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The Missing Place [BOOKS] ✮ The Missing Place ✰ Sophie Littlefield – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Twenty year old Taylor Capparelli and Paul Mitchell go missing in Lawton, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Hunter Cole Energy The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a man cam Twenty year old Taylor Capparelli and Paul Mitchell go missing in Lawton, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Hunter Cole Energy The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a man camp providing room and board The mothers of the two boys come to Lawton to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance Shay Capparelli, ayear old single grandmother, has grit than resources for wealthy suburban The Missing PDF/EPUB or housewife Colleen Mitchell, the opposite is true Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each others methods and motivations but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their sons employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.


10 thoughts on “The Missing Place

  1. ReadAlongWithSue ReadAlongWithSue says:

    Two Mums, two sons, both not knowing each other who work on the Oil Riggs but have gone missing What would you do Well I am sure after going frantic you would want to go and see what is what So they both travel and stay in the same place where they re sons stayed Black Creek Lodge,What are the company doing to find them zilch Its shocking.There are a lot of characters you will dislike and some you won t The discovery is unraveled by the Moms who form an bond in the same heartrending saga o Two Mums, two sons, both not knowing each other who work on the Oil Riggs but have gone missing What would you do Well I am sure after going frantic you would want to go and see what is what So they both travel and stay in the same place where they re sons stayed Black Creek Lodge,What are the company doing to find them zilch Its shocking.There are a lot of characters you will dislike and some you won t The discovery is unraveled by the Moms who form an bond in the same heartrending saga of where are they.Its well written, page turner indeed.This isn t the first book I have read by this author I like her style and I liked this storyline.I received this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Net Galley


  2. Tez Tez says:

    SPOILER WARNING This review contains a spoiler It doesn t tell you whodunit, but who didn t TRIGGER WARNING The novel contains ableist and racist slurs, but the review doesn t.Two mothers from different lifestyles band together to find their sons In icy North Dakota, humble humans take on big business in an underdog story Well, that s what I expected And for two thirds, the book is like that the heroines asking questions, getting shut down threatened So far, so good.But in the final SPOILER WARNING This review contains a spoiler It doesn t tell you whodunit, but who didn t TRIGGER WARNING The novel contains ableist and racist slurs, but the review doesn t.Two mothers from different lifestyles band together to find their sons In icy North Dakota, humble humans take on big business in an underdog story Well, that s what I expected And for two thirds, the book is like that the heroines asking questions, getting shut down threatened So far, so good.But in the final third, where the mystery is solved, the story takes a totally different turn Admittedly, it s been a long time since I regularly read crime novels, but I seem to remember that if the story is set in a certain place or occupation, it has something to do with the case.In this novel, the oilfields and reservations leasing rights to drill are red herrings The disappearances have nothing to do with those This story could ve been set ANYWHERE, but I thought the oil and money might ve been important to the case They aren t.Up until then, I really enjoyed this novel But that final third doesn t live up to the greatness of the rest of the book Disappointing


  3. Susan Susan says:

    I enjoyed reading THE MISSING PLACE I liked the mystery element and I liked the interaction between uptight Colleen and laid back Shay I ll look for the rest of Sophie Littlefield s books based on how much I loved THE MISSING PLACE Once I started reading, I was so invested in these two moms that I was turning the pages like a mad woman I just had to know what happened to these two boys Sophie Littlefield doesn t pull any punches in her writing Brutal and honest, this is a disturbing tale I enjoyed reading THE MISSING PLACE I liked the mystery element and I liked the interaction between uptight Colleen and laid back Shay I ll look for the rest of Sophie Littlefield s books based on how much I loved THE MISSING PLACE Once I started reading, I was so invested in these two moms that I was turning the pages like a mad woman I just had to know what happened to these two boys Sophie Littlefield doesn t pull any punches in her writing Brutal and honest, this is a disturbing tale of what a mother will do to protect her child As a mother myself, I can not imagine what I would feel like if this was my child that had gone missing.Note I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield, an intense, page turner mystery of two strong and opposite female protagonists willing to risk it all, in order to save their sons from the cold dark town and oil fields in North DakotaIf you are seeking a weekend book to curl up with, for a guaranteed intriguing, satisfying and engaging ride, this is it Two boysTaylor and Paulgo missing the same day iA special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield, an intense, page turner mystery of two strong and opposite female protagonists willing to risk it all, in order to save their sons from the cold dark town and oil fields in North DakotaIf you are seeking a weekend book to curl up with, for a guaranteed intriguing, satisfying and engaging ride, this is it Two boysTaylor and Paulgo missing the same day in Lawton, North Dakota where they are working on an oil rig and staying at the Black Creek Lodge All the hotels are full due to the workers, and the size of the small townThink a big Walmart, a few hotels, trailer parks, and truck stops. When two mothers cannot get any answers from the local authorities or the energy company, they both set out a dangerous quest to attain answers about their sonsstuck in a small trailer Two mothershave never met one anotherShay,mother of Taylor , is an in your face, brash, passionate, single mom street smart, low on cash, from the wrong side of the tracks in California She has an honest and open relationship with her son and they are very close She will do anything to find himand boy, is she creative and resourcefulColleen,mother of ADHD dyslexic son, Paul , wealthy housewife from Boston, with her classic pearls and cashmere sweaters, and perfect hair married to Andy, a successful attorney, has connections and money and level headed She can open doors Shay cannot Each have their own strengths She and her son have a not so close and strained relationship She is overprotective and controlling, due to Paul s past behavior issues First, let me say, I loved the front cover, and the summary, as I knew this would be a book, I had to read and have been saving it It exceeded my expectations andA definite 5 Star This was my first book by Littlefield and cannot wait to read , as love her style Told from three POVShay, Colleen, and T.L , which I enjoyed as you learn the intimate thoughts, actions, reactions, and raw feelings from different viewpoints There is sooooo much to this story, as a former whistleblower, I love uncovering misdeeds of large corporations as root for the underdog and those threatened However, this was not just a story about the mishaps, cover ups, and corruption of Hunter Cole Energy There is the Indian Reservation and land leases, and how these people have been taken advantage of An innocent boy, with sins of the father and a past history of characters from the sheriff s office to the Indian Reservation, which have been passed down to the next generation.Most importantly is the human interest side of the novel, written with great depth and vivid settings and descriptions, pulling the reader into this unsure world, not knowing who they can trust This is no ordinary crime mystery It is thought provoking in so many ways and much left to the reader to draw conclusions Littlefield skillfully crafts a riveting suspense which keeps you glued to the page with her well developed charactersA read in one setting kind of book Block out the time, it is worth itThe dynamics between these two womenShay and Colleen Award winning These two women could not be any different two mothers stuck in a small trailer with no restroom or kitchen, in the cold of winter, going to the truck stop to dine and take their showers, their differences in clothes, the disagreements, not knowing what the other will do next, their different ways of child rearing, and personalities Full of wit and humor as the scene with Shay, the attorney, the camera in the hotel room was priceless And the scene at the landlord s trailer What they go through to get answers highly creative on the author s part Yes, agree with some of the other reviewers, the first 75% of the book was intense and then you wonder what is to come in the last 25% The pace slows down However, this is not a bad thing During the last 25% of the book, these two women are now figuring out how to live with the past, the fallout, and learning from one another their strengths and weaknesses It turns into a human interest story how things would have been different, what brought them to this place The stages from grief, anger, forgiveness, to acceptance Being in the wrong place at the wrong time The part each character played through desperation, fear, and survival Shay is definitely the stronger of the two, as she is a spitfire however, Colleen is strong in her own way as she has put focus and energy into protecting and sheltering her son, while not allowing him to really live and experience life, to fail and learn from the experience For Colleen, it is always about clean up, cover it up, save face However, Colleen keeps Shay level headed at times and Shay helps Colleen see life as living and enjoying, not so much about money and appearances,learned behavior traits Colleen inherited from her mom.I realize you can only fit so much in one book however, thinking it could almost be a sequel, with another story of Andy and his work to help the Indian Reservation, and TL alsoabout the family dynamics of Elizabethas what brought her to do what she did , her family, and connection with TL s family history.Highly recommend THE MISSING PLACE, and fans of intense drama, mystery, suspense, female dynamics, and rich characters will enjoy, as well as fans of authors, Diane Chamberlain, Sandra Brown, Heather Gudenkauf, Emilie Richards, and Kristin HannahLooking forward to readingfrom this talented author An ideal book for book clubs, groups and discussions Judith D Collins Must Read Books TOP 30 BOOKS OF 2014


  5. Lör K. Lör K. says:

    You don t get to choose from a menu of tragedies and losses, don t get to consider which you can survive and which will crush you God simply serves them up and there you are you either play the hand He deals, or you give upRating 3 5This could have been four stars so easily if I didn t have so many problems sobs Publication Date 2nd September, 2014Review Date 03rd May 2017Trigger warnings some slight ableist language, the r slur is used in chapter fourteen, ableist lYou don t get to choose from a menu of tragedies and losses, don t get to consider which you can survive and which will crush you God simply serves them up and there you are you either play the hand He deals, or you give upRating 3 5This could have been four stars so easily if I didn t have so many problems sobs Publication Date 2nd September, 2014Review Date 03rd May 2017Trigger warnings some slight ableist language, the r slur is used in chapter fourteen, ableist language, r slur again in chapter fifteen, and n word used in chapter sixteen, possible Native American Native Indian my apologies, I don t know the correct term slur in chapter twenty seven.All spoilers marked with correct formatting Review can also be found here on my blog spoilers not hidden Are y all ready for what is probably my longest review so far Kinda ranty, sorry Twenty year old Taylor Capparelli and Paul Mitchell go missing in Lawton, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Oasis Energy The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a man camp providing room and board The mothers of the two boys come to Lawton to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance Shay Capparelli, a 41 year old single grandmother, hasgrit than resources for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Mitchell, the opposite is true Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each others methods and motivations but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their son s employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.When I first got The Moon Pool, I was really excited to start reading it The premise seemed really good, and the plot sounded like it was going to be exciting However, when I first started it, I found that it was extremely slow paced and I struggled to get into it I was ready to completely throw this book aside when there was a twist introduced at the end of chapter fourteen that captured my attention and dragged me straight in the book.In my opinion Chapter fourteen chapter fifteen is way too late in a book to begin introducing the interesting part of the story If I had quit out onechapter before, I wouldn t have discovered the twist.One thing straight away that bugs me a lot is the characters and the point of view changes It s hard to tell which mother is who, who all the characters are, and the point of view changes are really harsh It s hard to tell when they happen and it took me to read the whole chapter when the first point of view change happens to actively understand that the point of view had changed and to get everything that Littlefield wanted the reader to get This was really disappointing, I hate having to reread whole chapters just to get that one piece of information in it to understand what s happening and it shouldn t have to happen.There are a few spelling and grammar mistakes in here through instead of thought, to instead of too I m really not sitting here trying to pick holes but surely, surely, being published through an actual publisher rather than being self published, that means that an editor has to read it, someone who is meant to pick these details up It s rather infuriating as these things stand out and drag you out of the mood of the book and it takes a few sentences to get back into the story Careless mistakes that should have been picked up countless times, by not only word processing, but also editors, human eyes, and readers These mistakes should not have made it to publication I feel the characters are very weak Colleen seems to be like a little lost lamb, just trailing around after Shay She takes way too long to become useful to the actual story line Of course, it s her story we are following, mainly, but she just feels so weak She bored me, and I didn t want to readabout her Honestly I wanted wayof Shay She was definitely the stronger mother, and the stronger character It s almost as if Shay gotbrainstorming as to what Littlefield wanted her to be.That being said, the characters definitely get better around 60% of the way through the book Shay is one bad ass mother fucker and I have such infinite respect for her I relate to her a little bit too much with the way she loses her cool and tends to say things she goes on to regret She s a cool character, with a lot of pent up anger I do feel, however, Shay could have been so muchthan just the one with the brains and the mouth I think she deserved better than what she got She could have been a lot , and it saddens me to see that her character isn t really fully utilised, in my opinion.Colleen also gets better and actually becomes useful to the story She becomes a much better character andlikeable for me, personally In my opinion, though, this development should have happened earlier, rather than at 60 65% of the book I spent a large portion of this book just scowling a lot at Colleen s actions, and seeing how long I had until the next point of view change However, this does fall a little short With the amount of twists and turns, I felt like I was lost in the countryside, desperately trying to find my way back to the correct path that would take me home I enjoyed this, I admit, but at the same time, there is a lot going on, and Littlefield could have done with a few less plot twists and turns view spoiler We find out this girl is pregnant with one of the boy s child, and then it turns out it s not actually her, it s her cousin, who is underage by a few months and has to keep everything a secret hide spoiler This just felt like too much to divulge in only a few chapters This could have been spaced out , and it feels like as the book begins to draw to the conclusion, Littlefield was trying to get everything out instead of spacing it all out Maybe she was writing to a deadline I don t know But it was annoying as hell, and I felt breathless trying to keep up with it.The chapters dedicated to T.L really didn t need to be added in Each chapter I just groaned and rolled my eyes Luckily, they re only short, so they go by very quickly, but they weren t needed They were really distracting from the plot and I kept forgetting things trying to understand what T.L was trying to do and it was so aggravating I understand that these were put in to prepare the reader for chapter thirty one, and so that we know who T.L is However, when chapter thirty one came, I felt like I had no clue who this person was, I didn t really care what was happening, I wanted to follow what was happening in chapter thirty Like, come on view spoiler One of them finds their son and they find out what happened to the other son hide spoiler I just wanna follow on from that and find out what s happening I don t really care about T.L right now All this being said, though, it twists again I was getting pretty sick of twists at this point in the story, but this one This one tells us everything that happened, everything we ve been waiting on And damn did Littlefield do good I was completely taken aback Everything was brand new, everything we knew was shattered out of perspective and we were left wondering what the hell is now going on It was also vaguely annoying to me personally, but I won t go into that Shay loses a lot of character development, view spoiler who can blame her after her son dies hide spoiler , but it was painful to read She just spiralled and spiralled into a mess that I just couldn t wrap my head around I understand why, I understand, but I feel like she just spiralled too much and lost too much character development There are times where the 60% BAMF Shay comes through again, but dear l rd, she lost so much It was heartbreaking to see such an amazing character just become someone I couldn t even bring myself to like Colleen also becomes a total fucking bitch and I couldn t stand her at the 80% mark Don t even get me started on ColleenI love how this book continues past 86%, going on after the book has seemingly come to a close view spoiler They find Taylor s body, and Littlefield takes us on one last adventure to say goodbye to the boy we never knew, but felt a pang of sadness for when we discover he died hide spoiler I think this was really sweet, on Littlefield s part, even if it did take the book longer and slowed the pace right down Personally, I would have done the same thing, and it s nice to see and to read.This ended absolutely beautifully and really brought the book to a close It was a stunning last few chapters that honestly had me in tears once or twice I wasn t keen on this at all, but these last chapters definitely made it worthwhile to read It s just a shame the writing wasn t 100% like the writing at the end, I think that would have made this a little easier to read for me, personally The writing at the end felt a lotemotional, andheartfelt It made everything just fall into place and the rest of the book felt quite rushed, quite out there and like Littlefield was trying to get everything out as soon as possible especially with how the twists kept coming and coming like they were on some kind of convoy, being deposited one after the other The one last thing that really annoys me is the title The Moon Pool What is a moon pool What relevance did it have to the story Am I being a total idiot and it refers to serious spoiler view spoiler Tyler falling through the cracking ice hide spoiler Is that what it is It s the only thing I can think of and the only thing that really makes sense Why is it called The Moon Pool damn it, what it the relevance Now, please do not get this review wrong This book is a good one in my opinion, it s pretty mediocre That being said I have read a lot better books in my life time Littlefield has great talent, and I think that this might just be one of her weaker books I really hope this isn t her best book, if it is, she s in trouble Please remember this is my own personal opinion on the book, and you might enjoy it a lotthan I did For me, I m quite a picky reader, so when there s so much like I ve highlighted especially all the slurs and such it turns me off a book Personally, this might just have been the deal with my opinion, the constant slurs might have just turned me off of the book itself without me really realising what was going on I feel like The Moon Pool deserves to get a second chance from me, I m not sure why It was possibly due to all the twists and turns that ended up giving me a headache, but this is good I just couldn t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.Please, if you want to read the book, give it a chance It s got a good premise and it s only my personal reading opinions as to why I didn t like it It might be your ultimate book of the year


  6. Mari Anne Mari Anne says:

    This story of two mothers searching for their lost sons, started out with promise The premise was interesting and the mystery intriguing But, once the mystery is solved, the book devolves into a strange and maudlin character study The relationship between the two mothers which was strange and annoying but tolerable at the beginning becomes grating toward the end The characters are thinly drawn and stereotypical Feels like a freshman book Good but could have been stronger.


  7. Julie Julie says:

    This book has such potential, and I am sad that it didn t live up to it The beginning of the book is great Colleen Mitchell flies to remote Lawton, ND, to search for her missing son, Paul, who has been working for one of the oil companies in the area, Hunter Cole Energy She immediately hooks up with Shay Capparelli, the mother of Taylor, Paul s best friend, who is also missing The two women start investigating the disappearance, taking on the local police, the oil workers and higher ups, and This book has such potential, and I am sad that it didn t live up to it The beginning of the book is great Colleen Mitchell flies to remote Lawton, ND, to search for her missing son, Paul, who has been working for one of the oil companies in the area, Hunter Cole Energy She immediately hooks up with Shay Capparelli, the mother of Taylor, Paul s best friend, who is also missing The two women start investigating the disappearance, taking on the local police, the oil workers and higher ups, and even the folks on the nearby Indian reservation.This part of the book is great The writing is evocative You really get a sense of the place, the people, and can appreciate the two women s franticness to find their sons The relationship between the women is complicated but interesting to watch develop I loved this part of the book and the story.Then, at about 70% of the way into the book, the fate of the two young men is discovered And the book takes a hard left turn into WTF territory Not WTF as in an implausible plot, actions, resolution, etc, but WTF as in what the heck happened to the gritty mystery I was reading and why am I suddenly in a dull family drama All of the interesting elements of the problems surrounding Hunter Cole, local tensions with the Native Americans, etc., are simply jettisoned, and the final 30% of the book meanders around mostly Colleen s life in Boston in the aftermath, and the two women coming to terms with what happened If felt like a huge bait and switch.The first 70% of the book gets a hearty five stars However, because of the side tracked, meandering ending, the final overall rating is 3 stars


  8. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    I have been a fan of this author s for a long time After reading Garden of Stones, I was looking forward to reading this book I have to say that while I did like this book, I was not in love with it like I was Garden of Stones I felt Colleen and Shay s pain as mothers on a mission to find the truth about their sons I just felt that the story lacked a stronger plot or maybe it was the secondary characters They were not as likable as Colleen and Shay Plus, I really felt like the first half o I have been a fan of this author s for a long time After reading Garden of Stones, I was looking forward to reading this book I have to say that while I did like this book, I was not in love with it like I was Garden of Stones I felt Colleen and Shay s pain as mothers on a mission to find the truth about their sons I just felt that the story lacked a stronger plot or maybe it was the secondary characters They were not as likable as Colleen and Shay Plus, I really felt like the first half of this book was way drawn out and the second half of the book felt rushed Rushed in a way to get all the details out regarding what happened to the two boys When I did find out the truth I wish I could say I had an Ah Ha moment but I did not It wasof an That was it moment While this book was not one of my favorites, I am still a fan of this author s


  9. Darcy Darcy says:

    There were times when I was reading that I thought about quitting the book Things were slow and quite honestly very depressing I had a hard time finding anything to like about the moms and hated the town and the community where things went down, no one seemed nice there By the time we got to the end of the book and found out what happened and why I had a hard time even caring, just glad to be done.


  10. Rayna Rayna says:

    The Missing Place, by Sophie Littlefield, provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenging conditions surrounding the current North Dakota oil boom Often described as a modern day, Wild West, this novel delves into the economic, social, and political issues facing the many individuals seeking to, cash in, on the second gold rush However, instead of focusing on the never ending quest for the almighty dollar, this story is told from the perspectives of two women who come to North Dakota The Missing Place, by Sophie Littlefield, provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenging conditions surrounding the current North Dakota oil boom Often described as a modern day, Wild West, this novel delves into the economic, social, and political issues facing the many individuals seeking to, cash in, on the second gold rush However, instead of focusing on the never ending quest for the almighty dollar, this story is told from the perspectives of two women who come to North Dakota desperately seeking the whereabouts of their missing adult sons Each woman on a personal quest for answers, rather than income A reader is made instantly aware of the vast differences between these characters Ultimately, I was surprised at the bond these women formed with each other while fighting not only brutal weather conditions, but a tight lipped , male dominated community It was this surprise that made me enjoy, The Missing Place, as much as I did Rather than taking the inspirational path of character above crisis, this story examined a relationship that was far from stoic In this reader s opinion the author, Sophie Littlefield, took an extremely realistic approach portraying these opposite characters as just that, different In many scenarios, it s these differences that become the biggest challenge threatening the success of their search Overall I found, The Missing Place, to be an interesting look into a very unique and specific division of working class America Evenso, I was impressed by this author s thoughtful approach toward the character development of two women facing every mother s worst nightmare This novel exemplifies how some of the strongest bonds formed in life can, at times, be the ugliest


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  1. ReadAlongWithSue ReadAlongWithSue says:

    Two Mums, two sons, both not knowing each other who work on the Oil Riggs but have gone missing What would you do Well I am sure after going frantic you would want to go and see what is what So they both travel and stay in the same place where they re sons stayed Black Creek Lodge,What are the company doing to find them zilch Its shocking.There are a lot of characters you will dislike and some you won t The discovery is unraveled by the Moms who form an bond in the same heartrending saga o Two Mums, two sons, both not knowing each other who work on the Oil Riggs but have gone missing What would you do Well I am sure after going frantic you would want to go and see what is what So they both travel and stay in the same place where they re sons stayed Black Creek Lodge,What are the company doing to find them zilch Its shocking.There are a lot of characters you will dislike and some you won t The discovery is unraveled by the Moms who form an bond in the same heartrending saga of where are they.Its well written, page turner indeed.This isn t the first book I have read by this author I like her style and I liked this storyline.I received this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Net Galley

  2. Tez Tez says:

    SPOILER WARNING This review contains a spoiler It doesn t tell you whodunit, but who didn t TRIGGER WARNING The novel contains ableist and racist slurs, but the review doesn t.Two mothers from different lifestyles band together to find their sons In icy North Dakota, humble humans take on big business in an underdog story Well, that s what I expected And for two thirds, the book is like that the heroines asking questions, getting shut down threatened So far, so good.But in the final SPOILER WARNING This review contains a spoiler It doesn t tell you whodunit, but who didn t TRIGGER WARNING The novel contains ableist and racist slurs, but the review doesn t.Two mothers from different lifestyles band together to find their sons In icy North Dakota, humble humans take on big business in an underdog story Well, that s what I expected And for two thirds, the book is like that the heroines asking questions, getting shut down threatened So far, so good.But in the final third, where the mystery is solved, the story takes a totally different turn Admittedly, it s been a long time since I regularly read crime novels, but I seem to remember that if the story is set in a certain place or occupation, it has something to do with the case.In this novel, the oilfields and reservations leasing rights to drill are red herrings The disappearances have nothing to do with those This story could ve been set ANYWHERE, but I thought the oil and money might ve been important to the case They aren t.Up until then, I really enjoyed this novel But that final third doesn t live up to the greatness of the rest of the book Disappointing

  3. Susan Susan says:

    I enjoyed reading THE MISSING PLACE I liked the mystery element and I liked the interaction between uptight Colleen and laid back Shay I ll look for the rest of Sophie Littlefield s books based on how much I loved THE MISSING PLACE Once I started reading, I was so invested in these two moms that I was turning the pages like a mad woman I just had to know what happened to these two boys Sophie Littlefield doesn t pull any punches in her writing Brutal and honest, this is a disturbing tale I enjoyed reading THE MISSING PLACE I liked the mystery element and I liked the interaction between uptight Colleen and laid back Shay I ll look for the rest of Sophie Littlefield s books based on how much I loved THE MISSING PLACE Once I started reading, I was so invested in these two moms that I was turning the pages like a mad woman I just had to know what happened to these two boys Sophie Littlefield doesn t pull any punches in her writing Brutal and honest, this is a disturbing tale of what a mother will do to protect her child As a mother myself, I can not imagine what I would feel like if this was my child that had gone missing.Note I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  4. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield, an intense, page turner mystery of two strong and opposite female protagonists willing to risk it all, in order to save their sons from the cold dark town and oil fields in North DakotaIf you are seeking a weekend book to curl up with, for a guaranteed intriguing, satisfying and engaging ride, this is it Two boysTaylor and Paulgo missing the same day iA special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield, an intense, page turner mystery of two strong and opposite female protagonists willing to risk it all, in order to save their sons from the cold dark town and oil fields in North DakotaIf you are seeking a weekend book to curl up with, for a guaranteed intriguing, satisfying and engaging ride, this is it Two boysTaylor and Paulgo missing the same day in Lawton, North Dakota where they are working on an oil rig and staying at the Black Creek Lodge All the hotels are full due to the workers, and the size of the small townThink a big Walmart, a few hotels, trailer parks, and truck stops. When two mothers cannot get any answers from the local authorities or the energy company, they both set out a dangerous quest to attain answers about their sonsstuck in a small trailer Two mothershave never met one anotherShay,mother of Taylor , is an in your face, brash, passionate, single mom street smart, low on cash, from the wrong side of the tracks in California She has an honest and open relationship with her son and they are very close She will do anything to find himand boy, is she creative and resourcefulColleen,mother of ADHD dyslexic son, Paul , wealthy housewife from Boston, with her classic pearls and cashmere sweaters, and perfect hair married to Andy, a successful attorney, has connections and money and level headed She can open doors Shay cannot Each have their own strengths She and her son have a not so close and strained relationship She is overprotective and controlling, due to Paul s past behavior issues First, let me say, I loved the front cover, and the summary, as I knew this would be a book, I had to read and have been saving it It exceeded my expectations andA definite 5 Star This was my first book by Littlefield and cannot wait to read , as love her style Told from three POVShay, Colleen, and T.L , which I enjoyed as you learn the intimate thoughts, actions, reactions, and raw feelings from different viewpoints There is sooooo much to this story, as a former whistleblower, I love uncovering misdeeds of large corporations as root for the underdog and those threatened However, this was not just a story about the mishaps, cover ups, and corruption of Hunter Cole Energy There is the Indian Reservation and land leases, and how these people have been taken advantage of An innocent boy, with sins of the father and a past history of characters from the sheriff s office to the Indian Reservation, which have been passed down to the next generation.Most importantly is the human interest side of the novel, written with great depth and vivid settings and descriptions, pulling the reader into this unsure world, not knowing who they can trust This is no ordinary crime mystery It is thought provoking in so many ways and much left to the reader to draw conclusions Littlefield skillfully crafts a riveting suspense which keeps you glued to the page with her well developed charactersA read in one setting kind of book Block out the time, it is worth itThe dynamics between these two womenShay and Colleen Award winning These two women could not be any different two mothers stuck in a small trailer with no restroom or kitchen, in the cold of winter, going to the truck stop to dine and take their showers, their differences in clothes, the disagreements, not knowing what the other will do next, their different ways of child rearing, and personalities Full of wit and humor as the scene with Shay, the attorney, the camera in the hotel room was priceless And the scene at the landlord s trailer What they go through to get answers highly creative on the author s part Yes, agree with some of the other reviewers, the first 75% of the book was intense and then you wonder what is to come in the last 25% The pace slows down However, this is not a bad thing During the last 25% of the book, these two women are now figuring out how to live with the past, the fallout, and learning from one another their strengths and weaknesses It turns into a human interest story how things would have been different, what brought them to this place The stages from grief, anger, forgiveness, to acceptance Being in the wrong place at the wrong time The part each character played through desperation, fear, and survival Shay is definitely the stronger of the two, as she is a spitfire however, Colleen is strong in her own way as she has put focus and energy into protecting and sheltering her son, while not allowing him to really live and experience life, to fail and learn from the experience For Colleen, it is always about clean up, cover it up, save face However, Colleen keeps Shay level headed at times and Shay helps Colleen see life as living and enjoying, not so much about money and appearances,learned behavior traits Colleen inherited from her mom.I realize you can only fit so much in one book however, thinking it could almost be a sequel, with another story of Andy and his work to help the Indian Reservation, and TL alsoabout the family dynamics of Elizabethas what brought her to do what she did , her family, and connection with TL s family history.Highly recommend THE MISSING PLACE, and fans of intense drama, mystery, suspense, female dynamics, and rich characters will enjoy, as well as fans of authors, Diane Chamberlain, Sandra Brown, Heather Gudenkauf, Emilie Richards, and Kristin HannahLooking forward to readingfrom this talented author An ideal book for book clubs, groups and discussions Judith D Collins Must Read Books TOP 30 BOOKS OF 2014

  5. Lör K. Lör K. says:

    You don t get to choose from a menu of tragedies and losses, don t get to consider which you can survive and which will crush you God simply serves them up and there you are you either play the hand He deals, or you give upRating 3 5This could have been four stars so easily if I didn t have so many problems sobs Publication Date 2nd September, 2014Review Date 03rd May 2017Trigger warnings some slight ableist language, the r slur is used in chapter fourteen, ableist lYou don t get to choose from a menu of tragedies and losses, don t get to consider which you can survive and which will crush you God simply serves them up and there you are you either play the hand He deals, or you give upRating 3 5This could have been four stars so easily if I didn t have so many problems sobs Publication Date 2nd September, 2014Review Date 03rd May 2017Trigger warnings some slight ableist language, the r slur is used in chapter fourteen, ableist language, r slur again in chapter fifteen, and n word used in chapter sixteen, possible Native American Native Indian my apologies, I don t know the correct term slur in chapter twenty seven.All spoilers marked with correct formatting Review can also be found here on my blog spoilers not hidden Are y all ready for what is probably my longest review so far Kinda ranty, sorry Twenty year old Taylor Capparelli and Paul Mitchell go missing in Lawton, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Oasis Energy The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a man camp providing room and board The mothers of the two boys come to Lawton to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance Shay Capparelli, a 41 year old single grandmother, hasgrit than resources for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Mitchell, the opposite is true Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each others methods and motivations but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their son s employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.When I first got The Moon Pool, I was really excited to start reading it The premise seemed really good, and the plot sounded like it was going to be exciting However, when I first started it, I found that it was extremely slow paced and I struggled to get into it I was ready to completely throw this book aside when there was a twist introduced at the end of chapter fourteen that captured my attention and dragged me straight in the book.In my opinion Chapter fourteen chapter fifteen is way too late in a book to begin introducing the interesting part of the story If I had quit out onechapter before, I wouldn t have discovered the twist.One thing straight away that bugs me a lot is the characters and the point of view changes It s hard to tell which mother is who, who all the characters are, and the point of view changes are really harsh It s hard to tell when they happen and it took me to read the whole chapter when the first point of view change happens to actively understand that the point of view had changed and to get everything that Littlefield wanted the reader to get This was really disappointing, I hate having to reread whole chapters just to get that one piece of information in it to understand what s happening and it shouldn t have to happen.There are a few spelling and grammar mistakes in here through instead of thought, to instead of too I m really not sitting here trying to pick holes but surely, surely, being published through an actual publisher rather than being self published, that means that an editor has to read it, someone who is meant to pick these details up It s rather infuriating as these things stand out and drag you out of the mood of the book and it takes a few sentences to get back into the story Careless mistakes that should have been picked up countless times, by not only word processing, but also editors, human eyes, and readers These mistakes should not have made it to publication I feel the characters are very weak Colleen seems to be like a little lost lamb, just trailing around after Shay She takes way too long to become useful to the actual story line Of course, it s her story we are following, mainly, but she just feels so weak She bored me, and I didn t want to readabout her Honestly I wanted wayof Shay She was definitely the stronger mother, and the stronger character It s almost as if Shay gotbrainstorming as to what Littlefield wanted her to be.That being said, the characters definitely get better around 60% of the way through the book Shay is one bad ass mother fucker and I have such infinite respect for her I relate to her a little bit too much with the way she loses her cool and tends to say things she goes on to regret She s a cool character, with a lot of pent up anger I do feel, however, Shay could have been so muchthan just the one with the brains and the mouth I think she deserved better than what she got She could have been a lot , and it saddens me to see that her character isn t really fully utilised, in my opinion.Colleen also gets better and actually becomes useful to the story She becomes a much better character andlikeable for me, personally In my opinion, though, this development should have happened earlier, rather than at 60 65% of the book I spent a large portion of this book just scowling a lot at Colleen s actions, and seeing how long I had until the next point of view change However, this does fall a little short With the amount of twists and turns, I felt like I was lost in the countryside, desperately trying to find my way back to the correct path that would take me home I enjoyed this, I admit, but at the same time, there is a lot going on, and Littlefield could have done with a few less plot twists and turns view spoiler We find out this girl is pregnant with one of the boy s child, and then it turns out it s not actually her, it s her cousin, who is underage by a few months and has to keep everything a secret hide spoiler This just felt like too much to divulge in only a few chapters This could have been spaced out , and it feels like as the book begins to draw to the conclusion, Littlefield was trying to get everything out instead of spacing it all out Maybe she was writing to a deadline I don t know But it was annoying as hell, and I felt breathless trying to keep up with it.The chapters dedicated to T.L really didn t need to be added in Each chapter I just groaned and rolled my eyes Luckily, they re only short, so they go by very quickly, but they weren t needed They were really distracting from the plot and I kept forgetting things trying to understand what T.L was trying to do and it was so aggravating I understand that these were put in to prepare the reader for chapter thirty one, and so that we know who T.L is However, when chapter thirty one came, I felt like I had no clue who this person was, I didn t really care what was happening, I wanted to follow what was happening in chapter thirty Like, come on view spoiler One of them finds their son and they find out what happened to the other son hide spoiler I just wanna follow on from that and find out what s happening I don t really care about T.L right now All this being said, though, it twists again I was getting pretty sick of twists at this point in the story, but this one This one tells us everything that happened, everything we ve been waiting on And damn did Littlefield do good I was completely taken aback Everything was brand new, everything we knew was shattered out of perspective and we were left wondering what the hell is now going on It was also vaguely annoying to me personally, but I won t go into that Shay loses a lot of character development, view spoiler who can blame her after her son dies hide spoiler , but it was painful to read She just spiralled and spiralled into a mess that I just couldn t wrap my head around I understand why, I understand, but I feel like she just spiralled too much and lost too much character development There are times where the 60% BAMF Shay comes through again, but dear l rd, she lost so much It was heartbreaking to see such an amazing character just become someone I couldn t even bring myself to like Colleen also becomes a total fucking bitch and I couldn t stand her at the 80% mark Don t even get me started on ColleenI love how this book continues past 86%, going on after the book has seemingly come to a close view spoiler They find Taylor s body, and Littlefield takes us on one last adventure to say goodbye to the boy we never knew, but felt a pang of sadness for when we discover he died hide spoiler I think this was really sweet, on Littlefield s part, even if it did take the book longer and slowed the pace right down Personally, I would have done the same thing, and it s nice to see and to read.This ended absolutely beautifully and really brought the book to a close It was a stunning last few chapters that honestly had me in tears once or twice I wasn t keen on this at all, but these last chapters definitely made it worthwhile to read It s just a shame the writing wasn t 100% like the writing at the end, I think that would have made this a little easier to read for me, personally The writing at the end felt a lotemotional, andheartfelt It made everything just fall into place and the rest of the book felt quite rushed, quite out there and like Littlefield was trying to get everything out as soon as possible especially with how the twists kept coming and coming like they were on some kind of convoy, being deposited one after the other The one last thing that really annoys me is the title The Moon Pool What is a moon pool What relevance did it have to the story Am I being a total idiot and it refers to serious spoiler view spoiler Tyler falling through the cracking ice hide spoiler Is that what it is It s the only thing I can think of and the only thing that really makes sense Why is it called The Moon Pool damn it, what it the relevance Now, please do not get this review wrong This book is a good one in my opinion, it s pretty mediocre That being said I have read a lot better books in my life time Littlefield has great talent, and I think that this might just be one of her weaker books I really hope this isn t her best book, if it is, she s in trouble Please remember this is my own personal opinion on the book, and you might enjoy it a lotthan I did For me, I m quite a picky reader, so when there s so much like I ve highlighted especially all the slurs and such it turns me off a book Personally, this might just have been the deal with my opinion, the constant slurs might have just turned me off of the book itself without me really realising what was going on I feel like The Moon Pool deserves to get a second chance from me, I m not sure why It was possibly due to all the twists and turns that ended up giving me a headache, but this is good I just couldn t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.Please, if you want to read the book, give it a chance It s got a good premise and it s only my personal reading opinions as to why I didn t like it It might be your ultimate book of the year

  6. Mari Anne Mari Anne says:

    This story of two mothers searching for their lost sons, started out with promise The premise was interesting and the mystery intriguing But, once the mystery is solved, the book devolves into a strange and maudlin character study The relationship between the two mothers which was strange and annoying but tolerable at the beginning becomes grating toward the end The characters are thinly drawn and stereotypical Feels like a freshman book Good but could have been stronger.

  7. Julie Julie says:

    This book has such potential, and I am sad that it didn t live up to it The beginning of the book is great Colleen Mitchell flies to remote Lawton, ND, to search for her missing son, Paul, who has been working for one of the oil companies in the area, Hunter Cole Energy She immediately hooks up with Shay Capparelli, the mother of Taylor, Paul s best friend, who is also missing The two women start investigating the disappearance, taking on the local police, the oil workers and higher ups, and This book has such potential, and I am sad that it didn t live up to it The beginning of the book is great Colleen Mitchell flies to remote Lawton, ND, to search for her missing son, Paul, who has been working for one of the oil companies in the area, Hunter Cole Energy She immediately hooks up with Shay Capparelli, the mother of Taylor, Paul s best friend, who is also missing The two women start investigating the disappearance, taking on the local police, the oil workers and higher ups, and even the folks on the nearby Indian reservation.This part of the book is great The writing is evocative You really get a sense of the place, the people, and can appreciate the two women s franticness to find their sons The relationship between the women is complicated but interesting to watch develop I loved this part of the book and the story.Then, at about 70% of the way into the book, the fate of the two young men is discovered And the book takes a hard left turn into WTF territory Not WTF as in an implausible plot, actions, resolution, etc, but WTF as in what the heck happened to the gritty mystery I was reading and why am I suddenly in a dull family drama All of the interesting elements of the problems surrounding Hunter Cole, local tensions with the Native Americans, etc., are simply jettisoned, and the final 30% of the book meanders around mostly Colleen s life in Boston in the aftermath, and the two women coming to terms with what happened If felt like a huge bait and switch.The first 70% of the book gets a hearty five stars However, because of the side tracked, meandering ending, the final overall rating is 3 stars

  8. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    I have been a fan of this author s for a long time After reading Garden of Stones, I was looking forward to reading this book I have to say that while I did like this book, I was not in love with it like I was Garden of Stones I felt Colleen and Shay s pain as mothers on a mission to find the truth about their sons I just felt that the story lacked a stronger plot or maybe it was the secondary characters They were not as likable as Colleen and Shay Plus, I really felt like the first half o I have been a fan of this author s for a long time After reading Garden of Stones, I was looking forward to reading this book I have to say that while I did like this book, I was not in love with it like I was Garden of Stones I felt Colleen and Shay s pain as mothers on a mission to find the truth about their sons I just felt that the story lacked a stronger plot or maybe it was the secondary characters They were not as likable as Colleen and Shay Plus, I really felt like the first half of this book was way drawn out and the second half of the book felt rushed Rushed in a way to get all the details out regarding what happened to the two boys When I did find out the truth I wish I could say I had an Ah Ha moment but I did not It wasof an That was it moment While this book was not one of my favorites, I am still a fan of this author s

  9. Darcy Darcy says:

    There were times when I was reading that I thought about quitting the book Things were slow and quite honestly very depressing I had a hard time finding anything to like about the moms and hated the town and the community where things went down, no one seemed nice there By the time we got to the end of the book and found out what happened and why I had a hard time even caring, just glad to be done.

  10. Rayna Rayna says:

    The Missing Place, by Sophie Littlefield, provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenging conditions surrounding the current North Dakota oil boom Often described as a modern day, Wild West, this novel delves into the economic, social, and political issues facing the many individuals seeking to, cash in, on the second gold rush However, instead of focusing on the never ending quest for the almighty dollar, this story is told from the perspectives of two women who come to North Dakota The Missing Place, by Sophie Littlefield, provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenging conditions surrounding the current North Dakota oil boom Often described as a modern day, Wild West, this novel delves into the economic, social, and political issues facing the many individuals seeking to, cash in, on the second gold rush However, instead of focusing on the never ending quest for the almighty dollar, this story is told from the perspectives of two women who come to North Dakota desperately seeking the whereabouts of their missing adult sons Each woman on a personal quest for answers, rather than income A reader is made instantly aware of the vast differences between these characters Ultimately, I was surprised at the bond these women formed with each other while fighting not only brutal weather conditions, but a tight lipped , male dominated community It was this surprise that made me enjoy, The Missing Place, as much as I did Rather than taking the inspirational path of character above crisis, this story examined a relationship that was far from stoic In this reader s opinion the author, Sophie Littlefield, took an extremely realistic approach portraying these opposite characters as just that, different In many scenarios, it s these differences that become the biggest challenge threatening the success of their search Overall I found, The Missing Place, to be an interesting look into a very unique and specific division of working class America Evenso, I was impressed by this author s thoughtful approach toward the character development of two women facing every mother s worst nightmare This novel exemplifies how some of the strongest bonds formed in life can, at times, be the ugliest

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