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Songs for the Missing
Songs for the Missing
Author: Stewart O'Nan
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ISBN-13: 9780143116028
ISBN-10: 0143116029
Publication Date: 10/27/2009
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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AlamoLiz avatar reviewed Songs for the Missing on + 94 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A brilliantly observed novel about a family's worst nightmare that lingers in the imagination long after the last page is turned.
cranbery avatar reviewed Songs for the Missing on + 530 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book is a compelling account of one family and it's loss, which is so different for each member.

One of those you don't want to put down books.

I highyly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 1
"Songs for the Missing" is the story of Kim and her family. One hot July day, the summer before she is supposed to leave for college, Kim fails to show up for work one day. The story continues as her family and friends go through the process of trying to find Kim.

Based on a true story, "Songs for the Missing" is a book that definitely makes you think. What if Kim were your child? Your sister? Your friend? What would you do to find her? I loved that "Songs for the Missing" is a book that makes you think and sympathize with the characters (I hope you can't empathize).

"Songs for the Missing" will be released in October. I recommend that you check it out. The reasons that I didn't rate this particular book higher is because it never gave me that "can't put it down" feeling. Also, the little "synopsis" on the back gives away the entire story. So, if you don't like knowing how something will end, don't read the back! Read more at
njmom3 avatar reviewed Songs for the Missing on + 1355 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I had a very hard time with this book for several reasons. First, because of the intensity of the situation with which it deals. What could be worse than losing a child and not knowing what happened. Second, because this book is more about character and emotion than plot. I find plot-based books much easier reading. Third, because of the permeating sadness and tragedy. I did not dislike the book. I just had to walk away from it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book, I thought it was well written and the author does a good job of taking you into the mind of those affected my the disappearance of the daughter. It just becomes too much. You identify with the anguish of not knowing but somehow it feels like the author is playing with your emotions, sensationalizing the discription to pull at your emotional strings. Something about it doesn't seem honest to me. By the last third of the book I just wanted to get through it.
tombookrat avatar reviewed Songs for the Missing on
Helpful Score: 1
Heart-wrenching but sometimes tedious. Not bad but not his best.
reviewed Songs for the Missing on + 23 more book reviews
Enjoyed it. Classic O'Nan.
2manyb00ks avatar reviewed Songs for the Missing on + 203 more book reviews
I had mixed feelings reading this book. It was a good read, but not great, not spectacular. I felt like there was too much information that was missing from the story, but then there were useless details added. I found myself skimming through some parts. The ending certainly left a lot to be desired. Overall, just not real impressed.
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Well written tale of the trauma of a family whose teenage daughter goes missing. It is a mystery as well as a look at the actions people take to recover a lost child. It's so honestly told you begin to wonder if it's a real true life story.
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Stewart O'Nan allows his readers to glimpse the lives of those who alternately hope and mourn during the agony of a missing 18-year old girl, Kim. The day-to-day existence is charted from the individual perspectives of those who loved Kim, and how each attempts to cope with her disappearance. It alters relationships between everyone involved in the search to understand what happened to Kim. O'Nan is particularly gifted at these poignant descriptions, and allows the reader to experience all the emotions in this unimaginable event. It also makes us aware of the very real experiences of those whom we see on television pleading for help in finding a missing person. This book will continue to haunt me for a long time.