Thursday, 21 April 2011

Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie

For Review: Simon & Schuster
Published:  October 2006

From Goodreads:  Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren's life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her? She manages to wangle a trip across the Atlantic where she runs away to try and find the truth. But the circumstances of her disappearance are murky and Lauren's kidnappers are still at large and willing to do anything to keep her silent…

I really enjoyed this.  I find Sophie McKenzie has the habit of making me completely addicted to whatever she writes.

The story follows Lauren who has always known she was adopted.  But when she discovers that she might actually be the missing child of an American family it makes her determined to her biological parents. Unfortunately, it might not be that easy...
 
I really liked Lauren.  I found her very single minded in her quest to find out about her biological parents and what really happened to her - which at time made her come across as selfish but I could also completely understand her motivation.  She didn't just want to know she needed to know.  I also thought that her determination to find answers didn't really give her the opportunity to stop and think about the consequences of what she was doing.  Both in terms of the danger she was putting herself in and what the answers would mean in the long term.
 
I absolutely loved her friend Jam!  I loved all of his scenes and really enjoyed his relationship with Lauren - he came across as a great friend and just great fun to be around.
 
The story moves along quickly and I found myself reading this in one go.  I think my favourite part was the end - really exciting and I loved Lauren's decision!  I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything - it's one of those books it's best to read and discover for yourself.

I can't wait for the sequel Sister Missing when it's published this year - I'm really looking forward to revisiting these characters.
 

5 comments:

MiaandSofia said...

I've always wanted to read this. Now I want to read it even more! It sounds so good ...Great review :)

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

This is in my wish list, I am glad that you enjoyed it! :)

Jules

Cliona said...

This is one of my favourite books, ever! I'm glad you liked it too :) I'm SO excited that there's a sequel!

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Oh, love Sophie McKenzie! Have you read Blood Ties? That's a good one.
Glad you enjoyed it: I loved this book! Oh, and didn't know about Sister Missing! Yey, can't wait! Thanks for telling us and for the brilliant review! (:

Clover said...

Wonderful to see this review as I am hoping to read this book in the coming month! I'm really looking forward to it.

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