The Missing Season

The Missing Season

Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devi...

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  • Travel.with.a.book

    So so happy to have read another book by Gillian French honestly everything the author writes I will be in the first line to read.

    I love her style of writting is so unique that it won't take you so long to fall in love with the story.

    I have read "The Lies They Tell" that book is my first read of Gillian French and I absolutely loved it!

    The author is not just talented but highly talented in writting books that in my taste or my opinion are the books I can easily call the best.

    The author uses a te

    So so happy to have read another book by Gillian French honestly everything the author writes I will be in the first line to read.

    I love her style of writting is so unique that it won't take you so long to fall in love with the story.

    I have read "The Lies They Tell" that book is my first read of Gillian French and I absolutely loved it!

    The author is not just talented but highly talented in writting books that in my taste or my opinion are the books I can easily call the best.

    The author uses a technique that you won't even know the ending even not think of what the ending will be.

    I fell in love with Clara's story it was kind of the same as mine being a teenager and in high school being smart, funny, experiencing life, exploring the universe.

    I miss the time when we used to be worried only for having good times with friend and enjoying our drinks and talking about our future.

    Another brilliant book by Gillian French, at first the book was kind of settling with the main character and getting to know her and the other that surrounded her, then the story follows her when she falls in love with a guy and after this we have the 'This Falls' it was the part of the story that I wanted to read, an unexpected mystery.

    I give the book 5 easy stars. If you liked her previous book "The Lies they tell" you will definitely like and this one.

    The synopsis of the book: > "The Missing Season" <

    Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.

    That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

    Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life!

  • Michelle

    What a lovely surprise this book was!

    I have been itching to read some Gillian French as I have had her books in my TBR for what seems like forever so when Edelweiss had a copy of this available I snatched it right up and since it takes place at Halloween I just had to dive in right away. I am still not ready to let Halloween go and for for the "other" holidays to take over my mind, body, soul, and wallet.

    What a lovely surprise this book was!

    I have been itching to read some Gillian French as I have had her books in my TBR for what seems like forever so when Edelweiss had a copy of this available I snatched it right up and since it takes place at Halloween I just had to dive in right away. I am still not ready to let Halloween go and for for the "other" holidays to take over my mind, body, soul, and wallet.

    Clara is the new kid in town and starting classes late makes her want to hide in the shadows but she is quickly befriended by Bree and Sage and their group of misfits that include Trace (Sage's boyfriend), Moon, and the mysterious Kincaid. While hanging out at the local skate park the crew informs Clara about The Mumbler that takes kids away on Halloween night. Clara being the intelligent young lady that she is doesn't believe them and knows they are just trying to mess with her but when a fellow classmate goes missing she has to ask herself if the rumors just may be true.

    Gillian French knows how to write teenagers. They were all so authentic and genuine that it reminded me of my friends back in those long lost days of high school. I adored Clara. She was smart, funny, and most of all kind. The connection she makes with the aloof Kincaid put butterflies in my stomach. Oh, how I remember those days of first crushes and wanting nothing more than to relive every word spoken, every touch made. To ache for someone while also feeling so insecure that you've got it all wrong.

    I also loved the misdirection that Ms. French does here. She had me thinking one thing through the entire book and then she pulls the rug out from underneath you with a conclusion that I never saw coming and one that I enjoyed immensely! 4 stars!

  • Dennis

    If you enjoyed Gillian French's

    , you'll definitely be in for a treat with

    ! Crafted with the same atmospheric content from her 2018 release,

    is fine-tuned just perfectly for the reader to enjoy. Essentially a young adult novel geared for anyone 13 and above, I had to take that into consideration when reading this crime-fiction mystery.

    Without going into too much detail, the story takes place in a town that is struggling to survive—it's

    If you enjoyed Gillian French's

    , you'll definitely be in for a treat with

    ! Crafted with the same atmospheric content from her 2018 release,

    is fine-tuned just perfectly for the reader to enjoy. Essentially a young adult novel geared for anyone 13 and above, I had to take that into consideration when reading this crime-fiction mystery.

    Without going into too much detail, the story takes place in a town that is struggling to survive—it's a fallen town, to say the least, and a majority of the households are ranging between lower/middle class incomes. When Clara and her family relocate to the town for work, her new group of friends inform her about the town's urban legend-the Mumbler. The Mumbler takes children yearly, and it has spawned a cult-like following every Halloween with the nearby towns. Clara doesn't believe that this myth is an actual creature, but suspicions and fears definitely grow more intense as the Halloween season begins. Does this creature actually exist, and

    I really got

    vibes while reading this novel! It's pacing is a slow-building suspense, and definitely worth a read for those who can't stomach graphic/super violent thrillers. I think

    will be what

    (no shade, just being honest). I'm excited for this title's release, and I think it'll definitely resonate with readers who enjoy dramas with a little flair.

  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    Clara’s the new girl in the town of Pender , her family had to relocate for her fathers job. The town is struggling and it’s filled with households that are lower and middle class. Clara soon discovers friends and their a group of some troublemakers that pull pranks and hang out at the skate park , and she’s taken under their wing. Her new friends begin to tell her about the local urban legend called The Mumbler. You see The Mumbler takes children ever year and it’s around Halloween and they beg

    Clara’s the new girl in the town of Pender , her family had to relocate for her fathers job. The town is struggling and it’s filled with households that are lower and middle class. Clara soon discovers friends and their a group of some troublemakers that pull pranks and hang out at the skate park , and she’s taken under their wing. Her new friends begin to tell her about the local urban legend called The Mumbler. You see The Mumbler takes children ever year and it’s around Halloween and they begin to tell her about all the teens who were taken and possibly murdered.Soon after being told about The Mumbler Clara starts feeling like she’s being watched and also chased in the woods. Soon October comes along and another teen goes missing and Clara begins to question is The Mumbler real or is something more sinister behind the missing teens? I normally don’t read YA books often but I found myself lost in Claras story and the Urban legend of the Mumbler. The author did amazing job taking me into the day to day life of Clara and her friends and I soon myself wondering if The Mumbler was behind the mysteries in the town of Pender! I give this book four stars and a huge thank you the author and publisher for my advance copy! This book is available May 21 2019!! Will you be adding The Missing Season to your list of books for May?

  • Larry H

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.

    Clara is used to being the new girl, as her family moves quite often to follow her dad's construction jobs. But she's never a big fan of the adjustment period, waiting to see how people will treat her, whether she'll be the loner with no friends or be lucky and make a friend or two, only have to abandon the relationship when she moves away again. It never fails.

    When she moves to Pender, a depressed New England town, she expects it to go the same way i

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.

    Clara is used to being the new girl, as her family moves quite often to follow her dad's construction jobs. But she's never a big fan of the adjustment period, waiting to see how people will treat her, whether she'll be the loner with no friends or be lucky and make a friend or two, only have to abandon the relationship when she moves away again. It never fails.

    When she moves to Pender, a depressed New England town, she expects it to go the same way it always does. She's surprised when she strikes up a friendship with Bree and Sage, and they start including her in things, like cutting out of school to grab lunch, hanging out at the skate park to watch the boys—even some high-level pranks. She and Bree even have a crush on the same guy—the mysterious Kinkaid, who comes and goes as he pleases, breezing by on his skateboard.

    The thing about Pender, though, is that kids have disappeared, or have been found dead through the years, particularly around Halloween. While the adults in town have a perfectly good explanation for these tragedies—drug overdose, getting hit by a freight train, running away from town—the kids have another explanation. They believe it's the work of the Mumbler, a monster man who lives out by the marshes, for whom they leave offerings from time to time.

    People—including Kinkaid—say they've seen the Mumbler, but Clara doesn't believe the legend is true. However, she's starting to think something isn't quite right in town, especially when another girl from school disappears. In the midst of the chaos, she finds herself unable to resist Kinkaid's appeal, despite the problems it might cause in her friendship with Bree. But her desire to help Kinkaid solve his own problems may prove to be what harms the potential for their relationship to go anywhere.

    As the town tries to figure out an explanation for the latest disappearance, Clara is starting to feel more afraid, but she doesn't know whom to fear—the Mumbler, or something worse, someone more real? And when another girl even closer to home goes missing, Clara finds herself in the middle of a dangerous situation—one she might not survive.

    I thought

    had a very Stephen King-like vibe when I started reading it. You know, small New England town, unexplained disappearances, grisly deaths, etc.? But the book is more than just a story of a potential monster—it's a complex story about growing up, friendship, love, family, and the decision whether or not to speak up when things don't seem right.

    I felt this sense of impending doom as I read this book, and French really did a great job with her imagery, as the whole book seemed very dark and creepy. Like I do with most mysteries and thrillers, I suspected absolutely everyone, and while I'll admit I wasn't thrilled with the ending, I thought this was a really compelling read. I liked the balance of YA and mystery/thriller very much.

    This is scary but not too scary, and a good story to boot. If you like this genre, pick up

    . And stay away from the marsh!!

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  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!

    this is the first book i have read by gillian french, so i don’t know how this one stacks up to her other ones, but i knew she was a pretty popular YA author, i saw a free ARC, i loved the cover, and i grabbed it with my sticky froggy hands.

    this is YA written for the younger side of the YA curve. and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but most of the YA i’ve read seems to be aiming for that juicy YA/adult crossover demographic, so the difference is something i noticed when i wa

    NOW AVAILABLE!!

    this is the first book i have read by gillian french, so i don’t know how this one stacks up to her other ones, but i knew she was a pretty popular YA author, i saw a free ARC, i loved the cover, and i grabbed it with my sticky froggy hands.

    this is YA written for the younger side of the YA curve. and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but most of the YA i’ve read seems to be aiming for that juicy YA/adult crossover demographic, so the difference is something i noticed when i was reading it. on the one hand - that makes it an easy breezy read, but on the other hand, i was missing the depth and richness folks like patrick ness and laini taylor and melina marchetta bring to the YA table.

    everything about this is fine: the characters are appealing, the atmosphere is developed into a fine weave of horror and realism: halloween slendermannish spookiness in one strand and quirky new girl/friendship/enigmatic-boy crush in the other. even the descriptions work:

    i know this girl, i know this place. and i appreciate that the characters are children of lower-middle class/working-poor families, which novelists so frequently turn into stereotypes, but here read like real people, real circumstances, discrete personalities and home lives.

    all of that is fine - i was really enjoying seeing where it was going, enjoying the journey towards the ‘is it or isn’t it?’ of the supernatural/human reveal.

    and then it got there.

    and, wow.

    this book is like waiting for marriage to lose your virginity - you spend so much time anticipating what’s going to come and then it’s over and you wonder if it was all really worth waiting for. i’m not sure if this analogy holds water, but unlike marriage, i’ve committed to it, so here we are.

    again, i have the ARC, so page numbers may differ come pub day, but after 280 pages, we come to the big reveal, the big showdown, and it lasts NINE PAGES. nine. pages. and that’s me rounding up the half-pages - it’s actually only seven. which is a truly unsatisfying roll in the hay, by my standards.

    so, was it worth it? for me, not really. it’s an out-of-left-field answer to a question built up into a lot more than it turned out to be. and it doesn’t even make sense - if the why is the why, then the hazel thing makes no sense at all. none.

    so, yeah - for me, this one didn’t work. i liked enough of it to give french another shot, considering the high marks her other books have gotten ‘round here, but this one did not stick its landing, which pretty much tainted whatever steps in our courtship i’d enjoyed before we commenced our regrettable wedding night.

    ***********************************

    sorry, booknerds - i didn't love this.

    3 stars, rounded up

    review TK.

  • Shelley

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller

    *Rating* 3-3.5

    *Thoughts*

    Gillian French's The Missing Season is set to the backdrop of a small town working-class town in Maine with a colorful cast of characters and an unsettling past that features a character named Mumbler. Pender is like so many other towns in America—a small factory town with a failing economy confronting unemployment and drug abuse—a setting we rarely see in YA fiction. Once again, Gillian has perfectly captured this

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller

    *Rating* 3-3.5

    *Thoughts*

    Gillian French's The Missing Season is set to the backdrop of a small town working-class town in Maine with a colorful cast of characters and an unsettling past that features a character named Mumbler. Pender is like so many other towns in America—a small factory town with a failing economy confronting unemployment and drug abuse—a setting we rarely see in YA fiction. Once again, Gillian has perfectly captured this unglamorous but very realistic setting.

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Having enjoyed French's other mysteries I was really excited to see The Missing Season and knowing that another good YA mystery would be on the horizon.

    I think I might have gone into this one with my expectations being just a little bit too high.

    This book started out great. I loved the small town going under setting. The background on the Mumbler and the whole mystery behind the missing and dead kids and then...I don't know exactly what happened.

    The mystery sort of..fizzled a bit.

    Things weren't

    Having enjoyed French's other mysteries I was really excited to see The Missing Season and knowing that another good YA mystery would be on the horizon.

    I think I might have gone into this one with my expectations being just a little bit too high.

    This book started out great. I loved the small town going under setting. The background on the Mumbler and the whole mystery behind the missing and dead kids and then...I don't know exactly what happened.

    The mystery sort of..fizzled a bit.

    Things weren't as scary or as well plotted out as I can usually expect from French. It seems like by the end, even though things came together, they still felt off. Like maybe the ending wasn't quite the ending the author had fully wanted as well. Like maybe it surprised us all.

    I think this turned into less of an urban legend story or even a ghost story or even a story told at night around campfires to scare small children and the new girls, and more of a romance story, expect even the romance aspect of it, wasn't all that exciting.

    Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad story, not really at all, just not what I was hoping or even expecting it to be. And that's okay it does happen and I do think many people will really like this one, it just maybe didn't work all that well for me.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Lala BooksandLala

    Her writing talent is undeniable. I fished this book in one day because I was so gripped, just on the edge of my seat. At least for the first half. This mystery revolves around a new girl to town, and an age old monster myth. I was sucked into the story right away, the atmospheric small town on a marsh, the tight knit friend group, the "is this or isn't this paranormal" vibe that I love.

    Then it did what a lot of YA mystery does, adding cheap thrills, a heavy handed red herring, an unnecessary ce

    Her writing talent is undeniable. I fished this book in one day because I was so gripped, just on the edge of my seat. At least for the first half. This mystery revolves around a new girl to town, and an age old monster myth. I was sucked into the story right away, the atmospheric small town on a marsh, the tight knit friend group, the "is this or isn't this paranormal" vibe that I love.

    Then it did what a lot of YA mystery does, adding cheap thrills, a heavy handed red herring, an unnecessary centre-stage romance, and an ending that was BEYOND disappointing. I think this book will still work for a lot of people, especially those new to the mystery genre- it just wasn't for me in the end.

    I am 100% down to check out anything from Gillian French in the future- the tension building and scene setting was truly impressive.

    Thank you to frenzy for the early chance to read!

  • rachel

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