Sixteen-year-old Brittany Howland only knows one other girl, Jolie Livingston, who can communicate with the dead like herself. When Brittany takes Jolie’s haunt fishing to get him out of Jolie’s hair, he mysteriously disappears. Brittany isn’t sure how she’ll tell Jolie she lost her ghost. Jolie thinks her dead best friend Drew has finally crossed over, but Brittany knows better. Just before Drew went missing, he revealed why he hasn’t hitchhiked to the afterlife, a secret Brittany swore she’d take to the grave.
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Dead and Missing takes the reader back to the Ripsters world. Brittany and Jolie have grown closer, and Brittany is really trying to get to know her father. When Jolie trusts Brittany with her ghost, Brittany does the unthinkable and ends up losing Drew. The Ripsters get to know the Guild more and learn more about their powers. Brittany, Jolie and Reece set out to get Drew back. This is a great sequel to Date with the Dead. The reader really gets to know the characters more and the world which they have introduced to. Brittany seems to keep running into trouble in this book, she just cannot catch a break! Sink into a world of suspense, ghosts, teenager angst, and magic! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In a departure from the first book, Dead and Missing has two alternating narrators, Jolie and her colleague and friend, Brittany, and it works very well. I particularly liked getting to know Brittany a little better since she’s so very different from Jolie and yet they share an affinity for the spirit world. Still, you have to marvel at how a diminutive goth-dressing girl and a bouncy blonde athlete who always dresses in pink could get along, much less be friends. These two girls also differ from the norm because Jolie is the sensible, rational one while Brit tends to be sarcastic and funny, sometimes rather W.A.S.P.-ish, and it’s that reversal of expected roles that makes them so appealing. Certainly they have their occasional differences of opinion but, at heart, they are sisters. So, could they really be sisters? That’s just one of the puzzles that come to light when Brit and Jolie set out with Reese and Hayden to save Drew, Jolie’s BFF ghost who has been snatched by demons or some such things. They also want to find out what the underground Paranormal Guild is all about and how they can gain membership, all the while being warned from all sides about how dangerous this group is. There are definitely some dark things going on but even more surprising is what the Ripsters find out about their own family members’ involvement in the world of dark supernaturals. Add to that a “lovely” little ghost girl who’s been dead for about three centuries and who indulges in biting people and let the fun begin! Ms. Myers has a third book coming in this series (trilogy?) titled Buried in New Orleans but I can’t find any other information about it. I’m looking forward to it and hope we won’t have to wait too long because I really do want to spend more time with these kids and see what they’ll be up to next.
There are some sequels which make me think 'ok maybe this series should stop now' and then there are awesome sequels like Dead and Missing which left me hoping that Chris Myers will be writing a third installment to the Ripsters books. The difference with Dead and Missing and Date with the Dead is that the reader now has two narrators in Brittany and Jolie. Brittany has a much more vital role in this book and despite the series of events which take place her tone remains witty and sarcastic, in contrast to Jolie's more sensible voice. The paranormal mystery in Dead and Missing revolves around the Ripster group, rather than an outside entity, as they attempt to solve Drew's disappearance and the secrets of the dark side to the Paranormal Guild. This means that the reader sees each character develop further, and I felt my connection to the story strengthen, particularly during the more emotional moments. Dead and Missing has more suspense, more romance, more demons and I certainly cannot wait for more from Chris Myers!!!