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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Morag Joss Narrator: Robin Sachs, Kate Reading, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781470802080
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“Whenever an accident or natural disaster occurs from which bodies may never be recovered, there is always somebody for whom it becomes a chance to disappear. There is always somebody who, believing that vanishing from one life is the way to enter a better one, will choose to be presumed among the missing; somebody who would rather be thought dead than have to say ‘I’m leaving you.’”

A pregnant woman, believed killed in a bridge accident in the Scottish highlands, seizes her chance to disappear from her uncaring husband. Determined to safeguard her baby’s future and reinvent herself, she befriends illegal immigrant Silva, whose husband Stefan and daughter Anna, as she alone knows, have died in her place. As the bridge is rebuilt, the two women build a precarious existence in a makeshift home by the river. While Silva waits for Stefan and Anna’s return and the pregnant woman awaits the birth of her child, they are helped by the boatman, Ron, whose devotion to them masks his guilt for a past disaster for which he must atone.

Each of them having crossed some bridge in retreat from the world, each seeking an ever-elusive peace of mind and struggling with displacement and grief, together the three exiles conjure an unstable mix of trust and distrust, compounded by love and jealousy, both parental and sexual. With the discovery of Stefan’s and Anna’s bodies in the river, the tension in their uneasy triangle mounts inexorably and unbearably. With the birth of the new baby only days, then hours away, it finally breaks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting, harrowing punch to the heart, Among the Missing is flat-out brilliant. About the secrets we keep, the lives we are desperate to live, and the chances we miss, it’s a psychological dazzler. Truly, one of my favorite books of this year—or any year.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

  • “Morag Joss is a writer who knows the old truth that genuine suspense comes not from car chases or gunplay, but from the clash of conflicting hearts. Her latest novel, Among the Missing, is evidence not of a rising talent, but of one already fully formed.”

    Thomas H. Cook, author of The Fate of Katherine Carr

  • “This remarkable novel has an abundance of suspense at its core, put forth in beautiful prose that all but glows on the page…Like most thrillers with a literary bent, this one spends time with the thoughts and feelings of the characters. In lesser hands, this can be stultifying, especially if the people aren’t that interesting. But these two women have fascinating inner lives, and Joss details them in vivid, propulsive language.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The harrowing collapse of a Scottish bridge links three lost souls as they lurch toward an even more horrifying finale…Joss builds the relationships among her sad trio slowly, through excruciatingly subtle modulations of tone. But the ending fully justifies every intimation of imminent doom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An NPR Best Book of Summer 2011
  • AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Mullins | 2/10/2014

    " This was a surprisingly good read. It's a story about having hope in the midst of tragedy and it affects the way people choose to live their lives.Each main character is given the opportunity to tell their story from their own point of view. That's what makes this book so engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/9/2014

    " Among the Missing - Morag Joss. Another audiobook selection, again really glad I went this route. Book is written in 4-5 distinct character voices. While story begins in the middle of several lives, they begin to weave a complicated web from many angles that leaves you wishing the reader would just hurry up. While reflecting on the stories a favorite old hymn crept into my mind..... 'blessed be the ties that bind...." Stout tones of heather and river water with a cruel karma aftertaste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/1/2014

    " Reasonably well written, but the ending was fuzzy and open to interpretation -- hate that. Subject matter was bleak, and none of the protagonists were people I'd want to spend time with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mary | 1/26/2014

    " Moody and dark with many odd twists and turns. This one makes a fine companion piece to her Half Broken Things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/17/2014

    " Joss has a killer premise here - it's essentially an inverted mystery, and smartly done. It's a fairly quiet book plot-wise and I sort of wish she'd gone in more of a thriller direction, but it's still quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/17/2014

    " I listenend to this book - reallygood book to clean & iron by - loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the book until the end, and the end left me in a place that I felt like the book wasn't worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/12/2014

    " Loved this book--Try the audiobook the voices are fantastic. Two thumbs up!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/8/2014

    " I have read - and enjoyed - other books by Morag Joss (Half-Broken Things; The Sara Selkirk mysteries). However, this was a dark, dreary, depressing novel. Good character development, but if I had known what it was like, I wouldn't have read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole L. | 12/20/2013

    " Despite a slow revelation of the plot, the author presented a very interesting story of the how lives can intersect after a community tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumnjs | 11/12/2013

    " I was enjoying this book and was very curious to see how everything would wrap up. I wasn't expecting to be handed a beautiful package explaining everything, but the book just sort of ended..., and I have no idea why Joss chose that path for this novel. It really took away from my whole experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/8/2013

    " Great book to listen to. The full cast reading helped define the characters. The ending left me as unsettled as the whole of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/25/2013

    " I enjoyed the writing, the descriptions and the plot. I was just so unsatisfied with the last two chapters and the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evelyn | 3/9/2013

    " not all all what I thought it would be -- obviously can't judge a book by its cover. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arminta | 1/30/2013

    " so ticked!!!! Worst ending to a book EVER!!!! I'm still mad that I invested time into it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 11/28/2012

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindall | 9/11/2012

    " This was an amazing book. The ending is not what you would expect but it may line up for a sequel? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/20/2012

    " Really enjoyed it right up until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Martemucci | 5/22/2012

    " A bit disturbing, but clever and well-written... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloria | 1/2/2012

    " Very depressing novel. Had a hard time and kept waiting for it to draw me in but I just didn't like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wind | 9/19/2011

    " This book was well written -- but it was depressing. And it really didn't seem to have an end to it either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynnwords | 7/15/2011

    " truly creepy climax...I like psychological thrillers but for me this veered into an unexpectedly dark place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie1750 | 5/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this read. It was well written and had interesting story line. "

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About the Author
Author Morag Joss

Morag Joss grew up on the west coast of Scotland. Her first novel, Funeral Music, was nominated for a Dilys Award, and her fourth, Half Broken Things, won the CWA Silver Dagger Award and was adapted for UK national television. Her sixth novel, The Night Following, was nominated for the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Morag Joss lives in Hampshire, England.

About the Narrators

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), actor and narrator, was raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His audiobook narrations earned ten Earphones Awards. His acting credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.