From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes the first book in a “crisp, intriguing, and thought-provoking” (Booklist, starred review) new series about twins who are on a quest to discover the secrets being kept by their new family.
Nick and Eryn’s mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won’t change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won’t ever have to meet their stepsiblings.
This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are—and why they’re being kept hidden.
In this unpredictable thriller, 12-year-old twins investigate their new stepsiblings, only to discover that their entire world may be based on lies. Nick and Eryn are shocked to learn that their new stepfather has children (ones that neither he nor their own mother have ever mentioned), and they are downright baffled at their parents' insistence that the two sets of siblings never meet. Nick and Eryn take up the challenge to find out just what's going on, but the truth leads to bizarre revelations with far-reaching ramifications. Haddix (the Missing series) starts off conventionally, presenting the twins' situation as a family drama with elements of mystery, before gradually peeling away the layers to show a deeper, disturbing story that explores what it means to be human. Nick and Eryn are appealing, believable protagonists, though the supporting characters (particularly stepsiblings Ava and Jackson) aren't as fleshed out. Haddix's worldbuilding is solid, though, and her premise intriguing, raising many more questions than it answers while leaving the story open for further exploration. Ages 8 12.
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I love all books by Haddix, but...
I love all books by Haddix, but this one is definitely my favorite. Not only did the suspense build throughout the story, but the end of the story leaves on on a cliffhanger hinting at a second book. I can’t wait to read more books my Haddix, and to see the improvement she makes throughout her novels.