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Among the Missing
by Morag Joss
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Delacorte, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The inexplicable collapse of a bridge in Scotland plunges dozens of people into the river below and causes a tragic loss of life. Out of this disaster, though, three people come together to form a strange and eventually very unsettling relationship.

Silva, who lost her husband and only child in the bridge's fall, lives in a small cabin downstream from where the disaster took place. Annabel, who survived the calamity, is taking advantage of her reported death to start a new life. Living with Silva for a while will provide a safe haven for the woman and her unborn child, allowing her time to sort out what she wants to do next.

As they rely on one another for solace and help, the two women's makeshift living arrangement is altered when Ron enters the picture. Part of the crew to clear the wreckage and rebuild the bridge, Ron operates one of the boats the construction men use.

As the bond between these three characters becomes tighter and they look out for one another, it is also apparent that all three harbor secrets they carefully guard. Unbeknownst to them, the things they are carefully keeping from one another actually link them together in an uncanny way. When the truth is finally known, the fragile life they have forged together is torn apart, with tragic consequences.

Morag Joss has built her reputation on masterfully mining the dark corners of the human heart and mind, along with the frailty of the human condition. Her character development and the manipulation of this unusual scenario make this one of her finest novels. If you enjoy stories with psychological depth, Among the Missing is a book you'll be thoroughly captivated by from start to finish.

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