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I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Nominally the story of an American sister who lands in the Indian city of Mumbai formerly Bombay to find out her sibling has gone missing, this is really a tale of the dark side of this vibrant but scary metropolis The picture painted of the city bursts out of the pages and brings the place alive I ve never been there but I found that I could picture it clearly in my mind the noise, the bustle, the poverty and the feeling I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Nominally the story of an American sister who lands in the Indian city of Mumbai formerly Bombay to find out her sibling has gone missing, this is really a tale of the dark side of this vibrant but scary metropolis The picture painted of the city bursts out of the pages and brings the place alive I ve never been there but I found that I could picture it clearly in my mind the noise, the bustle, the poverty and the feeling of being somewhere very un Western, with strange customs and threats at first unseen but very real for women travelling alone The reader is introduced to a variety of characters, all of which feel very real The interactions and the dialogue all have the feel of truth about them I felt fully immersed in the fate of the sisters and, though the pace was frantic, I never sensed an out of place character or an unlikely or misplaced phrase It was all very cleverly done and it dragged me along as a willing witness.The other element that was particularly impressive was the way the pace and tension were sustained throughout Every now and then a new twist was thrown in or a new player was introduced that changed the dynamic just enough to create new doubt or extend the fear that was kept bubbling throughout This was never over done, I never felt manipulated it was a subtle yet powerful display on the part of the author.Overall I found this to be a well written and gripping thriller that will, I m sure, keep many readers awake late into the night as, like me, they devour another chapter and keep sleep at bay a little longer A very impressive debut from an author new to me (((BOOK))) ↜ The Girl Who Went Missing ⇖ When June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not thereConvinced that Thalia s no show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sisterPolice Commissioner Oscar D Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gut instinct when it comes to a missing girl And with and dead foreign women being found in his precinct, he becomes convinced a conspiracy is at playThrough the two worlds of American naivet and Indian chaos, they must find the girl who went missing BLURBWhen June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not there.Convinced that Thalia s no show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sister.Police Commissioner Oscar D Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gu BLURBWhen June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not there.Convinced that Thalia s no show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sister.Police Commissioner Oscar D Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gut instinct when it comes to a missing girl And withanddead foreign women being found in his precinct, he becomes convinced a conspiracy is at play.Through the two worlds of American naivet and Indian chaos, they must find the girl who went missing.COMMENTSThis is the kind of suspense thriller that has me jumping up and down with excitement Not only does it contain all the elements of this genre high drama, unbearable suspense, and fast pacing, it is also rich in cultural diversity which forms the colorful background As a debut novel it is a winner It is not only a suspense thriller It is also an informative journey about a country and its wealth of cultures and people.There is no sugar coating of neither the characters nor the circumstances India is portrayed with its petticoats hanging out, which ensures a well balanced and exciting experience.Some spelling mistakes are found here and there perhaps four, but it did not interfere with the enjoyment of one of the best debut novels I was fortunate to review.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as an entertaining and informative suspense thriller I simply loved the experience Ace Varkey and I are friends I promise I ll still write an honest review The Girl Who Went Missing comes out in April Its her first book A Mystery thriller I honestly think we are seeing a new voice emerge Ace is an excellent writer She s a tantalizing storyteller The Girl Who Went Missing is page turning gripping and disturbing because it is unmistakably human Page one had me shivering Smack in my face intense I was captivated with the way Ace captured the surroundings of I Ace Varkey and I are friends I promise I ll still write an honest review The Girl Who Went Missing comes out in April Its her first book A Mystery thriller I honestly think we are seeing a new voice emerge Ace is an excellent writer She s a tantalizing storyteller The Girl Who Went Missing is page turning gripping and disturbing because it is unmistakably human Page one had me shivering Smack in my face intense I was captivated with the way Ace captured the surroundings of India Hot days, cheap hotels, packed trains and train stations, busloads of people, villages, restaurants, cafes, foods, long lines, living on the roads, apartment buildings, 14th century temples, Taj Mahal Palace, old buildings, new buildings, hotels, vendors, movie theaters, touts, prostitutes, The University of Mumbai, the US Consulate, the beach on Goa, Ashrams, festivals, silks, cobras, cows, and dirt A little about the story itself Thalia Warner is from Berkeley, California She goes to Mumbai on a Fulbright scholarship Professor Pillai is her advisor at the University of Mumbai She is living at the YMCA Its been Thalia life dream to study the Saraswati temples, their festivals, and everything related to the Goddess Her dissertation is on Saraswati temples Thalia is also a free spirit She doesn t always follow the rules where she lives at the Y for women She forgets to turn her room key in at the front desk each time she leaves, even though its required She also doesn t always do what her Professor says, creating problems between them Thalia also refuses to have a cell phone so she is not easy to reach June is Thalia s older sister, also living in Berkeley She just got dumped by a guy named Peter she was to marry To recharge she takes her vacation to Mumbai to stay with her sister Thalia got her ticket and a room right next to hers They are suppose to meet at the airport Thalia does not show up Oscar D Costa is the commissioner, He has been with the police force 25 years He s never gotten use to murders, rapes, torture, and sheer contempt for a human s life His own daughter, Violet was murdered He feels responsible because his wife, Dulcie, had called one night saying she wasn t home from a party Costa was at work doing Police work Costa didn t respond as a father fast enough He responded like a police officer, saying she probably just lost track of time Living with the loss of his daughter and guilt, Costa is determinedthan ever to try to prevent another young girl from being murdered and having their parent feel what he does Costa and Grant Kruger, head of the US Consulate are both trying to solve the mystery of Thalia Warner June is trying to do her own limited research meeting friends of Thalia s from the YMCA..etc What s it like being a single woman a foreigner in India I was one of those single white females in India during the early 70 s I didn t dream to spend my time chanting in an Ashram yet I did I didn t dream on sunbathing on the beach in Goa yet I did that too I didn t go to India to study at the University either I just kept moving exploring discovering, and waking up to the world around me I stayed in many of those cheap hotels I stayed at the YMCA I traveled on those packed trains I remember getting approached for drugs I had a glimpse of the underworld I also saw the beauty.and much kindness from the people Here s a quote I liked in Ace s book Most foreigners step onto Indian soil only to be immediately confused, amazed, dazzled by the great differences they may have read about, even anticipated, but which still unnerved them and that was when the touts approached them A very intelligent well written Mystery thriller filled with richness sorrows Highly Recommend The overall story of a missing sister in India and the attempts to find her via minimal clues in a country and city as large and packed as India and Mumbai was fairly intriguing And looking at child prostitution and trafficking and how some of that occurs, young girls taken from small poor families from poor rural areas with promises of a much better life, etc., was also interesting and probably accurate But the story needs a lot of editing help There was way too much rambling and yarning on The overall story of a missing sister in India and the attempts to find her via minimal clues in a country and city as large and packed as India and Mumbai was fairly intriguing And looking at child prostitution and trafficking and how some of that occurs, young girls taken from small poor families from poor rural areas with promises of a much better life, etc., was also interesting and probably accurate But the story needs a lot of editing help There was way too much rambling and yarning on and on through the eyes of the main 5 or 6 characters and not enough clever dialogue where the thoughts of each of these characters should have been subtly revealed instead of through these rambling mental diatribes A lot of the thoughts and dialogue didn t seem cohesive or well put together Pretty amateurish work But with some work and help from some professionals, this could have been an excellent story I hope the author will attend some advanced writing classes and engage some excellent experienced help, because the overall story was interesting and I read right through it without ever being bored Elyse and Kelly Did it really deserve five stars I read it because of your 5 star reviews even though I noticed there were only about 48 goodreads reviews Not my best read and I ll remind you the two stars means it was OK I received an early ebook of The Girl Who Went Missing, and am already curious about Varkey s next writing endeavor The story is set in India, a place I am always interested in reading about, and starts off well and quite gripping I don t want to give much of the story away, but it held my attention, though it was, at times, a tad descriptive, with too little dialogue, but that s just me The writing is very fluid and eloquent, and the setting is quite fleshed out and seems very real sometim I received an early ebook of The Girl Who Went Missing, and am already curious about Varkey s next writing endeavor The story is set in India, a place I am always interested in reading about, and starts off well and quite gripping I don t want to give much of the story away, but it held my attention, though it was, at times, a tad descriptive, with too little dialogue, but that s just me The writing is very fluid and eloquent, and the setting is quite fleshed out and seems very real sometimes dubiously real All in all, I certainly enjoyed this mystery and would recommend it highly to fans of crime fiction, particularly in aexotic for me setting.Findreviews and bookish fun at I received this book as an ARC from the author I have never read a book for an author before because I always worried about having to give it a bad reviewI m nothing if not honest For that reason I was very relieved I loved this bookfor a few reasons I love to enumerate things 1 On a pure entertainment level it was fantastic I could not put it down and was invested in the characters I love thrillers and expect to be thrilledI was I felt like I was in IndiaI could see the c I received this book as an ARC from the author I have never read a book for an author before because I always worried about having to give it a bad reviewI m nothing if not honest For that reason I was very relieved I loved this bookfor a few reasons I love to enumerate things 1 On a pure entertainment level it was fantastic I could not put it down and was invested in the characters I love thrillers and expect to be thrilledI was I felt like I was in IndiaI could see the colors, hear the chaos and smell the spices 2 Being Ms Varkey s first first book, I was not prepared for such a well written, thoughtful, mesmerizing book that deals with current humanitarian atrocities in the world.3 Coincidentally, I started reading this book just as a couple friends got home from a humanitarian trip to India a mother and daughter They are blonde and stood out They were told to be very careful, but were still groped and touched continuously while they were there just to clarify it only happened in the big cities not in the rural areas where people were lovely to them At points the group would put the teenage girls in the middle of the adults to walk down streets because it was so bad A quote in the book that made me worry about my friends She came from a country where girls do not need to be in a women s compartment on a train, where they do not have to go out in groups for safety reasons.4 On the topic of young girls and sex trafficking It is abhorrent The people involved in it are unequivocally evil They should all be strung up in the city square generally a peaceful person, I believe in going medieval on them And even though intellectually I understand this kind of evil is out there and happening right now I have read several books on this topic and read things weekly about it, even in first world countries my heart has a hard time grasping it Why do I get this easy life while they are subjected to slavery and torture I have to detach myself a little bit to read books about thisjust like I have to prepare myself to read books dealing with the Holocaust or other horrendous non fiction events.5 A couple quotes Raj had the sensibility of a Nazi The Nazis did not perceive Jews as people, and Raj did not see the women as human.It made no sensethis wholesale abuse of women It never ceased to surprise him that his countrymen demanded modest women at home, but turned their faces away from the rampant prostitution all around them. Thank you to the author of The Girl Who Went Missing for giving me an opportunity to read an advance copy of her book in exchange of an honest review Ace Varkey has written an excellent story, and it certainly does not read like a first novel Set in India, it is the story of June, a young American woman, who travels to visit her sister, Thalia, who is studying in Mumbai When June arrives in Mumbai, she finds that Thalia has disappeared The rest of the story involves the search for Thalia and Thank you to the author of The Girl Who Went Missing for giving me an opportunity to read an advance copy of her book in exchange of an honest review Ace Varkey has written an excellent story, and it certainly does not read like a first novel Set in India, it is the story of June, a young American woman, who travels to visit her sister, Thalia, who is studying in Mumbai When June arrives in Mumbai, she finds that Thalia has disappeared The rest of the story involves the search for Thalia and takes the readers into a world where girls and young women are routinely abducted and sold into prostitution The story is told from the point of view of a number of characters, including June, an American diplomat, a lovely chief of police who is particularly concerned about the plight of young girls, and some of the bad guys The story flows well and while Varkey mentions in her GR bio that part of her goal is to bring attention to the social issue her book deals with, the book does not feel didactic or read as a polemic It certainly highlights how vulnerable girls and women can be in India, but for the benefit of sometimes squeamish readers like me this is not done too graphically It s also always tricky for an author to write about life in a different country from the perspective of characters living in that country But Varkey s India although necessarily depicted as simpler than it really is is nevertheless depicted with sensitivity and balance Her approach and style remind me of an emerging Canadian mystery writer Peggy Blair who writes about a detective based in Cuba similar approach to writing mysteries and depicting with sympathy life and issues in another country Congratulations to the author I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series I love a good mystery, and I love a mystery that takes me somewhere I haven t been before I loved the setting and the characters of this Indian novel No Name is a petrifying but mesmerizing character I could not guess the ending so that was nice so often I read SO many mysteries I can guess the ending I LOVED Commissioner D Costa and am so glad I ll see him in the NEXT Ace Varkey book I knew from the beauty of the writing But he preferred his hands, which could twist off a chicken s neck quicker than a butchers knife He was proud that his large knuckled fists had made him a legend among the underbelly of Mumbai that I would enjoy this novel The reader is immersed in India, and it s a culture shock There is beauty alongside poverty and peace where wickedness slithers.Where is June s sister Thalia It s fiction but could just as well be a true story based on things happ I knew from the beauty of the writing But he preferred his hands, which could twist off a chicken s neck quicker than a butchers knife He was proud that his large knuckled fists had made him a legend among the underbelly of Mumbai that I would enjoy this novel The reader is immersed in India, and it s a culture shock There is beauty alongside poverty and peace where wickedness slithers.Where is June s sister Thalia It s fiction but could just as well be a true story based on things happening to young women and girls all over the world Travelers journey to such places with Western eyes, never thinking about the underbelly of exotic places, young girls trusting and easily fooled How soon the dream trip can turn into a nightmare for another, as happens with June mixed between the beauty of the place and her deep fears for her missing sister Treated like a fool for rushing to assume something is wrong, when really wasn t her sister unreliable hmmmmmThe story remains mysterious until the end and the characters are full of flesh people you want to protect or destroy The best of this novel isn t just the mystery, it s the believable interactions the things that are happening frustrate you as they would in real life I ve never been to India but I felt as if I had visited from reading this novel Wonderful debut, looking forward to the next