The Missing by Adam J. Shardlow. Book Review

THE MISSING by Adam J. Shardlow. Published by Libros International, £8.99.

Reviewed by Colin Leslie

When Nick Stuart wakes up, following a drunken night out, to find his girlfriend missing things seem bad but when none of his friends and family, even her work colleagues, can remember her, his world descends into nightmare.

Adam J. Shardlow has created a tight, tense thriller in The Missing, which will keep you guessing to the end. It’s an excellent psychological thriller. The protagonists sense of confusion, loss and helplessness are well portrayed and the reader sees things from a unique perspective. We can empathise with both sides as the quest to reveal the truth is developed.

If the book has a problem it’s an occasional spell of overwriting. We are sometimes fed long drawn out descriptions or explanations of things which have little relevance and consequently only really succeed in slowing the pace. That’s a fairly minor criticism however a more major one could be that the plot relies on a conceit of M. Night Shyamalan proportions to work.

There’s little traditional horror to speak of here but plenty of psychological torture and a fair bit of violence to keep things gritty, nasty and enjoyable.