Blog Tour + Book Review + Giveaway: Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph


ashley | I’m always skeptical of thrillers. I’m even more skeptical of thrillers by authors I haven’t read before. I’m so judgmental and have such high expectations; I almost set books up for failure before I even open the cover. So I went into Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph with somber expectations and from the very start, Joseph blew them right out of the water. I read this in nearly one continuous sitting.

There were so many clever things about this book that kept me on my toes, which is huge for me. I was immediately pulled into the heartbreaking story about the dead 9 year old. I was immediately suspicious and curious when ten years later, another 9 year old with ties to the first case goes missing. There are very obvious suspects, but are they really that obvious? There’s definitely more to the story, Joseph makes that clear, but he dangles the carrot in the perfect way to string you along complacently.

Obviously I don’t want to give anything away, but I really enjoyed this.  There were a lot of characters, but it didn’t feel overwhelming, you learn about the past while you’re investigating the present, but it doesn’t get overly complicated, all the while not making it very obvious what is going on.

This was more than just a who done it story, it looks at the consequences of choices, of guilt, of revenge and justice and really shows the depths of a tragedy like this and how it can tear apart a family. Usually when I read books like this, it ends up being full of triggers about child abuse and really uncomfortable content. It was refreshing to read a book that goes just as deep and is just as tragic, but doesn’t necessarily rely on those vivid details to make that impact.  Definitely a worthwhile read.


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september 20, 2016

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