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The Missing Ones: A Hester Thursby Mystery #2

Edwin Hill

ISBN 9781496719331
Publish Date 8/27/2019
Format Hardcover
Categories General, Psychological, Thriller/Suspense, Psychological, Serial Killer, Kensington, Police, Series
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Edwin Hill, author of the acclaimed Little Comfort, returns with his next book featuring Harvard librarian Hester Thursby—an intimate, intricate mystery as smart and complex as it is riveting.

Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder.

Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .

“A brilliantly composed mystery . . . a hurricane of suspense with squalls of twists that’ll just take your breath away. A salty, stormy and seductive read.” —Mario Giordano, author of Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna

Outstanding Praise For Edwin Hill’s First Hester Thursby Mystery

Little Comfort

“A dark but compassionate psychological thriller debut with great appeal for fans of Ruth Ware and Cornelia Read.” --Booklist (Starred Review)

“This smart, complex, and suspenseful New England thriller will keep you turning pages far into the night.” --Jessica Treadway, author of How Will I Know You?

“Hill’s debut is a chilling psychological thriller with an unusual heroine and a page-turning storyline.” --Kirkus Reviews

“A chilling mix of envy, deceit, and murder. Everyone is lying about something in this tense, stylish debut novel. . . . [It] will have you frantically turning pages until the final, breathless climax.” --Joanna Schaffhausen, author of The Vanishing Season

“An increasingly tense plot and striking characters make this a standout.” --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A fascinating psychological thriller that gets deep under your skin.” --The Strand Magazine

“A thrilling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” --The Sun Chronicle

About Edwin Hill:

Edwin Hill is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hester Thursby mystery series, the first of which, Little Comfort, was an Agatha Award finalist, a selection of the Mysterious Press First Mystery Club and a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books selection. Formerly the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan), he now teaches at Emerson College and has written for the LA Review of Books, The Life Sentence, Publisher's Weekly, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and their lab, Edith Ann. Visit him online at

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A review before finishing (Thursday, September 19, 2019)
Reviewer: Sandi M

I am more than halfway through the book, and I have yet to figure out where this ends. As a avid mystery reader, more than likely I figure out the ending. In Edwin's first book, Little Comfort, I read it quickly, wanting to finish it to find out not only what happened, but because I know the author, to hopefully love the book so I could tell him so. I did love it, by the way. For this book, I am slowly reading, savoring each descriptive word, visualizing each scene, analyzing each detail, and thoroughly enjoying the journey each turned page takes me. Although I want to finish it off in one setting, this literary voyage is too good to end.

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