Review of The Missing Place


Twenty-year-old Taylor Capparelli and Paul Mitchell go missing in Lawton, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Hunter-Cole Energy. The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a “man camp” providing room and board. The 21412157mothers of the two boys come to Lawton to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance. Shay Capparelli, a 41-year-old single grandmother, has more grit than resources; for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Mitchell, the opposite is true. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each others’ methods and motivations – but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their sons employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.  (Goodreads)


I thought this book was a good read, especially the first three quarters of it.  During this time, I felt that the characters were well developed and I got to get a real feel for who they were.  Shay is a no-nonsense type of person and is used to having to work for whatever she gets. Colleen comes from a more privileged lifestyle  and is used to using her money to achieve the results she wants.  But as opposite as they are in their everyday lives, they are very similar when it comes to finding their loved ones.  They both are worried sick and want to find them more than anything.  

Until the two were found, the book was suspenseful and had me turning the pages to see what would happen.  But the last one quarter of the book became a little bit boring for me and was a bit of a let down.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not feel the same.  I liked the book but I thought the ending could have been better.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted contemporary women’s read.  I have not read any other books by this author but I plan on checking out more of her work.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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