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Publisher's Summary

Everyone has secrets, and Rachel Holloway is no exception. She’s worked hard to keep the past where it belongs: dead and buried. And so far, she’s been very successful. But now the small newspaper where she works wants to produce a podcast on a cold case: the disappearance 12 years ago of young Molly Forster. 

Some secrets should never see the light of day, and, as far as Rachel is concerned, whatever happened to little Molly is one of them. Rachel has a life now - a boyfriend she loves and a three-year-old daughter she adores - and she will do anything to protect them. But to do that, no one can ever know that she is Molly Forster.

©2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Thrilling -from a verified Audible Junkie

Wow. Four words—just pick it up. I average around 2/3 audiobooks a week, I know, it's a problem, and Missing Molly is phenomenal.

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Missing Molly. Not For Long.

Missing Molly by Natalie Barelli was a nice surprise. Often in reviews I read “not realistic.” So what? Books that are completely realistic need be in nonfiction and taken from crime reports. I don’t read for realism. I want books to keep me guessing. I never want a book to be redundant. Missing Molly is a mystery with a feeling of light heartedness. Thanks!

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Bad to Worse

I tried to like this book, I really did. But it just kept getting worse and worse. In the end I have about 45 minutes left and I just cannot bring myself to finish it.

The main character’s motivations make no sense. Her choices make no sense. It’s like the author got all their knowledge about human behavior from made-for-tv Lifetime specials.

Here’s an example. If your best friend was dating the man who murdered your whole family, had never been caught and was still trying to kill you, would you, A) Tell your best friend? B) Call the police? C) Have a dinner party with them and act like everything’s cool, then tell no one? Guess which option our protagonist chooses.

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Main character was frustrating and selfish

The main character wasn’t very likeable. Her decisions frustrated me and I found her to be selfish. She put innocent people in danger and let others get blamed when she knew the truth. I kept thinking she could have found more reasonable solutions to her dilemmas. The story overall was entertaining, but I found it hard to root for the main character.

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Molly Foster!!

Very gripping story. I literally couldn’t put it down! Absolutely brilliant and engaging. Worth a credit.

The narrator Lucy Price-Lewis is my favorite! Always makes the story come alive.

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I want my last eight hours back.

I don’t often choose to give one star reviews for a book. But frankly, this one earned it.

The pacing was terrible. The plot was interesting, and I had high hopes for it. However, the dialogue was dry and unimaginative. The chiding tones of the narrator while acting out the antagonists grated on me like nails on a chalkboard. (Both protagonists droned “littttttlllle Molllyyyyy,” too often and it was annoying to the point where I stopped the book and had to just listen to a good song, because at least I would have a break in the monotony.)

Did a fifteen year old write this book? Because it felt like it.

Also, minor spoiler, but the so-called “best friend” was a total bitch. She was only interested in the promotion of her own self interests. At no point was she actually a “friend” to Rachel/Molly. She was a jealous twat who was too consumed by envy to congratulate Molly on her own accomplishments. She often talked down to her, as though she were a mental patient with a learning disability.

And, when the penultimate moment finally arrived, the best friend completely brushed Molly/Rachel off, as though she were a child and not a 28 year old woman with good instincts.

It felt more like the plot was driving the “best friend’s interactions with Molly/Rachel, than an actual, genuine friendship. It was one of many disappointments in this terrible novel.

Molly herself was marginally interesting. But unfortunately an interesting main character does not a good book make. Especially if that is the ONLY positive quality.

I felt like this author was out of touch with reality while writing Molly’s backstory. Tell me: where are the hordes of lost children hiding out in London? In addition to the vast amounts of inaccuracies and vagueness, there were several jarring moments of unreality that pulled me completely from the book.

All-in-all, the book felt cheap. I guess I should have figured, considering that the tag line is “an unputdownable thriller that will leave you breathless” or whatever. For the love of God, stop calling mediocre books “The Next Gone Girl!” It was nowhere close. And, from now on, I think I’ll ignore any thriller that approximates itself as The Next ANYTHING.

The ending was also quite terrible. If there is one thing I despise in a thriller, it’s abrupt endings. The Sopranos did it and it infuriated millions! Maybe learn from that and add an epilogue?

If Natalie Barelli’s writing chips improved, congratulations to her. Unfortunately, I will not be around to hear anything else by her. This “unputdownable thriller” put me off of this author for life.

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awesome!

this was an awesome book! it kept me interested through the whole thing! The end was not predictable I thought something completely different was going to happen

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L🖤VED

Hooks you from the beginning. Great listen couldn’t wait for my commute. Was entertained from front to back.

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Wow...

...Awesome story for all of us who love a great Thriller! And What an ending. Excellent!

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Love it

I could not put this book down, had to keep listening to find out what was going to happen. beautifully told and narrated. It held my interest to the very end.

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  • mms
  • 08-17-22

Many problems with the story - as freebie it's ok

I felt I had to leave a review as I wanted to bring balance to the somehow (in my opinion) unrealistically positive reviews. The book is just 'ok' at best and there are very annoying elements to it that make it a frustrating listen.

One: All the bad guys speak in a sing-song voice. I very much doubt that this is a general psychopathic trait. Makes the story unbelievable. Then when the main character asks a 3-year-old to tell me where they were in London I just lost the will to live.

Two: Again, very hard to believe that when someone's identity is in question (especially in relation to a heavily media-hyped story) DNA testing isn't the first thing authorities would do.

Three: Like the other readers note, the characters behave very inconsistently. One minute they believe something the next minute they don't.

Four: There are so many convenient coincidences that seem to happen (and I try not to give the plot away here). Like people just happen to be at the place where the evidence is?

Five: Although the majority of the time I like the performance of Lucy Price-Lewis, here she just makes the main character sound whiney and annoying. (Probably because the character is whiney and annoying) As such, I was unable to invest in what happened to her.

I'm glad that I didn't spend a credit on this. As a freebie it's ok.

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  • Mrs K Newland
  • 09-06-20

Well described as unputdownable

Natalie Barelli is one of the best thriller writers I have come across. Gripping and thrilling

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  • 06-28-20

Slow start but worth staying with

After reading some of the reviews I nearly didn’t continue after a slow start. Overall I enjoyed the read finding the last half much better . Like so many things coming to light in recent years some things which appear unbelievable turn to be true so who knows ?

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  • Sheila
  • 08-25-22

Fantastic story

I rarely write reviews but I thought Missing Molly was the most brilliantly conceived and well-constructed story, with amazing twists and believable characters. Thoroughly gripping.

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  • caroline wright
  • 08-25-22

Enjoyable but predictable and very 'convenient'

I liked the listen, and the narration was okay and suited. There were so many coincidences in the story, which were needed for the plot. I do admit I was dragged in as wanted to know how it ended so kept listening.

Glad I listened as was entertaining listen, but also glad it was on the plus catalogue which gives me the opportunity to experience new authors and narrators. Will look out for more.

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  • JilCentral
  • 08-24-22

Very enjoyable book!

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline, and the narrator. Fans of KL Slater will enjoy this, and it is the same narrator from some of her books I believe. Will definitely be looking for more books from this author. It was free with audible, but I would be happy to pay for this title. I could see this as a television series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-22

one of the best audio books I have listened to

loved it.....listened to it almost non stop. perfectly narrated and a great story. loved it!

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  • benno
  • 08-11-22

Bloody brilliant!!!

It was so gripping! I found myself walking slowly just so I could get a few more chapters in! The story was face paced and didn’t have any slow points! At times it was that tense I found myself shouting out loud! Would highly recommend:)

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  • Mrs C
  • 06-23-22

HARD GOING

I lost the will to live with this story. None of it was remotely believable. It just went on and on getting more and more farfetched. I persevered as I got to the point where I wanted to know the outcome. By the time I got to the last 3 chapters I just wanted it to end. Good Luck!!

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  • Michelle
  • 02-05-21

Amazing story, great narrator!

Natalie did it again! amazing story, and finally she picked a great narrator, as she previously didn’t quite find the right narrator for her audiobook. Keep it up!

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  • Merilyn Holdsworth
  • 06-03-20

Missing Molly

Natalie never disappoints always a good story and always different than her others
I look forward to reading the next one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

Slow starter but gripping until the end

Started very slow and I nearly gave up but from about chapter 8 until the end I was hanging on every word

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  • David Jones
  • 09-29-22

Great listen

Excellent story line sucks you in straight away I cannot wait to listen to her next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-22

Loved it!

Absolutely loved this book, kept me guessing and hooked right to the end. The narrator is my favourite which also helps!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-21

Surprised not to be surprised

Another fantastic performance by Lucy Price-Lewis. If you're into a good twist or a book that keeps you guessing, this probably isn't for you. A little boring at times, no real surprise or thrill. However, Molly's story was interesting and it was nice to have a solid conclusion at the end.

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