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The Missing Ones

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Sadly I wasn't a big fan of this one like I was hoping I would be, it was slow going which is ok , but there was times I just didn't like the main character , over all I'm still glad I read it .
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Second in the Hester Thursby series A complex lead character she  suffers from  PTSD which colors her life.Well written full of twists and turns .A series. I highly recommend,this series,#netgalley#Kensingtonbooks.
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3 for neutral, I tried on a few occasions to read this, but felt like I was missing something, because it had so many amazing reviews and I just couldn’t get into it.  Found out it is part of a series, which may be the reason I didn’t get as engaged as most.  Will update later, when able to obtain first book and read both, if I am able to enjoy the first.  Will update if it does end up grabbing me.
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Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don't want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.
Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote--the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm--and uncovers a murder.
Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . . 

This was a great suspenseful thriller filled with lots of suspense that kept me gripped to the edge of my seat.
This is the second in series but you don't have to have read the first one to read this one as enough back story is provided to bring you up to speed.
Well written plot and story line that keeps you gripped and guessing til the end.
The characters have been well fleshed out and found them very believable.
I will be reading more from this author and can't wait to see what he brings us next.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Edwin Hill for an ARC. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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The Second book in the Hester Thursby series finds Hester dealing with the traumatic events from the case she was working on previously. Hester and boyfriend, Morgan are raising Kate, Morgan's young niece, after his twin sister Daphne, took off. Trying to deal with the past, Hester is overprotective of Katie and finds herself lying to Morgan about her and Kate's whereabouts. Swearing off working on any more cases, Hester changes her mind quickly when she receives a mysterious message from Daphne. Calling herself Annie now, Daphne is living on  Finisterre Island, Maine. Will Hester finally discover the secret behind Daphne's leaving Kate behind? Has Hester walked into something more than just a case of finding Daphne? Author Edwin Hill has filled this book with a lot of twists and turns, making it, an edge of your seat page turner! I am looking forward to reading more from this brilliant author! I received a copy of The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill from NetGalley and Kensington Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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The Missing Ones is a complex mystery set in an atmospheric island off the coast of Maine. This is the second book in the series and can be enjoyed, in my opinion, without reading the first but I would recommend reading in order because Hester’s behavior will make more sense in context. The book is well-written and I think fans of mysteries with darker themes will enjoy it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Trigger Warnings:   homophobic slurs, drug use, ableist slur   

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own. #TheMissingOnes #mystery #suspense
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Synopsis/blurb.....

Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don't want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote - the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm - and uncovers a murder.

Soon, Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong....
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My take....

The Missing Ones is Edwin Hill's second Hester Thursby book after Little Comfort, and while it works well enough on its own, I would probably have benefited from reading the first one before this.

Hester lives with her boyfriend and is caring for her best friend's four year old daughter Kate after Daphne (the mother) disappeared a year ago. Daphne is also the twin of Hector's partner, Morgan. She is also suffering from PTSD after events from Little Comfort and behaves - from the outside - a little irrationally in respect of her day to day life. She has separation anxiety over being parted from Kate and she's been bunking off work for a good while and lying to Morgan about how she's coping with life.

A "come and get me" text from Daphne sets the wheels in motion here........ a thinly populated island, isolation, everyone knows everyone, everyone knows everything about everyone, or so they think, a ferry, secrets, secrets that aren't actually secrets, and ones that are, a missing kid, an un-missing kid, a drug house, suspicion of strangers, tension between the island cop and the State policeman, unrequited love, an affair, drugs, an overdose, another missing kid, an assumed identity, a dead body and murder, arson and more.

I enjoyed it without feeling it was the best book ever if I'm truthful. I don't think I ever truly sympathised or was on-board totally with the main character, Hester. That said her heart was in the right place in respect of trying to do the right thing.

I liked a few of the supporting characters..... the State policewoman, Morgan the boyfriend. The setting was interested with the island location and the inhabitants all at the mercy of the tides and weather concerning getting on and off the place. There's a moment near the end which gave me pause for thought - totally jaw-dropping - and which I wasn't 100% sure I understood correctly. If it means what I think it means - WTF. I'm guessing there may be repercussions further down the road.

Decent plot, reasonable pace. I liked the author's style of writing and the narration of the story. I wasn't totally invested in the outcome, probably because I couldn't really feel much of anything for Hester, other than mild irritation maybe.


Enjoyable overall, just missing any real spark for me.

3.5 from 5

Read - October, 2019
Published - 2019
Page count - 261
Source - Net Galley
Format - ePub read on laptop

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Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder. Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .

My Review:
The second in the series The Missing Ones is full of mystery and intrigue. I have not read the first one, but feel this novel can be read as a standalone. The characters are well written and easy to follow. The novel kept me interested until the very end.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. If you enjoy a good mystery book, then this is the book for you.
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Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Edwin Hill for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Missing Ones. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

I was so fortunate to have been sent not one but two books from Kensington. I was sent Edwin Hill’s first book in the series “Little Comfort” and the latest one “The Missing Ones” which I was very interested in reading. Sent hard copies at that - actual books I can hold in my hands - yippee!!! I was very excited to read both of them but decided to read “The Missing Ones” first since that was the one I was originally interested in. 

I can tell you that this works as a standalone. There is history but nothing that detracts from the story being told. We find the main character, Hester Thursby, has been taking care of her best friend’s four-year-old daughter Kate for the past year. Daphne, the mother, left a note saying she would be gone for an hour and never came back. Hester is also in a relationship with Kate’s twin brother, Morgan. Meanwhile, on Finisterre Island, island life is a challenge. The tourists come and go but the islanders never escape. There are real problems now. Drugs have invaded the island and are turning the locals into junkies. Children also seem to go missing and then mysteriously turn up days later none the worse for wear. Hester gets a note saying that Kate is on the island and in trouble. Please come and get her right away. 

When I first started reading, I found that there were a lot of characters in this story. You have the story with Hester, Morgan, the girl, and the missing Kate. On the island, you have Lydia who is married to Trey a cop, Rory her childhood friend who is secretly in love with her and also a cop. There are the drug addicts including Rory’s brother, Annie, Frankie and Seth. There is Vaughn the fisherman who is another islander that grew up with Lydia and Rory. I had enough faith that all the stories would meet up and reveal how they were interconnected. Each group had its own interesting storyline, so I wasn’t in any rush. I was able to keep track of who’s who as sometimes there can be so many people I am constantly referring back to try and remember who they are.

The story was interesting and I had a vested interest in finding out if Daphne would come back for her child. The part I didn’t understand was the mystery with the children. Since it is the title of the book I was expecting that it would have held more interest. It was a little confusing. I was interested enough to want to go back and find out what happened to Hester in the first book. There was some trauma there and I liked the characters enough I will read “Little Comfort” next.
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I am a big fan of Edwin Hill’s Hester Thursby series and this 2nd novel is a solid addition to the series. Hester Thursby has a distinct personality and I really enjoy learning more of her backstory. I would recommend reading this in series order so as not to get confused. 
Thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and the author Edwin Hill for a digital review copy. This book was first published August 27, 2019.
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I love how the book to the missing ones Carries On from Little Comfort book 1.. Hester is looking for her missing sister in law. now she calls herself Annie. She's on the island living in a deserted house that has been boarded up squatters tend to be here.
The place smells really bad both of old tuna sitting on the table not a place you really want to be but Hester, is not giving up on her best friend and sister-in-law trying to find Kate's Mom.
She and Morgan that is Annie's Twin Brother.  But while she's on the island she has found another dead body.. thank you Nick gallery for letting me review this book...
She has come to the island with kate.. wanting to find Annie.. always looking for the missing ones.. she is a librarian back home.. but there's a lot to this story that I definitely don't want to tell you should pick up the book read it and read it for yourself I truly enjoyed these stories..Edwin Hill has done a fantastic job on both books looking forward to more stories thank you..
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The lead character in this book, Hester Thursby, suffered a traumatic event after using her mad librarian research skills to find missing people. As I didn't read the first book, Little Comfort, I am not entirely sure. And therein lies my quibble. Too many characters that I was a tad confused at first. Getting past that, the book developed into an interesting and unusual twisty thriller with  a sucker punch or two along the way. Complex characters highlight this enjoyable tead.
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A mystery that will keep the secrets hidden til the very end. Another mystery thriller that will leave Hester running for her life, while protecting others. So much was going on in this story. We get to see the background story on Daphne and the reason for leaving her daughter and family behind. Two children go missing in Finisterre Island, it will leave your mind boggling on who could possibly steal a child in a small island? You will find drugs are taking over the island and cops cannot be trusted. The plot was well thought out. The characters will leave you loving or hating them. Hester will continue to be superwoman in a world that will rage all it's hate and anger at her. Overall, people just don't change and they have a closet full of skeletons. Great mystery with plot twist throughout the whole novel. Don't forget to read book one Little Comfort.
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The Missing Ones
by Edwin Hill
Length: 368 pages
4⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 of 2 in A Hester Thursby Mystery (2 Book Series)
Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.
Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder.Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . ............📒📫MY REVIEW📫 📒
Wow what a A dark complex, and suspenseful New England     psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages far into the night. Everyone is lying about something in this book. Who do u believe ?  The Missing Ones has more twists and turns than a roller coaster.  I think the book would be best read with the first one. I had not read the first book and was a little lost at times. Still a good book. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-Galley of this novel
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This is the second book in the Hester Thursby Series. This is aloo a stand alone read. It answers the many questions left from Little Comfort the first book. I recommend both. This was a good read. I liked that Hester is also a librarian. Hester is trying to move forward from tragic events in the past. She sets out to find her sister in law ona island full of secrets and adead body. This novel, well both novels touch on some serious topics such had drug abuse and PTSD. This was a dark and twisty crime thriller. I enjoyed it.
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The second installment from the Hester Thursby Mystery series, The Missing Ones, to be a pretty good read. I give it four stars.
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This is the first Hester Thursby mystery that I have read, even though it's the second in the series. It starts off with a 4 year old boy who goes missing on Finisterre Island in Maine. The rumor mill goes berserk, claiming that a local policeman named Rory did it so that he could play hero to the boy's mother when he found him. Hester is a librarian who is suffering from PTSD after the events of book 1. While I got a bit of an idea what happened, I really need to read book 1! Hester is headed to Finisterre Island after receiving a text that says "I need you." She gets to the island to hear about another 4 year old boy who went missing and then turned up. This story was so intense and had so many twists and turns! Every time I thought I would have something figured out, the author would throw another twist in. I felt so badly for Hester, locked in this hell from PTSD; so severe that she is unable to let her 4 year old niece out of her sight. She hasn't let Kate go to daycare or herself to work in a month. No one, other than the kids (& dogs), on the island was particularly likeable. Barbara from the State Police really had her work cut out for her. Overall, the author did a tremendous job on creating a very intense mystery and I can't wait to read more by Mr. Hill. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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The second installment of the Hester Thursby Mysteries is just as unsettling and twisty as the the first.

The Missing Ones finds our protagonist suffering from PTSD and trying to overcome her self-doubt and guilt of the events from the previous book. The story sends us to a island where a child goes missing and at every turn there is suspicious activity. Hester struggles to solve the mystery and keep her loved ones safe at the same time.

With plenty of twists and turns the author continues to build a world that pulls us in and keeps us routing for the good side.
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This story is dark, twisted and disturbing.....but completely mesmerizing. Hester has been caring for her best friend's child, 4-year old Kate, ever since her friend left unexpectedly. Daphne left a note saying she would be right back....but it's been a year, and she hasn't returned. Daphne is the twin sister of Hester's boyfriend, Morgan. Then out of the blue Hester receives a text from Daphne saying she's on an island off the coast of Maine and Hester needs to come get her. When Hester gets there she finds the situation is bleak -- the house is full of squatters and drug addicts. Not only that, but Hester discovers a dead body as well. There is a lot going on at Finisterre Island....and Hester wants to get to the bottom of it.

Wow....this was such an intense story. It was a bit hard for me to follow in spots. The Missing Ones is actually the second book in the Hester Thursby series, and I haven't read the first book, Little Comfort. I think I would have understood the situation and the characters a little better had I read the first book. But the plot in this story was strong enough to keep my interest, despite the fact I didn't quite understand the Daphne/Hester/Morgan issues. I'm going to backtrack and read the first book.....then re-read this one.

This book deals with some pretty intense adult situations -- drug addiction, kidnapping, violence, dirty cops. The story is not for the faint of heart. The suspense is wicked....and the story is twisted. Great read! I'm definitely looking forward to more by this author!

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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Hester Thursby returns in this second book of a series by Edwin Hill.  Hester has severe anxiety which keeps her from allowing "life" to get too close to her family.  She has closed off herself to most things she enjoyed before her trauma in the first book.  She needs a shock to be able to return to herself.  The shock comes as a call for help from her SIL and best friend.  Hester finds herself on the way to a remore island, accompanied by her 4yr old niece.
This series is very well written.  Edwin Hill has developed his characters and set them into a story line where they are surrounded by choices.  But which choice is the right one and what are the consequences if they choose wrong.  The story flows,  never boring...to me anyway.  Some twists I could predict but there were many I could not.  A good read that definitely places Edwin Hill and Hester Thursby on my TBR list.
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