A Promising YA Thriller: Missing By Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of the Darkest Powers trilogy, knows how to craft an absorbing YA thriller and Missing is not an exception. In this  new novel, we meet Winter Crane, a strong, determined girl whose wilderness survival skills and sharp intellect are in the spirit of Katniss Everdeen or Tris Prior.

Winter Crane knows all too well that Reeve’s End is not a place where kids stick around if they can help it. Score of teens, including her sister and best friend included, leave the Appalachian mining town behind as soon as they can and are smart enough to never look back. But when Winter stumbles across a battered boy in the woods, she begins to doubt if everyone who left did so voluntarily.

Luckily, growing up on the wrong side of the tracks has left Winter tougher than most. Equipped with a quick mind and hunting skills, Winter is a formidable opponent for anyone for lurking in the forest shadows.

As any reader can deduct from the story of Armstrong’s new novel, the most important aspect of the novel is a plot which is shaped around the character of Winter Crane. She is a girl with dreams but those dreams seem far away: For example, she can’t wait to graduate and go on to college where she is determined to become a doctor. But living with a drunken, abusive father is a tough challenge. Therefore, the intrigue of Lennon, who is one of the characters in the book, and other kids provides her with a fuel to start a new journey and seek refuge from her daily life.

This story was creepy, action-packed and has great characters. Winter’s determination and attitude in particular is a notable aspect of the tale. Overall, we recommend this book to all readers who enjoy YA thrillers.

Our Rating: 3.6