'The finest thriller I've read in years . . . completely unputdownable' - Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Pinborough on The Three
Missing-linc.com comprises a group of misfit sleuths scattered across the States. Their macabre passion is giving names to the unidentified dead. When Ellie Caine starts investigating the corpse known as the Boy in the Dress, the Boy's killer decides to join the group. The closer they get to the truth, the closer he will get to them.
The Boy was Teddy Ryan. He was meant to have been killed in a car crash in the west of Ireland in 1989. Only he wasn't. There is no grave in Galway and Teddy was writing letters from New York a year after he supposedly died. But one night he met a man in a Minnesota bar and vanished off the face of the earth.
Teddy's nephew, Shaun, is no hero, but he is determined to solve the thirty-year-old mystery. He joins forces with the disparate members of Missing-linc to hunt down the killer. The only problem: the killer will be with them every step of the way . . .
Further praise for Sarah Lotz
'Hard to put down and vastly entertaining' - Stephen King on The Three
'A roller-coaster ride with intriguing psychological depth' - Crime Fiction Lover
'Lotz excels at making you feel like you're there' - Publishers Weekly
In 1996, a dead white male with a cranial fracture is found on the outskirts of Millar, Minn., in this disappointing thriller from Lotz (The White Road). The unidentified murder victim, who's wearing "a pink prom-style dress," is nicknamed the Boy in the Dress. Ellen Caine, a stay-at-home mom who lives close to where the body was discovered, takes an interest in the case; she belongs to an online forum devoted to identifying "the remains of missing people." But no progress on giving him a name is made until 2017, when a stranger tells Shaun Ryan, who works in an Irish bookstore, that Shaun's late uncle, Teddy, didn't die in a car accident two decades earlier, as Shaun believed; instead, he traveled to the U.S. before dropping out of sight. Shaun's online request for information reaches Ellen, who works with her forum colleagues to determine whether Teddy is the Boy in the Dress. Early on, it's clear that one of them is hiding some dark secrets, but Lotz fails to generate much suspense en route to the flat climax. In previous books, she's been better at giving her characters depth. Hopefully, she'll return to form next time.