Today I am part of the Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Missing Rebecca by john Worsley Simpson.
John’s latest book, his fifth novel, Missing Rebecca, is a story of death and deception. After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry, knowing almost nothing of each other’s backgrounds. Only months later, on an afternoon shopping trip to a mall in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Cheektowaga, Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted. Or did she make herself disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean billions of dollars, and holding on to that exclusivity might lead to lies, deceit, corruption, payoffs, and even murder.
- Missing Rebecca is a pretty fast read. The beginning starts off a little rough and choppy but then it picks up the pace.
- The mystery was high octane and all over the place, just like your favorite lifetime movie. You are all set to think one thing but then the book twists in another direction. I wouldn’t say that all the twists and turns are predictable, but most of them are pretty common in mysteries.
- Tony Reynolds, a US Marshall was my favorite character. I liked his attitude and dedication till the end.
- Liam is not the sharpest of guys. First of all he marries Rebecca after knowing her only a week and while he is bothered that she won’t share any of her past, he doesn’t press her for it either. Second he falls for several tricks by the criminals. I yelled “idiot” at my book quite a few times. Even in the second half when you learn more I still thought he was an idiot.
- At times Simpson goes overboard and spells everything out to the reader. Things I could easily infer that from the sentence before it were explicitly told to me. Drove me nuts!
- As they start to track Rebecca a lot of stuff comes out about her, and it just goes to show you that you shouldn’t get married to someone you’ve only known a week that won’t disclose their past. Rebecca was not at all who you think she is.
- Missing Rebecca kind of has two parts. I liked the second half much better than the first. You found out a lot more about what was going on in the second half, and it was less choppy, and of course that’s when you begin to really get some answers.
- I liked the ending, it fit the story and I feel like there was justice.
About the Author
JOHN WORSLEY SIMPSON is a crime-fiction writer. John was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Canada at the age of four and grew up in Toronto, He has been a reporter and editor in major newspapers and news services in North America, England and Ireland. He is married and lives in Newmarket, Ontario.
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