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Among the Missing

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Among the Missing

A Novel
"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...More
"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...More
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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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  • MORAG JOSS grew up on the west coast of Scotland. She read English at St. Andrews University and then studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Her first Sara Selkirk novel, Funeral Music, was nominated by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association for the Dilys Award for the year's favorite mystery. Her fourth novel, Half Broken Things, won the 2003 CWA Silver Dagger Award. She lives in the country outside the city of Bath and in London.

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  • AudioFile Magazine A bridge collapse in Scotland brings three strangers together, and listeners will care deeply about each of them. Robin Sachs offers a gruff, guilt-ridden Ron, a former bus driver who once served prison time for his involvement in a fatal accident. Sachs is gravelly or velvet-voiced, strong or uncertain as needed. Kate Reading's deep, cultured tones ring with truth and intelligence. She provides a coolly introspective portrayal of Annabel, a 41-year-old newlywed whose unexpected pregnancy causes a rift with her new husband. Cassandra Campbell's bright and lively Silva, an illegal from a repressive European regime, brings an aching poignancy to the character, a young mother who waits for her husband and baby to return. Insightful prose and inspired performances make this psychological thriller about second chances worthwhile listening. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  • Kirkus Reviews "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."
  • Booklist (starred review) "An abundance of suspense...These two women have fascinating inner lives, and Joss details them in vivid, propulsive language."
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