Book Review : Misplaced by Lee Murray

Dream cars have no registration plate…
One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doesn’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a parent too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found…
Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.
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This story deals with the trauma and emotional roller-coaster that a teenager faces at the disappearance of his mother. She was home until the evening when she decided to pop out to buy some milk. Adam being a typical teenager did not pay much attention to his mom going out until a couple of hours later when his father returns and she is still not back. Then begins the frantic worry and paranoia. His father at first distraught seems to handle to situation better than he is. The discord in his relationship with his father is shown beautifully with the main events leading to it highlighted for the reader’s notice.
Adam then meets Skye, who draws him out slowly and seems to understand his pain. She has also “misplaced” a parent, her father left when she was small and now Adam sets out to help her find him. He believes that by doing this he can at least make one person happy. There is a lot more to this than just a simple story and the author tells the story really well. She manages to keep the reader hooked on till the end while dealing with all the emotions with delicacy.
Lee Murray has handled the story well and brought in some wonderful twists in the story. This story is worth a read and it will get the reader thinking seriously in various directions.

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