Thanks to Harper Teen and to the author for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE MISSING SEASON – Gillian French (Releasing May 21st, 2019)
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My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!
Last year I had read THE LIES THEY TELL by Gillian French and loved it, so when I read the synopsis for THE MISSING SEASON I was so excited when I received a copy. A small town with an urban legend that lurks in the woods. As you know, I’m a huge fan of anything reminiscent of Slenderman and urban legends in the same vein. So this was a must-read for me.
This one is set in a small town and we see solely from Clara’s perspective. As the new kid in school she struggles to find friends until she meets Bree and Sage. We get to see as their friendship blossoms and how Clara is accepted into their group with Trace and Kincaid. When Clara is told the urban legend of The Mumbler she begins to see things in the woods and hear things at night in her room. They say he only gets his power if you believe in him – once you know it can’t be unknown.
We get the high school crushes and they drama that goes along with two girls liking the same guy – and then the subsequent fallout when he chooses one over the other. The teenage pranks pulled on their high school around Halloween time. The superstitions around Halloween that they all have about The Mumbler and when he strikes – multiple kids have been killed over the years and despite them being considered freak accidents, the kids all know it’s The Mumbler.
The only thing that brought my rating down a bit was that I found it so hard to concentrate in the beginning. It was a slower build to the eerie and creepy events that I was anticipating. Once the action and suspense picked up, I was sucked in and was able to finish up the last half of the book in an under two hours. I wasn’t expecting that ending, at all. I wish there was a little more to it than the last chapter or two, but it definitely tied together everything that had been happening in this quiet little town.
Overall, a solid YA mystery and perfect for those that are fans of the genre or for someone wanting a lighter mystery to read. A creepy urban legend, dark and dense woods, and disappearing teenagers. What more could you want?