Genres: Mystery, Young Adult, F/F Paranormal Romance
Lexi doesn’t like it when people touch her. No, that’s an understatement – Lexi flinches whenever someone touches her, because she can see how anyone will die if she has contact with their skin. She also sees ghosts, and can send them to wherever it is they should’ve gone when they died, but at great cost to her. She’s lonely and miserable, working at a night club to make ends meet where people like her are welcome. One night, she touches a woman who’s going to be murdered violently that night and when she meets her ghost, she knows she must do whatever it takes to avenge her.
This is an explosive young adult mystery, hitting you with Lexi’s rage and loneliness from page one. I thought I’d be impatient with all the teen angst going on (I’m old), but not at all: Lexi’s anger is almost refreshing among so many books where the main character is bland, pleasant and nice. She doesn’t want to be nice, even though Lexi is a good and caring person inside. She’s furious at the world, and when she meets Jane and she too is full of rage for the way she was murdered, they match so well. They understand each other’s darkness and misery. They make the other feel seen and loved for who they are now, not despite of it.
The mystery itself I thought was not the greatest triumph of this novel: I didn’t really guess the culprit and was underwhelmed by it in the end, but Missing, Presumed Dead, has many other strong points for which I recommend it. I love the message that even if you feel you’re broken and angry, you still deserve happiness, and that it doesn’t have to be perfect and no one else needs to understand. I’m a bit concerned at how the girls treat each other sometimes (Jane hurts Lexi at some point), but I think it makes sense in the context.
I devoured this book! Even though I thought the ending was a little too nicely tied together, I’m okay with it. If you want a ghostly, angry little book, you might want to pick this up. I thought it was also very fitting for a Halloween read!