Reading the sequel to a good book always makes me happy. The Missing One by Liz Lovelock is no exception. It was a gripping, fast-paced, whirl of a novel that made me turn page after page trying to figure out what happened next.
Since the characters are all the same in this book, with the exception that it’s told from Abby’s point of view instead of Melodi’s, it is still an absorbing read. As I stated in my review for the first book, The Lost One, I was really interested to read Abby’s view of things even though it was Melodi’s story. I wanted the inside peek on what I considered the bigger story as that’s what drove Melodi to do everything she did throughout the first book—everything she did, she did for Abby.
The Missing One is a heartfelt tale that brings the love of two sisters forced apart back together and expanded again. This book is a constant read; if one puts it down, I’d find it hard to leave. It is ensnaring and a thrilling page-turner. From Abby’s point of view, we get her side of things and why everything happened the way it did and why she did it. The story goes deeper than what Melodi ever thought it did and, by reading Abby’s side of things, the reader gets to go through that story and see it for themselves, along with the characters.
Along with the theme of love and hope throughout these novels, is the theme of family and what people will go through for their families. Not only do the sisters have each other, they have boyfriends and are learning how to start families of their own. They also have their parents and their love for one another throughout the book is astounding because they never give up on one another. That’s what love is. That’s what family is. Lovelock writes a wonderful story with these two books.
I would highly recommend both books to anyone who asked about them. I’m sort of a hard critique so it only received four out of five stars from me, but that doesn’t make it a bad book in any way. It’s warm and inviting and readers should check it out, not only for the story itself, but for the things it inspires as well.