And yet, the book is already a best seller regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of the year.
How it was possible?
Read my review to discover it.
The Missing Girl is unusually and fully different from other mystery novels.
The plot tells about a girl missed over thirty years ago, Gabriella, and her sister Anna, who is unable to forget this shocking missing.
It was 1982 when Gabriella missed from her town. She never came back home from the school. The two sisters, Anna and Gabriella, felt a deep affection each other. Their relationship was full of attention and caring. The world of Anna falls apart after the missing of her sister and the author has described this emotion very well. The novel shows all of the whole grief of the loss, as it can happen in every family.
But Anna’s family is not like the others. What is obvious for the other families of the village, is not the same for her family. Anna hears Dad and Mommy discuss in a low voice, as if they would protect her from some danger or secret. All the entire novel turns around the same question: What happened to Gabriella?
That is why The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana is so gripping and overwhelming, but there is another reason, as well. This is not the usual and boring mystery novel, where girls are kidnapped or murdered or buried under the soil of a wood. The Missing Girl is much more, because Jenny Quintana focused her attention to the spoiled and very secretive relationships between her parents and her relatives.
The author talks about a generation of liars, a small group of acquaintances and neighbors who are accustomed to have secrets. Under a blanket of lies, the main character of the novel, Anna, who survived to the missing of her loved sister Gabriella, does not surrender and fights to find the truth. The novel has been written in first person, the narrating voice is the one of Anna, who recalls her past with her sister through very poignant flashbacks.
The Missing Girl has been split into two important branches, our current days and 1982. Nowadays Anna is an established teacher who works between London and Athens. She never recovered from the missing of her sister. After 30 years, she is still obsessed and ready to do anything to discover the truth. Surrounded by a world of defeatists, including the policemen in charge of the investigation, she looks for the guilty who kidnapped her sister.
The personage of Anna reminded me the author. Jenny Quintana is, indeed , an English teacher who works between London and Athens and who achieved the dream to be a successful novelist. The human emotions are all in this breathtaking novel .
Sometimes, the central chapters of the story can be a little slow and boring, but then , the emotional strain grows and shapes a novel to read in one breath. And you? Have you read The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana? Let me know if you liked it.
Title: The Missing Girl
Author: Jenny Quintana
Publisher: Pan Mcmillan
Available on Amazon.