Book Review of “Missing Melissa” by Alretha Thomas


Twenty-two years old with a journalism degree from UCLA and a promising entry level position at a television station, Madeline Patterson is ready to take on the Universe. Raised by two loving parents, adored by her grandmother, protected by her dog, Pepper, and supported by her best friend—Madeline has it all. There’s only one thing missing—literally missing—her identical twin, Melissa.

When Madeline and Melissa were three-years-old, their mother was carjacked in broad daylight while taking them to a doctor’s appointment. She was able to get away with Madeline in tow, but the assailants left the scene before she could rescue Melissa. A long and massive search ensued, but Melissa was never found and is believed to be dead. However, a dream Madeline has on her twenty-second birthday, wherein Melissa appears to her as a grown woman pleading for help, convinces her Melissa is still alive. Against her parents’ wishes, Madeline vows to find her twin. However, in doing so, she unknowingly stumbles upon a series of startling clues that point to her parents’ possible involvement in Melissa’s disappearance. Paralyzed by fear, Madeline doesn’t want to face what could possibly be the ugly and grim truth about her parents. However, her desire to find Melissa propels her forward—but nothing could prepare her for what she discovers.

Genre: Mystery / Family / Thriller / Suspense / Crime
My Review:

Very rarely do you come across a book, which makes you feel a movie on this book would be so much amazing. Gone Girl was one such book. And here is the second one. I was skeptical about taking this book up as I felt it to have disturbing content in it. But I was really wrong and the story is as much positive as it goes. In fact a bit too much of it.
The story is about a twin searching for her missing twin. The on and off support of family and friends throughout the story keeps the roller coaster ride very active and jumpy with fun. The ultimate twist with the climax is completely unbelievable but super exciting. The flow of the story is steady without losing pace anywhere. Suspense is kept alive till the very last page. Every character in the book feels suspicious at every stage of the story and ‘Whodunnit’ question keeps hanging at every turn of the page.
The story is built with an average number of central characters, which helps keep confusion away as to who is who.
But one thing where the story takes a fall is the believability of the characters. Every one in the book is too good to each other. It feels sickly sweet at times. That makes the characters feel fake and the story to be happening in a make-belief world. We all know that the people around us, even those who are very close to us, are not super nice all the times. This takes away one star from the rating
Other than that, it is a definite movie material book. Totally loved it

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