02 August 2014

Misplaced Tour Stop!

 Dream cars have no registration plate...

One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doesn’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a parent too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found...

I was intrigued with this story although the language made it a bit less enjoyable the plot was solid and kept me interested.  The story took place in New Zealand so the terms and words used threw me off a bit and broke the flow.  The author really takes the reader to that location and creates an atmosphere that makes you feel you are walking the streets and calling items by their given name there. 
Adam use to be that normal teenager, rebellious at times, loved to do his own thing, played games and looked for the perfect girlfriend.  He seemed to have a close relationship with his mom and her parents and his dad appeared to be a bit inactive in his life.   One normal day Adam’s world shifted into the darkness of the unknown.  His mom went for milk but she never returned. 
We read how Adam begins to scan every face in a crowd looking for any hints that his mother is there.  Everyone he talks to from family to stranger becomes a suspect in his mother’s disappearance.  His anger at not having any answers and more questions than he knows what to do with begin to tear him apart mentally and then he meets Skye. 
Skye can understand Adam because one of her parents is missing as well.  She can see a piece of him is gone and a void that can’t be filled is only growing deeper so they begin a strong friendship that will give each other the support they need.  Adam’s dad finds it easier to move on than Adam does and this causes more angst for this teenager.  How are these people who claim to love his mom moving on when they haven’t found her or been given permission to let go of the hope?  Anger seems to be the only thing Adam finds in his search. 
When a body was found and Adam waited for his father to identify if it was Tiffany, Adam’s mom, he came face to face with how his future could look.  Exhaustion took over and he began to feel things that felt wrong and he was confused.  It took a trip to see his mom’s parents to finally find the answers that he needed.  His grandpa had Alzheimer’s and was slipping in and out of reality.  When his grandma sat down and explained that she understood Adam’s feelings.  I felt at that point in the book his future took a new direction. 
The ending was a bit abrupt and not how I expected it to end, but the book was full of emotion, twists and turns.  The suspense level was high and I waited for the answers to what happen to Tiffany with each turn of the page.  I was angry at how his father dealt with him and the situation and wanted to beat my kindle against the wall a few times but then that was the realistic edge the author gave us in the book.  If you are into the angst with additional drama in the life of a coming to age young man in another country then you will love this book most likely.   
Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review, Crystal. Thanks for taking the time to read the book, and for hosting it on your blog. L