Misplaced by Lee Murray
Date of Publishing : December 1st 2013
Genres: Mystery, New Adult
My Rating: ★★★★★
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…
There is so much that is amazing about this book. How Lee Murray manages to capture it all in one book is far beyond me. Misplaced is one story that’s going to keep you hooked to it until the end. I was beyond excited to read this book. It was the first “Mystery” book I’d ever read so I didn’t know what to expect. All I can say is that I loved it.
If there’s anyone in your circle that has gone missing and you never saw them again, then you know a fraction of what Adam—the male protagonist of this book—is going through. His mum stepped out to buy milk and that was the last anyone ever saw or heard from her.
Set in Tauranga NZ, Misplaced follows the now upturned life of Adam Creighton, who deals with a life without his mother—showing equal parts guilt, anger, longing and grief.
This is a kind of book that I wouldn’t say I connected with on a personal level—having never gone through this type of grief myself—but I can say with utmost surety that I’ve hardly ever felt for characters the way I did with this book.
I thought surely this would be a book based on the search parties that would go out to look for Tiffany Creighton but no. It followed Adam’s life and how everything—even his relationships with people—changed because of her disappearance.
There’s the police and the investigations. The bout of “awkwarditis” that the neighbours go through, not knowing what to say to him. Seeing his grandmother in an entirely different light. The visits to his grandfather—who has Alzheimer’s.
Throughout the book, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop—for the writing to lose its effectiveness, for the story to drag, for unnecessary drama to surround Adam, but thankfully, none of that happened. I was as riveted at 6% into the book as I was at 62%. It was bizarre to be so invested in a book that I even skipped a meal! (See: Rhea never EVER skips meals.)
The “thing” between Adam and Skye wasn’t romance. Not according to me. Let me rephrase.
Why I call this an un-romance is because Adam—when he first met Skye—wasn’t in the emotional condition to follow through with a romantic interest. He thought she was cute, sure, but there’s a big difference in his interest in her only once he starts to see beyond the fact that his mother is missing. Once he starts to at least try to live life as normally as possible. So what they have is more chemistry than romance.
Then arises the crisis of Skye’s own parent being missing. From there on begins a new adventure for Skye and Adam. Then the romance actually comes #didyouseewhatididthere
Unlike a few books that I’ve read this summer, Misplaced is more situation based that character driven. Sometimes, it got a bit too much for me too. I could just imagine what I’d do if I were in the same situation and then cringe and realize that I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of that.
Lee Murray has created poignant characters and a refreshing style of writing. Her clever use of prose and her almost complete control over the reader’s awareness is astounding. I was only so cognizant as Adam himself, which means that I couldn’t predict—not for one moment—exactly what was going to happen next. Her use of everyday life to portray the thriller factor of the book is just astounding.
Highly recommended and a definite keeper!
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About the Author:
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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