MissingMissing by Lisa Harris
Series: The Nikki Boyd Files
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Revell on July 5, 2016
Pages: 320


In Missing by Lisa Harris, Special Agent Nikki Boyd is tasked with finding the missing Lucy Hudson, but as her search takes her closer to home, she doesn’t know who to trust and who is telling lies:

Nikki Boyd isn’t usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she’s ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant–and another dead body–Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business–including Nikki.

Missing is the second book in The Nikki Boyd Files series. Because I didn’t read the first book, I definitely felt like I was missing out on some of the character nuances, as though I should have already known these people. However, for a series book with a single heroine, Lisa did a much better job than others I’ve read of making book two accessible to new readers.

Special Agent Nikki Boyd follows the clues that pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing.

The character of Nikki Boyd, while fairly accessible, isn’t always the most relatable character. She seems like a woman able to do it all. However, she is certainly likable, and I was definitely rooting for the good guy throughout. The supporting characters are an interesting mix, from her apparently innocent love interest caught up in the center of this mystery to that man’s pathological liar father-in-law to the movers and shakers of pharmaceuticals. The supporting characters all play their roles well, and while they aren’t the most complex, they aren’t one-dimensional by any means.

Who can you trust when lies swirl around you?

The plot was a struggle to believe in parts. Nikki and her partner, Jack, are hunting a missing woman, but as they unravel the clues of this mystery, bodies are dropping like flies. In an effort to learn where Lucy may be hiding, they focus on solving the murders. It’s logical, however, it’s also clear that there is an entire team of homicide investigators also working that case. And they never talk. It doesn’t seem entirely possible that they would solve these murders first and with no help from the homicide investigators. So I guess that part bugged me a bit, and I would guess it will do the same for others who have even a remote understanding of real police procedure.

Missing is a fun, escapist police procedural with a decent whodunit for your summer reading.

That said, it certainly didn’t keep me from being entertained. I read this book while on a weekend camping trip, and I was definitely taking every opportunity to pick it up and read a few more pages. So while it may not be not-put-down-able, it is definitely pick-up-able.

I’d recommend this one for a short piece of escapist police procedural with a decent whodunnit. Given the opportunity, I would certainly read more of the Nikki Boyd series.

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