The Missing

The Missing

by Sarah Langan

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A remote and affluent Maine community, Corpus Christi was untouched by the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the neighboring blue-collar town of Bedford. But all that will change in a heartbeat . . .

The nightmare is awakened when third-grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes the children on a field trip to Bedford. There in the abandoned woods, a small, cruel boy unearths an ancient horror—a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry . . . and inhuman.

The long, dark night is just beginning. And all hope must die as the contagion feeds—for the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul in Corpus Christi . . . and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060872915
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,182,785
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Sarah Langan received her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She studied with Michael Cunningham, Nicholas Christopher, Helen Schulman, Susan Kenney, and Maureen Howard, among others, all of whom have been instrumental to her work. The author of The Keeper and the Bram Stoker Award-winning The Missing, she is a master's candidate in environmental medicine at NYU and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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“[THE MISSING is] as engrossing as a dagger poised at one’s throat.”

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“THE KEEPER kept me up, late into the night...I’m hoping for a whole shelf of novels by Langan.”

Ray Garton

“An astonishing first novel...chilling, haunting, and so smartly written that the pages fly by like the wind.”

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“A dark and bracingly bleak tale of supernatural terror.”

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“...innovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling...”

Tim Lebbon

“[A] brilliant debut, heralding the arrival of a major talent.”

Douglas E. Winter

“Deft and disturbing... twists expectations into surreal surprises... hypnotic reading - an assured and impressive debut.”

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“...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper...”

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Missing 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no way that this book should ever be compared to Salems Lot. I never felt like I could connect with the characters and the plot line to me never gets fully developed. I like premise, but this book just never got suction with me. It was difficult to finish, and then the ending was disapppointing.....almost as if the author received a phone call and just decided to end it because she got bored.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed The Keeper. Now with this book, we were in the town over from Bedford where the last one took place. She so reminds me of Stephen King. This book had everything from exotic descriptions to the horror that I have come to love so much.Things happen so slowly, yet so fast. First of all with the class trip to Bedford, a young boy named James takes it upon himself to get lost and then the voices talk to him. They know what he wants, what he is like. Then he is attacked and killed by animals. The dirt in Bedford is squishy like it's made up of blood. It even smells like it. With Ms. Langan's descriptions, you can practically see everything and everyone in this book. Everyone in the town seems to know that something is coming, but they aren't sure when or where, but they know that it's coming. It's a tale of survival and not letting the madness take over your mind. Even the reader knows something is coming, but not sure when and where it's going to happen.The infection seems to move quickly. People end up getting sick and guess what ... these people are dead and turned into zombies, more or less. Oh, and we all know how I love these kinds of books. The tone of the book is dark, which is why it had it's appeal for me. It's an edge of your seat tale of nail-biting terror.
CasualFriday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Missing, an industrial accident unleashes a virus that creates zombie-like flesh eaters, feasting on an affluent town in Maine.I picked this up as my annual Halloween read, but it didn't do much for me. The story and characters were interesting enough, in a soap-opera kind of way, but there was way too much grade-school gore, and not nearly enough terror. I like my horror novels to be truly frightening, to follow me around for days (I'm thinking of The Haunting of Hill House, or early Stephen King). This one was just not scary.
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The town of Corpus Christi, Maine, is a nice middle-class suburb where life is quiet, until a class field trip disturbs something better left sleeping. Very quickly, a sickness spreads through town - but this is no ordinary virus. It preys on a person's deepest fears and failures, and turns its victims into something very different from human. Sarah Langan has crafted a great story that starts with a set of flawed characters, then ratchets up the horror until the story becomes apocaplyptic. This is one creepy story. It's a sequel to The Keeper, her previous novel, but the stories are only loosely connected. If you want the full effect, read 'em in order, but The Missing certainly stands on its own.
chyde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty darn good for 250 pages, but then it unfortunately limps to the finish line. Not a bad Halloween book, but I liked her first one better.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Langan sure does like Stephen King. Perhaps she doesn't realize how much he's rolling around in her head, but it seems like she went looking for her voice and found his instead. Her stories read like the kind of dream you would have if you took a King novel to bed and woke up the next morning, with a plot of your own rolling around that you struggle to make sense of. I picked this one up because my library said it was a zombie book, and I had a zombie research project of sorts in the works. It's not really a zombie book. Well, it is in that there is a contagion in the town that appears to turn those affected into flesh-eaters - but it's very unclear how this happens, and generalized evil dreck from the site of a former supernatural tragedy has a large part to play in this. I would argue that Langan is working out her Stephen King issues in a big way here, and that what the people in this town really have is whatever was in the bottom of the mine in King's Desperation. Same symptoms. The changed are crazy and antisocial, but not mindless, and they have the same weird gore/respiratory symptoms as did those touched by Tak. Maybe a little of The Tommyknockers thrown in, and a definite nod to Straub's Eyes of the Dragon - the prologue narrator's husband is like a character straight out of that book.The biggest problem with Langan is that all of her characters seemed to be crazy going in, so it's hard to tell who's been affected, and whether they would have been any better off if they managed to escape. Another of her books, Audrey's Door, which is Langan's version of The Shining/Haunting of Hill House, demonstrated this phenomenon the best. The main character meets a doorman - over the course of a very superficial conversation decides he wants her body, no, wait, he thinks of her as his daughter. She insults his parenting and implies that the daughter he briefly mentions is crazy, then decides he's fatherly and she likes him. What??? In the beginning of Langan's The Keeper, there is a sentence that says, effectively, that the whole town, while obsessing about the crazy main character, had decided their other problems were worse and, AS A GROUP, without speaking to one another about it, decided to stop thinking about/discussing her. Does this seem likely to you? Reading Langan is like watching the Brontes write King. And yet, I think I'm giving the impression here that this book, and Langan's other works, are awful. Literary merit aside, they ARE compelling. It's that dream quality they have, I think. I'd give them a chance. It's like a tale told late at night, by the fireside. Sometimes everything doesn't always have to make sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From 2 to 1-where is the authors thought process?! Cant finish it! WHAT A WASTE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel deserves higher ratings.It is well written,engrossing, character-driven yet action-filled,and most importantly it's ending was satisfying. I may be crazy but its way better than Salem's Lot and nothing at all like it either in plot. I'm a huge Stephen King fan and Salem's Lot was not one of my favorites.So I had to set THAT record straight.The Missing's  plot itself isn't entirely unique  but it is well done,and memorable.The ending actually gave me goosebumps. I don't get goosebumps from reading books.I will read more from this Author,Sarah Langan
Shelly1979 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I like that you meet different characters and see the story through their different perspectives.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Though the two remote Maine towns are neighbors separated by woods, they are radically different as Corpus Christie is an affluent community while Bedford is a run down manufacturing environmental nightmare. Corpus Christi third-grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes her class on a field trip to nearby Bedford. The innocent inadvertently uncovers a buried plague. Almost immediately law abiding people behave violently towards family and neighbors. No one can sit still as everyone seems to behave irritated and angry. The transformation continues as the townsfolk metamorphosis into something inhuman with the malevolence spreading at an incredibly rapid speed from person to person. Soon the once comfortable community of Corpus Christie looks like a battlefield, which it is for if humanity fails to restrict the evil to this town, the state, country, and world will be devoured in a short time. --- This is an exciting horror thriller as the audience will feel they are alongside the townsfolk caught in a web of evil. The story line is action-packed, but character driven by the townies who evolve from optimistic to fatalistic. Although the evil in bones live long after the person is interred, the only thing missing from this tense thriller is the cause of why the malevolence began the effect is chilling. Still Sarah Langan proves she is a genre royal with this small town Maine horror thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor read. I felt it was a total waste of time and money. Probably will never buy another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, things start off with so much promise with what appeared to be a sound base for good story growth. Then things appear to just make less and less sense as the story rambles through out so many possible changes in plot before just taking the easy way out. At the end, you are still left wondering what the heck just happened? Shame, it had the potential story line to take and be able to grap a reader's attention but as the plot line seemed to change constantly without offering a good basis as to why, it never got a chance to really get off the ground. Best advice is to save your money on this one, definately not worth the $$$ they demand. Try World War Z, especially since the movie is going to ruin the message the book attempts to get accross.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a quarter of this book and had to stop. The author is just a little TOO influenced by H.P. Lovecraft for my taste. When the main character started gulping down mouthfuls of bloody dirt and bit into an earthworm I decided it was time to quit. If you like weird, this could be a great book for you. Not for me, however.