The Missing Children by Anna O’Hare

The Missing Children

 Principal category Crime
 Word count (approximate pages) 73,500 (189)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $2.99

Where have all the children gone?

Benjamin Morris has taken a sabbatical year in order to write a novel but finds himself unable to make progress until a series of events – his brother’s funeral, saving a child from drowning, falling in love, leaving his wife and moving in with his mistress – unleash his energies and he is able to write long days in a dusty attic.

His idyll is shattered when he finds that his mistress has no particular regard for him and his little boy has been kidnapped. He sets off on an odyssey to find the child in the company of Stuart Orson, a long-standing friend who is suffering from a combat-induced mental ailment and whom he rescues from an institution where he is being forced into compliance with uncontrolled doses of sedative.

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Benjamin gives unexpected priority, on their travels, to contacting the actor and author whom he felt were responsible for the screen version betrayal of his favourite book, while at the same time we begin to notice the shadowy nature of Orson who never exactly engages with anyone.

At last they track Adam’s abductors down to Whitby, where ghost children have been seen and no child survives beyond the age of ten. In a house of horrors they make a horrendous discovery.

What will now become of the two friends, Morris and Orson? The book goes full circle when Benjamin is seen making the very same hardware purchases as his brother did, back at the beginning, when he was preparing for his suicide.

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