I love the Popcast, a podcast about pop culture hosted by Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden. At the end of each episode, they do “lights,” a segment where they give their red and green lights for the week. Their red lights are often hilarious takes on society, celebrities, or trends while their green lights tend to be books, movies, and television shows. A few months ago, Jamie greenlit the book Unmissing by Minka Kent and raved about the twisted ending so much I knew I had to read it. It’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited, so I downloaded it and got to reading.
The official synopsis:
Merritt Coletto and her husband, Luca, have the life they dreamed of: a coastal home, a promising future, and a growing family. That dream ends with a late-night knock on the door.
Weak, broken, and emaciated, it’s Luca’s first wife, Lydia. Missing for ten years, presumed dead, and very much alive, she has quite a story. Her kidnapping. A torturous confinement that should’ve ended with her dead. And finally, escape. Racked with guilt over the beautiful life they’ve built, Merritt and Luca agree to help get Lydia back on her feet—it’s the least they can do.
But the more enmeshed Lydia becomes in Merritt’s family, the more questions Merritt has. What is it about Lydia that’s especially unnerving? Why hasn’t she gone to the police with her harrowing tale? What does she really want of them? The answers, when they come, are terrifying.
Because Lydia isn’t the only one with secrets.
My honest opinion of the book?
It was just okay.
Perhaps Jamie hyped it up too much for me, but I wasn’t floored by the twists and turns the last third or so of the book takes readers through. I also predicted the twist around the halfway mark. I’ve read a lot of thrillers and rarely does one leave me floored at this point. I felt Unmissing was a little formulaic and I could see where it was going with the whodunnit.
The main characters, Lydia and Merritt, were likable, especially Lydia. I rooted for her from start to finish, even though I questioned some of her decision making. Merritt was a bit of a cookie cutter stepford wife, but there was something about her I found myself drawn to. Delphine, the woman who gives Lydia room and board and owns a metaphysical shop, is often the voice of reason in spite of her new age beliefs and Luca… Well, I never liked him, but I’m not sure the reader is supposed to.
Unmissing is one of those books that I can’t say a whole lot about without blowing the whole thing, but Lydia’s return – and where she’s been all this time – is layered and the truth takes a while to come out. But when it does…
Read Unmissing if you like thrillers that are fast paced enough to cruise through while hanging out by the pool or on the beach but also aren’t expecting something with a fresh spin on the thriller genre.
I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.