Among the Missing; Morag Joss
Blackstone Audio - 2011
It seems like I’ve been reading many less than happy novels lately and, Among the Missing, is a book that falls into that same class. The story takes place in the Highlands of Scotland and focuses on three unrelated individuals whose lives collide after a bridge collapse in the area. The incident is caught on film with cars plunging into the waters below. Some people are dead, some missing, and one of the cars in particular is key to the story.
There is Anna who married her husband Colin after meeting him in the internet. When Anna finds out she is pregnant, Colin wants nothing to do with fatherhood. He tells her to get an abortion or he will leave her. She is heartbroken, but can’t imagine ending her pregnancy either.
Ron has spent some time in prison after being charged with causing an incident which killed several people. His family wants nothing to do with him. Newly released from prison, his sister gives him some money so that he can purchase a car. He works day jobs and has a habit of picking up hitchhikers, longing for human connection.
Silva is an illegal immigrant woman who has had a tough life. She lives by the river in an abandoned trailer. She works and earns a meager wage in a clerical job while her husband, Stefan stays at home with their very young daughter.
Without saying too much more about the story, I’ll just say it’s very well written and I liked the way it came together. The characters are desperate people, each seeking peace and salvation. They are characters I came to care about. The audio book is somber in tone, which was appropriate for a story like this. The use of multiple narrators: Robin Sachs, Kate Reading and Cassandra Campbell worked extremely well. Again, not a happy story, but one I was happy that I read.
4/5 stars (library audio)