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So, I may or may not be sitting here completely freaked out Freaked out in a if you re sneezing or coughing GET AWAY FROM ME I DON T WANT YOUR ZOMBIE INFECTION kind of way I picked this book up randomly from the store where I work, and once I came home and found out it was the second in a series, I have to admit, I wasn t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did I rarely buy books because of blurbs, but when Sarah Langan was compared to Stephen King, and Peter Straub himself recommended this, So, I may or may not be sitting here completely freaked out Freaked out in a if you re sneezing or coughing GET AWAY FROM ME I DON T WANT YOUR ZOMBIE INFECTION kind of way I picked this book up randomly from the store where I work, and once I came home and found out it was the second in a series, I have to admit, I wasn t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did I rarely buy books because of blurbs, but when Sarah Langan was compared to Stephen King, and Peter Straub himself recommended this, I was like heck yeah I m reading this After reading the first paragraph of the prologue, I knew I was in for a good book I think what surprised me the most was the fact that Sarah Langan really did remind me of Stephen King Now, in my eyes at least, n one can come close to Uncle Steve But I see potential in Langan She doesn t quite have the literary finesse King does i.e I don t quite see brilliance here , but DAMN girl can write The biggest similarity to King that I saw was in the way Langan wrote her characters You re introduced to these characters, and within pages, you feel like you ve known them your entire life And they re real Not everything is hunky dory in these characters lives They have their frustrations, their addictions, their skeletons, and their demons Which brings me to another area where Langan reminded me of King she doesn t shy away from the raw parts of life She faces them head on and says it like it is And can we talk about the creep factor This whole book had me on the edge of my seat I was so anxious I even had nightmares the past two nights after reading this Part of what is so creepy is that as a reader, you watch as the virus spreads from victim to victim And you never really find out what these monster things arebesides pretty freaking evil There was gore, but a tasteful amount Enough to be gross, but it wasn t like a Saw movie The creepiest part though was that Langan dared to cross the line between fiction and non fiction, begging the question is this just a story Or could it actually happen Also, being worried about this being the second book I had nothing to worry about I wouldn t necessarily call this a sequel Sure, it picks up where The Keeper left off, but I don t think you necessarily need to read that to understand this one But now that I devoured no pun intended, I swear The Missing, I m dying noreallyno pun to read The Keeper A small town becomes infected by a sentient malevolence which infects everything in the form of a viral infection either immediately killing or changing its host If the host survives it becomes very mean and very hungry The initial infection occurs when the fourth grade teacher, Lois Larkin, takes her class on a field trip to the neighboring town abandoned after an industrial fire While there the teacher loses the class troubled child She is so heartbroken over being duped by her loser bo A small town becomes infected by a sentient malevolence which infects everything in the form of a viral infection either immediately killing or changing its host If the host survives it becomes very mean and very hungry The initial infection occurs when the fourth grade teacher, Lois Larkin, takes her class on a field trip to the neighboring town abandoned after an industrial fire While there the teacher loses the class troubled child She is so heartbroken over being duped by her loser boyfriend that she neglects to notice that her high maintenance kid doesn t come back from the field trip The child encounters a voice which then infects him via an animal bite The child, in turn, begins to infect his classmates Meanwhile a parallel storyline involves the local shrink, his cheating wife and their daughter What Langan does well are the descriptions of a small town and it s residents that are so wrapped up in themselves that they don t initially even notice the disappearance of animal life, their neighbors etc The dawning realization that something is seriously wrong and the characters attempts to stay alive while still dealing with feelings of guilt, betrayal etc within a family kept me up reading this book way past bedtime What I found lacking was any sympathy for Lois Larkin I found her whiny and passive so her transformation and subsequent major role in the book felt a little weak to me I also found the descriptions of how the outside world reacted to the crisis, basically the government abandons the town, could have been beefed up a bit There were also a couple of characters that the changed ones left alone and for the life of me I could not figure out why Their food sources were runnin glow after all so why leave the police chief alive and running madly through the streets at the end of the book A small detail I know but bothersome.Overall though this one was a page turner and it good to see another girl playing in the old boys graveyard In The Missing, the reader is introduced to small, affluent Corpus Christi, a neighbor to the gritty across the tracks Bedford, which was destroyed in Langan s earlier novel The Keeper That said, it isn t necessary to have read The Keeper I was only so so on that one, but there were a number of stretches in it that suggested that Langan was, as a writer, a considerable cut above the norm for the genre However, the return visits to the town are pretty creepy, and left me wanting to revisit th In The Missing, the reader is introduced to small, affluent Corpus Christi, a neighbor to the gritty across the tracks Bedford, which was destroyed in Langan s earlier novel The Keeper That said, it isn t necessary to have read The Keeper I was only so so on that one, but there were a number of stretches in it that suggested that Langan was, as a writer, a considerable cut above the norm for the genre However, the return visits to the town are pretty creepy, and left me wanting to revisit the earlier novel The story is told through a number of different characters, but primarily, through attrition, becomes the story of Fenstad and Meg Wintrob Fenstad is the local psychiatrist, Meg is the librarian On the Eve of Destruction, their marriage is in trouble How Fenstad holds on to his humanity, while defending his family, and battling his own demons, makes for the most fascinating thread in the novel The cause of all this distress, seems a bit thin and unexplained, considering the havoc to come On the other hand, there is something so visceral and horrific about the little boy s discovery in the woods that explanation seems unnecessary Bones Blood Death That s probably all you need to know or understand And if you recall, the details were not great when Romero s first zombie lurched onto the screen Sometimes less isAnyway, the days go by for Corpus Christi, and what initially seems troubling, people getting sick, acting strange, etc.,turns into something fardeadly Langan, who has a medical background, employs her knowledge of disease and symptoms very effectively without ever overdoing it The Missing are never really missing, but they are different I m still not sure what to call the things in the book were zombie vampire things Whatever they are, what isinteresting is what, beyond the great hunger they feel, motivates them Anger, Hatred, Resentment How Langan uses such destructive emotions for her horror was something I noticed in her earlier novel It makes for effective and intelligent horror, no matter the splatter and there s plenty of that These destructive emotions, however, are what Langan seems to be really focusing on, the kind of emotions that find a home in a collective intelligence that one might call Legion After seeing that Peter Straub raved about this one, I had to check it out, but it was kind of disappointing The story moved right along and kept me turning the pages until the end, but overall it was just another mysterious infection turns everyone into cannibals story The horror wasn t nearly horrifying enough for my taste The characters did build up some depth as we proceeded, but the author put me off them from the get go by using what I think of as the Updike Gambit describing people co After seeing that Peter Straub raved about this one, I had to check it out, but it was kind of disappointing The story moved right along and kept me turning the pages until the end, but overall it was just another mysterious infection turns everyone into cannibals story The horror wasn t nearly horrifying enough for my taste The characters did build up some depth as we proceeded, but the author put me off them from the get go by using what I think of as the Updike Gambit describing people completely in terms of their raggedy nail polish and speech impediments, and then telling you much later that they have good points, too, and that they love each other terribly, although by then it s too late for the reader who thinks of them only as badly dressed and spraying spit whenever they talk I don t think I ll read the rest of this series This novel began with a completely improbable set up, which tested my willing suspension of disbelief, and dragged forward from there The writing is very simple think Goosebumps for grown ups , the plot is standard zombie movie fare, and the characters are flat and unlikeable I read this book because it was highly recommended on the cover, inside flap, etc by horror authors that I admire what a mistake I can t help but think that someone slipped P Straub a few bucks to endorse this nove This novel began with a completely improbable set up, which tested my willing suspension of disbelief, and dragged forward from there The writing is very simple think Goosebumps for grown ups , the plot is standard zombie movie fare, and the characters are flat and unlikeable I read this book because it was highly recommended on the cover, inside flap, etc by horror authors that I admire what a mistake I can t help but think that someone slipped P Straub a few bucks to endorse this novel The women are weak, the men except for a token Mexican boy of virtue are strong crazy, and no one seems to react the way they should in any given situation Not to mention that most residents of this upscale Maine town act like Jerry Springer fodder straight from the trailer If you re looking for zombies or the apocalypse, you d do better to check out King, McCammon, Straub, and many others Back when I spent too much time over at Jezebel, there was a discussion about the new wave of female horror authors.I decided to buy three books by highly recommended authors Come Closer by Sara Gram, The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff, and this atrocious mess.Here s what I wrote back in 2009 I still stand by this review I am welded to this review.Ever encounter a horror novel where you decide if every character in the book perishes you ll cheer yippee Welcome to The Missing.Everything s Back when I spent too much time over at Jezebel, there was a discussion about the new wave of female horror authors.I decided to buy three books by highly recommended authors Come Closer by Sara Gram, The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff, and this atrocious mess.Here s what I wrote back in 2009 I still stand by this review I am welded to this review.Ever encounter a horror novel where you decide if every character in the book perishes you ll cheer yippee Welcome to The Missing.Everything sounded promising The book won a Stoker award The author has a masters in creative fiction A few well respected and frequently read authors drooled in profusion over Langan s craft.Say what The immensely talented and always readable Peter Straub should feel ashamed for recommending Langan His novel Floating Dragon soared light years ahead of The Missing Kind of him to recommend a fellow novelist but please, recommend one who deserves the praise.The novel staggered along imitating a bad soap opera centering around a vague supernatural element of supposedly ancient origins Somewhere toward the last pages Langan decides to throw in a generic sentence or two to sum up the oh so nasty entity Talk about lazy.The characters act so conflicted they sound like they emerged from a bad Jerry Springer episode If I lived in this emotionally ugly Maine town, yes sir, I d want a supernatural entity to wipe it from the face of the earth to spare anyone else from experiencing the horribly twisted people infecting the place.Perhaps Langan should refrain from attempting horror and instead craft emotionally torn soap operas She excels in creating shallow female characters shame on her and cookie cutter, dominate males What Langan does not excel at is creating a truly chilling mood Blood splattered deaths, mind control and hungry creepy crawlies do not signify quality horror This book wore me down.It seems like the author wanted me to look down on her characters, to see their flaws and understand that, collectively, the human race should really justgo Be done Goodbye.I get the urge, but it is tiring to read about I felt a constant sense of distance from the characters, nobody to root for, not really anyone to hate, just people to look down upon And then the ending, which didn t It made metired I justit s hard to make an effort to like a book li This book wore me down.It seems like the author wanted me to look down on her characters, to see their flaws and understand that, collectively, the human race should really justgo Be done Goodbye.I get the urge, but it is tiring to read about I felt a constant sense of distance from the characters, nobody to root for, not really anyone to hate, just people to look down upon And then the ending, which didn t It made metired I justit s hard to make an effort to like a book like this Yes, it s probably honest collectively, the human race is a train wreck that s destroying the planet But I can t like this book.The first book in the series, The Keeper, that I could get behind But this one wipes me out All the characters are very flawed, but very well drawn and vivid Without them, the story would be just run of the mill virus zombie ancient evil novel What was interesting to me was their reactions to the this outbreak of evil and how, often, they themselves were the instrument of their own destruction Warning, it is a rather bleak story. I think my only real problem with Langan based on her first two novels is that while she does a fine job of setting up the plot and establishing characters she seems to lose the thread of her own book toward the end I can honestly say I enjoy her premises and even many of her characters but they don t seem to warrant the same attention from the author by the end of the book Where the events and characterization are great at the beginning and in this book even the middle the end is loose, rushe I think my only real problem with Langan based on her first two novels is that while she does a fine job of setting up the plot and establishing characters she seems to lose the thread of her own book toward the end I can honestly say I enjoy her premises and even many of her characters but they don t seem to warrant the same attention from the author by the end of the book Where the events and characterization are great at the beginning and in this book even the middle the end is loose, rushed, and often riddled with actions which don t match the characters and events that seem out of true with the flow of the story I think this does her quite a bit of harm in terms of the consistency of her books for readers In fact because of this sort of issue with The Keeper the first book in this series I nearly gave up on her as an author With The Missing she does a much better job of honing the plot and the action through most of the book is tight I only wish she hadn t rushed the ending and sort of listlessly handled some of the characters fates leaving their actions and situations feeling a bit hollow `DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⇰ The Missing ↛ A remote and affluent Maine community, Corpus Christi was untouched by the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the neighboring blue collar town of Bedford But all that will change in a heartbeatThe nightmare is awakened when third grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes the children on a field trip to Bedford There in the abandoned woods, a small, cruel boy unearths an ancient horror a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry and inhumanThe long, dark night is just beginning And all hope must die as the contagion feeds for the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul in Corpus Christi and beyond