First One Missing by Tammy Cohen
I received a free copy of First One Missing from the publisher in return for an honest review.
First One Missing was somewhat of a mediocre read for me. I wasn't drawn into the story. The writing was good and the premise was great but there was something missing. I felt like I was reading it from the sidelines and it prevented me from getting inside the minds of the characters in the book.
The characters were well fleshed out but I feel that too much time was spent on the parents and families and because of this I found it lacked in other areas. The tension and mystery wasn't really there and although we got the odd peek into the the mind of the killer, it wasn't enough. The sections where it concentrated on the killer were the best parts in my opinion and although seeing inside his head was uncomfortable the book needed more of this. I found the story to be more about the grieving and after effects of the families rather than the psychological fear aspect of the situation or the twisted mind and reasoning of the killer. I know there was a reason to concentrate on the families but at the same time I feel this is where that missing something comes into play for me. There wasn't enough time spent working towards that particular twist.
That being said, it wasn't a bad read. It held my attention for the most part and it had a few twists, although I had worked out the twists before they occurred, but it lacked the psychological aspect and the on the edge of your seat tension that I look for in books of this genre.
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