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The Missing Place


The Missing Place
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"The Missing Place seizes you with its emotional fervor from its first pages and never lets you go. A remarkable novel."
   —Megan Abbott, bestselling author of THE FEVER and DARE ME

Set against the backdrop of North Dakota's oil boom, two very different mothers form an uneasy alliance to find their missing sons in this heartrending and suspenseful novel from the Edgar® Award-nominated author of Garden of Stones.

The booming North Dakota oil business is spawning "man camps," shantytowns full of men hired to work on the rigs, in towns without enough housing to accommodate them. In such twilight spaces, it's easy for a person to vanish. And when two young men in their first year on the job disappear without a trace, only their mothers believe there's hope of finding them. Despite reassurances that the police are on the case, the two women think the oil company is covering up the disappearances--and maybe something more.

Colleen, used to her decorous life in a wealthy Massachusetts suburb, is determined to find her son. And hard-bitten Shay, from the wrong side of the California tracks, is the only person in town even willing to deal with her--because she's on the same mission. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, these two unlikely partners question each other's methods and motivations, but must work together against the town of strangers if they want any chance of finding their lost boys. But what they uncover could destroy them both...

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Praise

2015 Best Mystery Macavity Award nominee!

"A disturbing tale...The two mothers are the unlikeliest of buddies, but when they learn how to work together their positively ferocious—and as brave as any of those macho guys up on the rigs."
   —The New York Times

"Moving...Littlefield maximizes the emotional impact of her character-driven cautionary tale."
   —Publishers Weekly (read the full review)

"A satisfying, icy thriller."
   —Kirkus

"Littlefield's writing shines!"
   —Boston Globe

"At once sad, frustrating, hopeful and enduring."
   —Bismarck Tribune

"A super-engaging mystery story... it's a gripping one."
   —Closer (UK)

"A modern crime thriller with a psychological twist... wonderful."
   —The Big Issue (UK)

"A story about every mother's worst nightmare...[a] really good read."
   —Fitness magazine

"I read this on one sitting, unable to leave the fray."
   —Suspense magazine

"A novel steeped in secrets and unspoken truths..."
   —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN

"Taut and suspenseful, fierce and compelling—doesn't let up until the last page is, breathtakingly, turned."
   —Jennie Shortridge, bestselling author of LOVE, WATER, MEMORY

"A remarkable story told as only Sophie Littlefield can, with depth, humor, and honesty. The Missing Place is a compelling and perceptive examination of just how far a mother will go to save her child."
   —Carla Buckley, bestselling author of THE DEEPEST SECRET

"Two resilient women, a modern-day gold rush, and countless secrets propel Sophie Littlefield's remarkable latest novel The Missing Place. Told with beauty and heart, Littlefield offers a powerful story of love and the strength that can be drawn from unexpected places."
   —Michelle Gable, bestselling author of THE PARIS APARTMENT

"A powerful portrait of grief, fear, and courage as two mothers fight for truth."
   —C.J. Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of FAREWELL TO DREAMS

"Strongly literate and is styled like an incoming tide, deepening with its rise. Thought provoking."
   —The Crime Book Beat (read the full review)

"I was absolutely blown away by The Missing Place. From it's beautiful writing, to the characters that perfectly balance each other out—it was amazing start to finish."
   —Me, My Shelf, and I (read the full review)

"An utterly heart-wrenching mystery that is so compelling, I found it impossible to put down...incredibly complex and intriguing novel with a well-developed and diverse set of characters."
   —Book Reviews and More by Kathy (read the full review)

"The Missing Place is an effective portrayal of how desperate circumstances and bizarre surroundings can prompt people to find courage and take chances they never would have imagined otherwise"
   —Book Reporter (read the full review)

"An edge-of-your-seat story whose characters will live long after you have turned the last page."
   —San Francisco Chapter, Women's National Book Association (read the full review)

"Equal parts tense and thrilling mystery and heartbreaking drama...Very satisfying."
   —Bookish (read the full review)

"Quite a few twists I did not expect... a great one to curl up with and settle in for awhile."
   —Running & Reading

"A gripping tale of deceit, hidden secrets, and an ending you would never guess."
   —Nerd Problems

"Readers who have an interest in how the oil industry is changing the nature of small towns as well as readers who enjoy strong female protagonists and relationships will enjoy this book."
   —Reviewing the Evidence

"An amazing tale...This book keeps you on the edge of your seat from Page 1 to the end."
   —Destiny Falls

"An emotional novel with plenty of twists and peaks and valleys, The Missing Place will keep you riveted to the page from beginning to end."
   —Bookloons


Gallery Books, Paperback, October 2014, ISBN: 9781476757827