interesting.
    I was taken on a suspenseful journey, with so many twists and turns. At times those turns were good and I had to keep reading, and other times the turns made me dizzy, and I felt like the book needed to come together a little faster.
    I didn't love any of the characters, but I enjoyed the story the author put forward. The crime-suspense part was what I like, and it felt like I was reading an episode of Unsolved Mysteries at some points. That's cool by anyone's standards I would think.
    But I didn't love the book, I just liked it. Enough to read it all, but not enough to read again.
    Mystery, Suspense, Crime fans will devour it.

    2.5/5

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Overall, I did find the plot to be intriguing and easy to follow

    Overall, I did find the plot to be intriguing and easy to follow. I also found the introduction for this book was pretty good and this allowed me to get into the overall plot very quickly. The clues of what really happened to Rebecca were cleverly hidden so that the ending wasn't predictable -- I like that in a well written mystery novel. I also found the ending too nicely bring all the lose ends to a conclusion -- albeit not the conclusion that I expected. The other triumphs of this book are hard for me to name as I found some of character development to be lacking and the plot at times seemed rushed. I would of preferred more descriptive voice and a richer dialog between the characters -- if these two things would have occurred I am sure the overall affect would have greatly enhance the believability of characters.

    One example of how I felt the plot was rushed was the description of Rebecca's marriage and how the dating, proposing, accepting, and abracadabra she is married occurred in only a few days, three to be exact, and only took a few paragraphs in the book to describe, and only one paragraph that really gave me any detail about this event in Rebecca's life. While there are reasons for a quick marriage in real life and maybe also in Rebecca's case the overall affect of such a life changing event could have been made more genuine with a richer more detailed writing style of this important event. Below is the excerpt of the descriptive writing detailing this event:

    Three days after they arrived at Liam's house, leaving the door open to the January chill and tearing their clothes from their bodies as they scrambled upstairs to give the bed a pre-conjugal trail, they were in front of the justice of the peace and were pledging eternal and reciprocal love.

    I would of loved to read more about what Liam felt about Rebecca the first time she arrived at his house: did her eyes glisten, what were some of sounds that were heard from the January chilly day, what perfume was Rebecca wearing, what kind of clothes did she have on for the first time in Liam's home, did Liam enjoy his first time with Rebecca and of course the vice versa did Rebecca enjoy her first time with Liam? I could go on and on with what I found missing and what my mind was craving as I read this novel; however, I will just say that the overall affect of not being more descriptive made me perceive that the characters were not believable and the plot rushed.

    I found a number of grammatical, and spelling errors that are sprinkled throughout this novel. Maybe this was a first readers edition (I'm not sure?) before the final edition is printed and the final edition may correct these errors, but I can only critique the work that I was provided.

    One final word of caution for prospective readers of this novel -- the author has liberally used the 'F' word throughout much of the dialog and as such this novel is not for underage readers or those that are opposed to such language. I am not downgrading this work because of this language, but I did want to caution readers to what they will find throughout this novel.

    Who should read this novel?

    This novel will appeal to readers that enjoy mystery, and romance around a plot that will keep you interested from the first page to the last. Readers that would like a quick read while on a plane trip or just setting out under the sun will find the length of Missing Rebecca the perfect read.

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