First One Missing by Tammy Cohen
Genre; Psychological Thriller
– You are haunted by her memory day and night
– Your friends and family fear you are going mad
– Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join.
I’m still in a period of reading where I’m finding it difficult to choose my next book to read and I’m wondering whether the next book will be thrown on the can’t-make-it-all-the-way-through, pile, so I was thrilled to find, with First One Missing, that I had picked up another great book. It was such a great book that when I finished reading it I tweeted Tammy and thanked her for writing it because there is nothing like being able to slide into the pages of a novel and escape fully and I have been finding that really difficult over recent months, for whatever reason.
First One Missing is about missing and murdered children, but it’s more than that, it’s about the effect those terrible crimes have. The effect on the parents, the siblings and even the effect on one of the FLOs of one of the families involved, because Leanne, the FLO we get the PoV from, has been with the Reid’s, on and off, for a long period of time and being with a family as they grieve a child is, as we can see, emotionally draining because you can’t help but soak up the emotion as you’re around the family.
We get to see the police investigation from Leanne’s PoV. The investigation runs in the background to the people-centric novel though. You’re swept up in the lives of those left behind and this is something that Tammy Cohen does really well.
There are multiple characters and their lives are interwoven through the terrible events of the book. The crime though horrific isn’t glorified, it’s the basis for the human element that is explored, pain and human spirit and how people cope and come together to support each other.
It is brilliantly written and will have you turning the pages and not wanting to put it down. I adore Tammy Cohen’s books and this one did not disappoint.
With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my copy of the book.