Songs for the Missing

Songs for the Missing

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Songs for the Missing 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Mr. O'Nan's writing style. The book flowed for me. Not so much a story of a missing person (as I had expected), but more a story of a family dealing with a tragic event... day by day, month by month, year by year. Since reading this book, every time I have seen a missing child story, I feel an immediate connection with what the family is going through.
bhw1978 More than 1 year ago
Ok...So I couldn't let this book have only 2 stars. It is excellent. Now it is not a epic who done it. It is a simple story with characters who aren't constantly crying. They are coping. It is subtle...and extremely well-written. I cared about these characters. Read this book with an open mind...It is a solid read!! Thanks!
cindysloveofbooksarcCS More than 1 year ago
This is Stewart's 12 fiction book. This is my first time reading Stewart O'Nan's work. I throughly enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading his other books.

The books is about the Larsen family, the friends and a small town community dealing with the disappereance of the Larsen's 18 year old daughter Kim. Kim is a popular and happy go lucky kind of girl. She is a recent high school graduate who is leaving in a few weeks to go to college in the midwest. Kim disappears on her way to work one evening without a trace. There is very little to go on and nothing turns up.

The family is doing everything in their power to find Kim. Fran is doing media, handing out buttons, passing out flyers and seeks out donations to help in the search for her daughter. Ed is getting people involved in search parties. Finally with no leads or nothing to go on the media is no longer interested and the family is having to deal with their loss of Kim not returning home. The family continues to search and keep their hopes alive that they will find her.

Will their efforts pay off?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book is good, but O'Nan forgets about Kim and throws us into the life of the family and friends of Kim. Honestly, the book was not for me, but it could be for other people with a different taste. The author writes wonderfuly, but in some parts of the book, like the fishing and about Nina and J.P. reuniting, really did not matter, and did not add anything to the story. I was dissapointed in the end, but also glad that Kim's sister was finaly able to blend into a crowd and become unnoticed after all of that time being the center of attention for the family, town, and meeting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Songs for the Missing is not the story of Kim Larsen, recent graduate bound for college. Even though the story opens in her viewpoint, she¿ll soon be silenced. And all that will be left behind is her memory. Her parents, sister, boyfriend, friends and community will begin a massive search for her. It¿s their songs Stewart O¿Nan wants us to hear. Her mother and father will struggle and falter for a time before they grow into advocates. Her boyfriend will wrestle with guilt and her friends will worry about saving themselves. Her sister will grow from a fifteen year old in the shadow of her older sister to a young woman forever transformed by the time her sister was missing. This reviewer¿s not read any other Stewart O¿Nan novels, but will surely be looking to read a few more. The thing Mr. O¿Nan does best is tell the story in a matter-of-fact tone that is both tight and unsentimental. This is a rare skill for today¿s novelists one I truly appreciate. The story takes place over a number of years, but the passage of time passes effortlessly for the reader. Because it is so tight, I suspect that some will feel that it lacked something in depth, a fair argument. Songs for the Missing is a character driven, slow plotted story. The narrative is propelled by the voices Kim left behind, not by their actions. Like the story itself, the ending is abrupt and unyielding, a good match for the tone of most of the novel. When my own children were young, I avoided all books on this topic in fear of making the thought real. It seems, when we imagine this horror, that we would never survive, but what Songs for the Missing does best is to show us the everyday lives of a family taking each step in that horror filled world. Recommended for readers who enjoy slower paced, character driven stories or readers who have a special interest in missing persons, or readers who enjoy stories examining family/community relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had been longing to read one of stewart o'nan's books for a long time...he's a friend of stephen king and i had always heard good things about his books. i'm so glad i was chosen to read Songs for the Missing as part of the Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club. this book was wonderful. i tend to lean toward mysteries and thrillers and historial fiction, or the latest best seller, not all of which lend themselves to great writing. while the subject matter of Songs was depressing and sad and quietly devastating, i couldn't put it down. i felt as if i knew the characters, like they were actual people, and i found myself thinking about them when i wasn't reading, and after i finished the book. i totally 'got' what they were experiencing - i almost felt as though i was experiencing the loss of someone close to me. i thought o'nan handled each of the characters perfectly, male and female...from the parents, to kim's kid sister, to her friends...how they felt guilty for some of their thoughts or how they handled themselves in this horrible situation. i suspect Songs will stay with me for a long time, and i am looking forward to reading more of o'nan's fiction. he's a wonderful, true writer. this book IS a song.
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This book was really a great one -- it kept you engrossed from the beginning and I could barely put it down. I have read other Steward O'Nan books -- and this one was one of the best. Highly recommend this one
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JKtypist More than 1 year ago
Being familiar with O'Nan's honest and subdued writing style, I read Songs for the Missing with his mastery in mind. I was not disappointed. This is not a book filled with cheap gimmicks and emotional schlock. It is an honest portrait of loss and love and a family's desperate and often divergent attempts to reconcile the inconceivable. O'Nan, as evidenced in many of his works, is a master at the slow burn and he evokes such emotion with the gentlest of tugs here that he had me turning pages at a steady pace. An excellent book by one of today's best authors no one is talking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for so much more from this book. It was an okay read but check it out at the library instead of spending money on it.
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PHM1955 More than 1 year ago
Great book about what happens to a family when a child goes missing.
minwhartford More than 1 year ago
Sad but wonderfully written. I could relate to the characters and the emotions that they were feeling.
bookchick_508 More than 1 year ago
This book is very easy to read and holds your attention to the end. It gives the reader other perspectives of people dealing with uncertainty, change, tragedy, and loss.
samoht More than 1 year ago
During the summer following her high school graduation, Kim Larsen is working at the Conoco by the freeway. Sometimes she stands on the overpass and watches the cars bound for Cleveland, Toledo and beyond. After work, she and her friends go to the beach to talk and drink beer. Then Kim goes missing. Stewart O'Nan writes quietly, pulling the reader into the thoughts and emotions of Kim's family and friends. While the search for Kim goes on, those close to her try to cope, and that is the focus of the novel. Kim's disappearance causes strains in her family and between her family and her friends. This is not a police procedural nor a novel of suspense. But the suspense is there even as O'Nan writes of the efforts of those who knew Kim best to make sense of the situation, to go on despite the uncertainty of Kim's fate. Kim and her family live in Kingsville, Ohio, a small town on Lake Erie not far from the Pennsylvania line. O'Nan is obviously familiar with the area, and the book is full of local references. When Kim's mother says she's surprised the Star Beacon hasn't called about a possible, Kim"s father tells her she has too confidence in the paper. The Star Beacon is a real paper, and the feelings expressed by Mr. Larsen are common in Ashtabula County. O'Nan makes us care, and he does it without cheap tricks and gore. The characters in this novel stay with you long after you put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book captured me right away and kept me all the way to the end.