Among the Missing

Among the Missing

by Morag Joss
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Among the Missing by Morag Joss

An accident can end a life.
The same accident can begin one.

Three lives collide in the wake of an unforeseeable tragedy. When a bridge collapses in the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of commuters vanish into the freezing river below, swept by the currents toward the sea, and only an amateur video and the bridge’s security camera record their last moments. 

A woman tourist, whose car was filmed pulling onto the bridge seconds before it fell, is assumed to be among the missing. But in desperate need of money, she had sold the car only hours before. Now she can begin life over. Her path leads her to a spartan cabin on the bank of the river where, as Annabel, she is reborn, free from her past. Here she lives with Silva, an illegal immigrant whose predicament is compounded by the disappearance of her husband and their child. She waits for them each day, clinging to hope against overwhelming evidence. 

The two women are befriended by the boatman Ron, and together they create a fragile sanctuary in the shadow of the bridge that has changed their lives. They keep secrets from one another, yet also connect in ways none of them expects. Lost souls all, they struggle to survive, to trust, and to love even as the consequences of the past prove inescapable.

A masterly novel about the invisible ties that bind us to our identities, to our histories, and to one another, Among the Missing soars with the peerless voice of the author described by P. D. James as an “exciting talent.” Morag Joss, with the psychological penetration and the finely wrought prose that are her hallmarks, spins a brilliant tale of damage and reparation, suspicion and salvation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440423461
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 780,544
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Morag Joss is the author of several novels, including the CWA Silver Dagger winner Half Broken Things, which was also adapted as a film for U.K. national television. In 2008 she was the recipient of a Heinrich Böll Fellowship, and in 2009 she was nominated for an Edgar Award for her sixth novel, The Night Following. She is currently at work on her eighth novel, Our Picnics in the Sun, to be published by Delacorte Press.

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Among the Missing 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Donnas2cents More than 1 year ago
Dark and depressing, but simply not the psychological thriller I was expecting. Each chapter of this book is narrated by one of the three main characters (Ron, Silva and Annabel). Primarily, Ron is told in third person view, Annabel in first person and Silva in second person. Just when I was interested in what was happening with a particular character, the point of view would change with the next chapter. As the chapters tended to be quite short, approximately 2 to 6 pages, I found the narration to get a little frustrating and it was hard to keep my attention. The character whose situation I was most drawn to was Annabel, but as the storyline progressed, her situation just became more and more unbelievable. Once Annabel’s rental car was pulled from the wreckage of the bridge, and it was discovered Silva’s husband and daughter were the occupants, I expected the connection between Annabel and Silva’s husband Stefan to be revealed to Silva resulting in some sort of confrontation between the two women. Instead, the author chose to deal more with Silva’s emotional state over her loss and the day-to-day trials of living as a vagrant. Even Annabel’s husband Colin returning in the storyline wasn’t used to its potential. The author does reveal certain truths at the very end of the book, but it just seemed rushed and a waste to have waited that late in the storyline. The ending leaves you hanging.
BookCore More than 1 year ago
I wanted to update the review I'd already written, but the website is not letting me. I was sort of disappointed that it wasn't more of a mystery or thriller, but I got over that. It starts out with a guy who just got released from prison, which sounded promising. There was also a recently married couple - the woman has just told the man she's pregnant, and since he had told her before marriage that he did not want children, they are in conflict about this. Finally, there's a family of illegal immigrants. This book takes place in Scotland, but believe it or not, other countries besides the U.S. do attract illegal immigrants. Like I said, I started out looking forward to some good crime and detection, then was briefly disappointed when there wasn't any - then ended up liking the book as a fiction book. The way the people in the book change as the story progresses is interesting. The man just released from prison finds belonging again; and the couple (each on his and her own) come to feel differently about each other and the marriage and pregnancy. I was rather disappointed with the change that occurred to the immigrant woman's personality. I know that grief and loss can do powerful and strange things to a person - but the change in her personality struck me as something of a deus ex machina, to get the story moving along. Other than that feeling, though, I really enjoyed the book.
Autumn-Lite More than 1 year ago
The Book was interesting, if not very dark & depressing. The ending was incomplete. What happen?
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AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
A bridge filled with cars collapses in Scotland. The vehicle license plates are captured on film. Few people escape, some are found dead and the rest presumed dead, but are in reality 'missing.' This unfortunate incident entwines the lives of three very different people. One of the missing is Annabel. Newlywed and pregnant, she uses the opportunity to escape from a husband who has no desire to let her keep her baby. Ron, recently out of prison for an 'accident' and has no one to turn to. Silva, an illegal immigrant who is waiting for her husband and daughter to return and fearing it may never happen. The three are brought together because of tragedy and focus on Annabel's baby. As the story progresses, each of their true characters show through as well as their deceit. Each has their own hidden secrets and agenda! This is an interesting look at human character. This book will stay with you for a long time to come. Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine `
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Near Inverness, Scotland, the bridge collapsed. Cars fell into the icy water leaving many dead. However, not all who died in the tragedy are actually dead. Ron went to prison for vehicular manslaughter that left a pregnant teacher and several students dead. He obtains work with the salvage operation. On her honeymoon Annabel left her new husband Colin when he told her he wants no kids after she explained she is carrying his. She sold her rental to Stefan who was on the bridge with his daughter when it collapsed. Feeling survivor guilt Annabelle goes out of her way to meet Stefan's wife Silva who is unaware her husband and child were among the missing and assumed dead. Ron soon befriends the two women. Although the survivor connection between the lead players seems doubtful especially the ties of the females, readers will relish this terrific character study. Each anxiously waits judgment day as the months drift by knowing that their secrets will surface. Ergo the anxiety in their stomach begins internally terrorizing them. This is a strong psychological thriller as the terror comes from within. Harriet Klausner