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Definitely a fast paced thriller - I started this book in the morning and was finished with it by the time I went to bed. Filled with twists and turns, it’s told from the perspective of Luca’s current wife, Merritt as well as his previous wife, Lydia, who disappeared 10 years ago and is presumed dead. I enjoyed this book and while the ending took me by surprise, I thought it was far fetched and maybe a little rushed.
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Unmissing is a new domestic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Lydia disappeared one day while hiking alone in the woods, just three months after marrying Luca.  Almost ten years later she narrowly escapes her captor and returns to claim her life. She finds that Luca is happily married to Merrit and they have a young daughter and a baby on the way. What will become of Lydia? Especially when everyone has secrets they are carrying…

This story is intriguing and plot driven. We find more and more out along the way, with crazy twists, turns, and surprising revelations along the way. I was definitely caught off guard a couple of times. The characters are well developed and the plot compelling. I didn’t feel I connected with any of the characters and would have liked more of their backstories maybe mixed in. But overall fantastic thriller and I would absolutely recommend to a friend!! 

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for this gifted ARC in exchange for a review.
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Once I picked this book up I didn’t put it down until I had the answers, and when they started coming, well, it was not at all what I had thought.
The author did a great job of weaving this story and keeping my attention, and did she surprise me, oh yes!
My mind was wondering why the new wife is befriending the lost wife? Well, we find out why!
Don’t miss this thriller, it is going to keep you guessing and surprised right to the end!
I received this book through Net Galley and Publisher Thomas & Mercer, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Unmissing is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat book, which I could not put down. One of my favourite books of the year. Highly recommended!

Thank you to the author, the publisher and Net Galley for providing an ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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4.5 solid stars. I liked the title, the plot and the book and completed it one sitting.

The story had enough twists and even though I had some suspicions about the real killer, it was not very obvious until the end, and it could have gone either way. So the book was compelling, kept me guessing and fun to read. 

The only downside is that it is a bit short. I finished the book in 5 hours which is unusually quick. There is nowhere mentioned the number of pages so I have downloaded the protected pdf, and it has 244 pages - it seems a bit short. So the pre-order paperback on Amazon for the full price of $12 seems too much. Instead I would price it accordingly. As it was going so well, the book could have had more development on the characters, maybe some flashbacks or a longer transition when we discover the real truth, in order to take the reader on the more rewarding journey.   

Thanks NetGalley for a free copy in exchange of the honest review.
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Wow. I definitely did not see that coming!  This book was CRAZY!  But I could not stop reading it!  Minka Kent has outdone herself with this one!
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Told from the view point of the two ‘wives’, the premise of this book was intriguing. 

Happily married, family man Luca Colletto has it all. Gorgeous wife, one lovely daughter and a son on the way, living a life of luxury which is suddenly flipped on its head. His missing ex -presumed and declared dead wife turns up on the door step and things start to fall apart. 

You know there is going to be a hell of a story ahead and you know that it’s going to twist and turn so it was all very appealing. Unfortunately, that’s where it ended for me although I enjoyed some parts of it I laboured through a lot of this tale a little bored. 

I really wanted to love it especially given it’s the first book I’ve read by the author but I just couldn’t get into it. I wasn’t super surprised by the twists although I didn’t pick them all perfectly I was still left flat and I felt the ending was just a quick wrap up. 

I hope everyone else who reads this book has a different experience and I appreciate the effort and time the author put into this story it unfortunately just didn’t hit the mark for me. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Thomas and Mercer for an advanced copy for my honest review.
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Luca and Merritt are happily married, living in a small coastal town. Merritt answers a knock at her door one day, and is met by a woman, Lydia, who claims to be Luca’s wife - who’s been missing for almost ten years and presumed dead. Unmissing will have you breathlessly ripping through the pages, as this book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Author Minka Kent keeps you off balance, as you know something’s not quite right, but you don’t know what, and that feeling propels the novel through a roller coaster of twists and turns. Loved it! 
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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ᗷY, ᗰIᑎKᗩ KEᑎT
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This book is a grab you by the first sentence book and it doesn’t stop there. Lydia and Luca were married 10 years ago, they were newlyweds when Lydia disappeared. After years of searching, they finally declared her dead and Luca moved on with his life and married Merritt. They have two children a young daughter and a son on the way. They also have Several failing restaurants and a wife who loves expensive things. It seems she helped bury them even deeper. One day Lydia shows up at the door and asks for Luca, Merritt doubting what she is seeing sends Lydia off and later they realize it is her.  Lydias suffered for 10 years at the hands of a monster, who’s done every horrible thing you can think or imagine. 
Merritt is constantly worried about Lydia.  
Lydia is going to get Luca back, she has a plan. 
And Luca can’t think, he’s stressed and freaked out about Lydia's return. 

How does this story turn out, HOLY CRAP, OFF THE DAMN WALL SHOCKER😳😱🤯!!!!
Like you have to read the last chapter again, and then maybe again. It’s a crayyyyyzzzyyy good book. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 S҈T҈A҈R҈S҈
Add this to your TBR PILE ASAP!!
Thank you to for this ARC COPY. I ❤️’d it !!!

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What’s worse than having your husband’s ex-wife show up on your doorstep? Having his current, and very alive first wife turning up at your door. Merritt and Luca are living the dream, with a beautiful home on the ocean and a young family when Luca’s first wife, Lydia shows up, looking half dead. Missing for ten years, everyone assumed that Lydia WAS dead. She tells a harrowing tale of kidnap and confinement and her brave escape. Luca feels compelled to help Lydia, and Merritt reluctantly agrees. But as time goes by and Lydia involves herself in every aspect of the family’s lives, Merritt begins to have serious doubts about the other woman’s story and what she’s really after
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Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Unmissing by Minka Kent is an unputdownable domestic thriller that will appeal to fans of Kiersten Modglin and her nonstop twists.  Honestly, I predicted one twist, but then another twist happened that I absolutely did not see coming. The book is told from two alternating perspectives: first wife Lydia and new wife Merritt.  Lydia was Luca's first wife when he was just starting his restaurant business.  She went missing 10 years ago and was declared legally dead.  Suddenly, she shows up on Merritt and Luca's doorstop.  She claims to have been kidnapped and brutally tortured for years.  But is she telling the truth about what happened?  What does she want from Merritt and Lucas?  

Here' is a terrifying excerpt from the Prologue, which is from Lydia's point of view:

""Don't scream."
It happens in an airtight instant: the hand clamped over my mouth, the warmth of a man's body pressed against my back, the low rasp of a masculine voice against my eardrum.
I writhe and squirm, kicking him in the shins and clawing at his arms, but it only makes him squeeze me tighter, forcing any remaining oxygen from my lungs and rendering me powerless.
"Stop," he says. His breath is hot against my ear as the roaring ocean below muffles his voice."

Overall, Unmissing is a novel about hidden secrets and lies that you will not want to miss!  I had my doubt going into this book, since I have not read anything by this author before.  When the first twist, which I predicted, happened, I was ready to write off this book.  I am so glad that I didn't!  I did not see the second twist coming or any of the surprises at the end.  This is definitely a book that you need to read to the end.  One highlight of this book is the nonstop action.  The book starts at moment Lydia shows up on the couple's doorstep, and it doesn't let you go until the end.  I could not put this book down, because I had to find out what happened next.  If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of domestic thrillers in general, you won't want to miss this book when it comes out in February!
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I've loved every book I've read from author Minka Kent. This had me even more on the edge of my seat. Lydia Coletto has been missing, presumed dead, for 10 years. Her husband, Luca, is remarried to Merritt with a toddler and a baby on the way when Lydia shows up on their doorstep. What will happen next? Who has bad intentions? Why did I strongly dislike one particular character when I felt like I wasn't supposed to? 

I washed dishes with this book propped up beside me because I couldn't stop thinking about it and I needed more information. Kent is not just great at plotting, she writes well, too. I felt almost like I was watching the action instead of reading it.
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