Missing by Adiva Geffen
Internationally best-selling suspense master Adiva Geffen in going to launch you on a whirlwind adventure with Israel's mostly hotly pursued private detectives. And this time the good guys might not win.
How far will they go?
After finding and securing Daria, a young runaway, Sammy and Dikla are left slack-jawed upon discovering her dead body. Local police determine the case to be an open-and-shut suicide, but a far more sinister plot is about to be uncovered.
Drama, Pain & Passion…
Follow these never-say-die investigators down the rabbit-hole of heaven-sent cults and con-artists as they attempt to reveal the truth once and for all, while juggling raw, heated relationships and heart-pounding drama. Real-life, down-to-earth dialogue will put you in the front row seat of a story that will make the bath water go cold around you.
Israel is an enigma for most of the world. A small oasis in the desert. Adiva Gaffen brings the story set in the heart of Israel. Religious fanaticism and hunger for money is a deadly cocktail. It a quagmire in which once you set foot it is very difficult to get out. It can be dangerous even deadly. The talks of salvation, eternal peace, bringing out inner happiness and eternal bliss are very lucrative. But when it is for ulterior motives results are disastrous.
The story starts when Daria who is staying with Dikla for one night jumps to her death from the terrace. Dikla is distraught and feels guilty for her death. Sammy and Dikla are two detectives which find it difficult to keep afloat. They are out of cases and money. Sammy is old and can hardly move. Dikla is her hand and foot in the field. Eve is Sammy’s classmate from school and she owes eve big time due to some guilt trip. So when Eve’s daughter Daria goes missing Eve approaches her to find Daria out. Eve is very secretive and makes it a point that this should not be told to her husband. Also she needs daily update of the progress. Dikla is very resourceful and finds out Daria. She is terrified and depressed. Daria talks of salvation and eternal peace. When they inform Eve to take her; she requests to keep Daria with them for one night. And then Daria commits suicide after a mysterious pizza delivery boy comes to deliver pizza and delivers a message about some eclipse and end of world. The case is closed by police but Dikla is convinced of foul play. She keeps on digging and it bring out some dark and horrible secrets.
I was hooked to the book from page one and kept me hooked till end. It has plenty of humour which keeps proceedings light. Chemistry between Sammy and Dikla is first rate and both understand each other perfectly. The books moves at a brisk pace and there not a single dull moment. The suspense is also good and layered. As I progressed in the many new revelations came to light.
All in all a very good mystery. Some passages which I liked are posted here:
1. I had to wait a good hour (three cigarettes and two packages of Oreos, to be exact) for the two childhood friends to finish rehashing all their sweet high school memories. Then I got up and told Sammy that I had to leave because Bodernick was waiting for us at the office to discuss “the project.”
2. Bodernick is a code word we use. It means Get going with the investigation, you pain-in-a-donkey’s-ass
3. “It’s true,” she said after she hung up. “Daria doesn’t have a phone number. Eve says she’s against cell phones. You were right, it’s some sort of stupid stance about radiation and environmental pollution. Daria belongs to the lunatic tribe of landline users.”
4. “I spent hours in the preschool and didn’t hear a single kid crying or screaming. On the other hand, I also didn’t see any of them laughing.”
5. But I’m loyal to my tiny Kia, which at least gives me a one in a million chance of finding a parking spot in Tel Aviv. With the giant Mrs. Ford, my chances of finding a parking spot are as slim as the US Army’s chances of wiping out ISIS. But for the sake of Sammy’s knee, I’d decided to accept my dad’s offer.
6. Shoshkowitz, right now your guilty conscience is a misfiring engine that’s driving your mind off the deep end.
7. I poured myself some whiskey, my best friend at such moments. I drank a couple of glasses and waited for the golden liquid to trickle into my system and melt some of my panic.
Recommendation and rating:
I would recommend it to those who like to read a humorous fast mystery. I give the book 4/ 5 stars.
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