Twenty-year-old Taylor Jarvis and Paul Carroll go missing in Weir, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Oasis Energy. The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a ?man camp? providing room and board. The mothers of the two boys come to Weir to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance. Shay Jarvis, a 41-year-old single grandmother, has more grit than resources; for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Carroll, the opposite is true. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each other’s methods and motivations – but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their sons? employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.
Praise for THE MISSING PLACE
“Littlefield maximizes the emotional impact of her character-driven cautionary tale.” –Publishers Weekly
“Really good read. Readers will admire the tenacity of the lead characters…to find strength and answers together.” –Fitness Magazine
“The excellent writing will keep readers engrossed and unwilling to put the book down.” –RT Book Reviews
10 Random Facts
List of 10 totally random facts about yourself, and/or THE MISSING PLACE
Thank you for asking me here today! What a fun way to talk about a new book. Let’s see, here are five facts about THE MISSING PLACE that didn’t make it into any of the publicity materials:
1. In the first draft, a completely different person is revealed to be responsible for the death of one of the main characters.
2. I cut 20,000 words from the final draft before turning it in.
3. Shay is actually named after a friend I met a few years ago. It wasn’t until the book was turned in that I learned that her real name is actually Sharon.
4. While in Williston, North Dakota researching the book, I tried two flavors of Doritos that I’d never even seen before: Chicken Sizzler Zesty Salsa and Blazin’ Buffalo Rush. I found them at the WalMart, which is incidentally the highest-grossing WalMart in the country.
5. THE MISSING PLACE went to a publishing auction on the basis of only a twenty-four page proposal.
And here are five things people might be surprised to find out about me:
1. Both my dad and my brother are also published authors.
2. I am learning Krav Maga (Israeli military combat).
3. I’ve had a dog since the age of eight, except for one sad pet-free year in my twenties.
4. I got my first tattoo for my fiftieth birthday.
5. I have a college degree in Computer Science—and no formal training in English or writing.
About The Author
Sophie’s first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2009) has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award.