The Missing Place
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Twenty-year-old Taylor Jarvis and Paul Carroll go missing in Weir, 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 Weir to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance. Shay Jarvis, a 41-year-old single grandmother, has more grit than resources; for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Carroll, the opposite is true. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each other's 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.
Praise for THE MISSING PLACE
“Littlefield maximizes the emotional impact of her character-driven cautionary tale.” –Publishers Weekly
“Really good read. Readers will admire the tenacity of the lead characters…to find strength and answers together.” –Fitness Magazine
“The excellent writing will keep readers engrossed and unwilling to put the book down.” –RT Book Reviews
Thank you for inviting me to “cast” my book! It’s so much fun to imagine the story unfolding on the big screen.
Tea Leone is perfect to play Shay, the gritty down-on-her-luck single mother of Taylor. Her beach-girl blond good looks can turn brittle and even harsh in certain settings, which speaks to her versatility as an actress as well as her marvelously changeable look. This works for Shay, whose emotions run the gamut from fierce pride to relentless determination to grief to seduction to tentative hope.
Paul is a handsome young man, except his lack of confidence and shaky grasp on his life choices mean that he doesn’t know it. There’s a hint of fear in him, no matter the circumstances; a wounded quality to his interactions that can be troubling. Josh Hutcherson (from Hunger Games) has that same quality, to me: even when he is at his most heroic, you can discern the hurt he carries on the inside.
Paul’s mother Colleen does not see herself as strong or particularly likeable, and no one else does, either. She is also stiff and a bit too formal, her looks dulled by too much hairspray and the wrong clothes and makeup. But when the chips are down, she steps up with everything she’s got. I think Bellamy Young, who plays the first lady on SCANDAL, could capture those qualities perfectly.
About The Author
Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009) has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award.
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