Missing by Susan Thomas

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Becky May goes missing on her sixteenth birthday and only her cousin Madison knows how and why. The police investigate until the trail runs cold, but as the months go by with no word from her cousin, Madison becomes frantic with worry.

Madison’s claims that she has had recent sightings of Becky are ridiculed on social media until she begins to doubt her own sanity. Her only offer of support is from her brother’s best friend, Jake Stewart. Madison is attracted to Jake but not sure she trusts him, so how much of what she knows can she reveal?

Forced to recognize the fact that events from her past have come back to haunt her, Madison is faced with a terrifying question. Is Becky dead or alive? She and Jake put their own lives in danger in order to solve the mystery that surrounds the disappearance of Becky May.


I felt a chill along my spine and the hairs stood up at the back of my neck, like that feeling you get when you think you’re being watched. I twirled around, making sure I hadn’t missed anything.

There was no one. But there was a car, a Jeep parked at the back under the trees.

What if Becky was in the car, watching me, waiting for me to come over? For some reason she didn’t want to be seen by anyone else. That must be it. She trusted me, but this was the first time she had found me alone with any opportunity to talk to me.

I approached the car carefully. If she was in there, I didn’t want to spook her. God knew what kind of condition she was in if she had, maybe, escaped from Ransome. Or maybe she was injured. But then how could she have run? My mind spun with possibilities as I crossed the lot.

There was no movement from inside the car, not that I could see anyway. The windows were tinted, so I pushed my face against the glass, shielding my eyes from the sun. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck, but all I could see was a mess of coffee cups and candy bar wrappers.

My shoulders sagged. I had lost her again. Each time felt worse than the last.

I went down the side of the Jeep, pushing my way past the shrubs. Just to be sure I rubbed the dust off a side window and looked inside. There was nothing but some camping gear on the back seat. The trunk space was empty.

A canvas hood came down over my head before I had a chance to realize there was someone behind me. The scream that got stuck in my throat turned to a grunt as the rough fabric was tightened around my neck and cut off my air. My hands were yanked behind my back and secured with zip ties.

 “Get her in the car.”

Derek Ransome.

I put up a pretty good fight, but it was over in less than a minute. My legs were tied, and I was lifted bodily and dumped in the back of the Jeep. I rolled onto my side, and someone climbed in practically on top of me. Something stung my neck. A knife? I was momentarily stunned.

 “Quiet,” a voice hissed in my ear. It was a girl’s voice. Becky? “Or I’ll cut you.”

Ransome climbed into the driver’s seat and started the car. I tried kicking and jerking to free myself, but shock made my muscles slow to respond. My lungs struggled to draw in breath through the hood. Still, my weak struggles managed to knock something loose. There was a metallic clatter as something slid across the floor. The girl beside me swore. “You little bitch.”

 “For God’s sake keep her under control, or I’ll come back there and deal with both of you.” Ransome sounded furious.

 “I’m trying,” the girl’s voice wailed. “But I’ve lost the knife.”

The car accelerated. Main street turned into a paved highway so once we were past the town limits what chance would there be of anyone noticing a struggle in the back of a car?

The Jeep did a sharp turn and gravel spun up from beneath its wheels. Now we were on the backroads. Each time we hit a pothole the girl and I were flung around in the back. There was a metallic click, a sound like a latch giving way then a cool breeze hit my face.

“Derek,” the girl yelled. “The hatchback wasn’t locked.”

My teeth gritted and I kicked as hard as I could. When the car jerked over to the side of the road and stopped abruptly, my attacker and I slid across the back and slammed into the door. The sudden whoosh of air was like the sweet taste of freedom. I flew through the air, landing heavily on the road and rolled through the dirt, gravel embedding itself into my bare skin.

Blind and bound, I clambered to my feet as best I could and began hopping on two feet. It didn’t get me anywhere. I was tackled and body slammed into the ground. This time I was barely conscious as I was hoisted back into the car. 


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Well written and developed story
Written by Cara F on 31st Oct 2023

Well written and developed story. Good plot full of twists and turns. Interesting characters and relationships among them. Good reality. All together an enjoyable read.

Great young adult thriller
Written by Missing on 28th Sep 2023

Great young adult thriller. Definitely purchased for our library. Students are drawn in with the cover and so far it as been well-received and passed around.

Ugh where to begin with this book! I absolutely enjoyed this book
Written by Kasaundra R on 4th Jul 2023

Ugh where to begin with this book! I absolutely enjoyed this book, not once did I know where it was going. The gaslighting this book has was insane I wasn't sure what to believe! This story starts off saying Madison's cousin Becky went missing the year before the day of her sweet 16 and no one has seen or heard from her since. Madison is recalling how close the two were growing up and how much she loves and misses her cousin as she's driving home. As she's driving down the road someone comes out on to the road and it causes her to swerve and crash into a tree. When she wakes up she finds herself not in her car but in a cabin used for "rustic getaways" with no idea how she got there or who brought her there. So she gets up and takes off to make it back to town. A she was sneaking out she sees the gentleman who took her and I careful to get away without him knowing. But that just the beginning of this amazing read! The gentleman turns out to be a reporter Derek Ransome who is in town to do a "one year later" story about her cousin missing. When she goes to the police station to report what she remembered the officers are the ones to tell her why he was in town and that he has already stopped by to tell them what happened and why he couldn't take her in to town since he only had a motorcycle. But Madison doesn't fully believe this story even though it's not logical he was going to do anything to her. Then she goes to a coffee shop in the following days and runs into Jake, her brothers friend. Jake Dawson is the school QB, smart, heartthrob and Madison has the biggest crush on the guy. When she orders her coffee he tells her to get them a booth so he can visit with her, Jake tells Maddy he wants to help her because he believes in her and that she thinks something suspicious is happening again. This story had me guessing the whole time about what happened to poor Becky a year earlier and I wasn't sure how it would end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and have actually bought a copy of it after release! thanks you netgally & overnight teen for this ARC it was amazing!!

A riveting suspense filled thriller than will leave you breathless.
Written by Charleann D on 16th Apr 2023

When Rebecca disappears from her sixteenth birthday party only one person could know something that could help find her but she's not talking.One year later Madison the only person that maybe able to shed some light on this mystery has an accident when she comes too hanging upside down in her car she sees Becky her face twisted but she can't hear what Becky is saying an she blacks out again There are so many twists an turns to this story you will be riveted until the very last page.I can hardly wait to see what's next by this multi talented author.

Good plot
Written by Ula on 16th Apr 2023

Well written and developed story. Good plot full of twists and turns. Interesting characters and relationships among them. Good reality. All together an enjoyable read.

Good story!!
Written by Wendy L on 16th Apr 2023

Becky goes missing on her 16th birthday, and only her cousin Madison knows how and why, but after a year with false sighting, the case has gone cold. Jake is Madison’s brothers’ best friend, and he is there to offer support and help, but does she know who can be trusted and who not? This is a good story which has mystery, danger, suspense, intrigue, family, friendships, emotions, and secrets. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Written by Prakarsha P on 5th Mar 2023

Becky, the pretty girl who is the life of the party, vanished into the thin air. She stayed with her cousin who was the closest to her. After a year of search, the police and her family almost gave up on finding her. But, what about her cousin? Is she really unaware of what is happening in her bestfriend's life? A decent suspense thriller which is easy to read. Suggested even for beginners. If this is the author's debut in this genre then I would say it is commendable.

A great, quick, clean read full of suspense and secrets
Written by Christi C on 5th Mar 2023

A great, quick, clean read full of suspense and secrets. Madison helps her cousin “disappear” only for it to become an actual disappearance. She has to decide if she will face her own part in the aftermath. I enjoyed this story. It would be appropriate for teens through adults.

Oh my what a ride!
Written by Courtney T on 5th Mar 2023

Oh my what a ride! I don't want to spoil but I really enjoyed the roller coaster this one sent me on. The only criticism I have is that it didn't keep going! I'd love to see an epilogue with the 2 of them.

This is a mystery written by a talented author
Written by Brenda B on 5th Mar 2023

This is a mystery written by a talented author. The characters are realistic, and this fiction reads, at times, like nonfiction. This story could happen. Teens are often not aware of the dangers they experience daily. The protagonist , in this novel, was careless and not always honest. Discovering the resolution to this mystery was obvious to the reader, but it was not, of course, to the characters. This is a good book for teens. This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review.