Sarah's Review: Missing Melissa by Alretha Thomas

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Twenty-two years old with a journalism degree from UCLA and a promising entry level position at a television station, Madeline Patterson is ready to take on the Universe. Raised by two loving parents, adored by her grandmother, protected by her dog, Pepper, and supported by her best friend—Madeline has it all. There’s only one thing missing—literally missing—her identical twin, Melissa.

When Madeline and Melissa were three-years-old, their mother was carjacked in broad daylight while taking them to a doctor’s appointment. She was able to get away with Madeline in tow, but the assailants left the scene before she could rescue Melissa. A long and massive search ensued, but Melissa was never found and is believed to be dead. However, a dream Madeline has on her twenty-second birthday, wherein Melissa appears to her as a grown woman pleading for help, convinces her Melissa is still alive. Against her parents’ wishes, Madeline vows to find her twin. However, in doing so, she unknowingly stumbles upon a series of startling clues that point to her parents’ possible involvement in Melissa’s disappearance. Paralyzed by fear, Madeline doesn’t want to face what could possibly be the ugly and grim truth about her parents. However, her desire to find Melissa propels her forward—but nothing could prepare her for what she discovers. 

I wasn't sure how I'd react to Missing Melissa.  I typically don't read mystery, ever.  The only mystery I usually like is dark/suspenseful erotica.  With that being said, I really enjoyed this book.

Maddie Patterson has just graduated college.  She's about to start a new job at the prestigious local TV news station.  She's got two loving parents, an adorable grandmother and a wonderful pet in Pepper, her English Mastiff.  The only thing she's missing is her twin, Melissa.  Melissa was abducted during a carjacking when she and Maddie were only three-years-old.  Maddie can't remember much from that day but is determined to find Melissa since a series of dreams she's had have lead her to believe that Melissa is alive.

Maddie and her best friend Ruby are stopping at nothing to put the word out about Melissa's disappearance 19 years ago and searching for her current whereabouts. 

Missing Melissa was filled with plenty of what-ifs, whodunnits and plot twists.  That's what really captured my attention.  When all is said and done, I was definitely left happy and yet sad at the outcome of events that lead up to the completion of the story.  If you've not read anything from Alretha Thomas, I definitely suggest picking this book up.  It will leave you on the edge of your seat until the final chapters.

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