Missing, Presumed Dead
With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

Missing, Presumed Dead Details

TitleMissing, Presumed Dead
Author
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherGreenwillow Books
ISBN-139780062642837
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Mystery

Missing, Presumed Dead Review

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    "Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible."Me reading the synopsis: yep, yep, sounds good, yep, I'm intereste - WAIT A SECOND. IS THIS QUEER?!?!?! Thank you so much to Greenwillow Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Berquist's debut novel last year and was so excited to see that she was, once again, coming out with something completely new and different.It didn't take me long to pick it up and dig right in. I loved the whole unique concept of this book. With a blend of the everyday with a supernatural spin that sets it apart from others in the genre.A mystery filled with ghosts and magic and things that can go bump in the night. A very unexpected hint of romance and you combine it all into a story I adored Berquist's debut novel last year and was so excited to see that she was, once again, coming out with something completely new and different.It didn't take me long to pick it up and dig right in. I loved the whole unique concept of this book. With a blend of the everyday with a supernatural spin that sets it apart from others in the genre.A mystery filled with ghosts and magic and things that can go bump in the night. A very unexpected hint of romance and you combine it all into a story that was truly hard to put down. And even though it wasn't at all what I had been expecting, I really did enjoy it, weird romance angle and all. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    Missing, Presumed Dead was a very unique story. It's almost hard to compare it to something else, I think that it's probably going to appeal most to the Buffy and Supernatural crowd. Basically we have a queer paranormal/mystery that takes place in our everyday world. This was my introduction to Emma Berquist's writing and I thought it was really unique and strong. The story starts with our main protagonist Lexi, who has a very powerful, if not inconvenient gift where she can see can see how and Missing, Presumed Dead was a very unique story. It's almost hard to compare it to something else, I think that it's probably going to appeal most to the Buffy and Supernatural crowd. Basically we have a queer paranormal/mystery that takes place in our everyday world. This was my introduction to Emma Berquist's writing and I thought it was really unique and strong. The story starts with our main protagonist Lexi, who has a very powerful, if not inconvenient gift where she can see can see how and when other people will die when she touches them. It's not a gift Lexi is happy about, it was passed down from her Grandfather, and it's caused her to have very few friends or relationships - she's isolated herself as much as possibly. However, she has to work to live, so she uses her gift at a "club" downtown that is kind of a safety spot for people like her. When Lexi is called into work, she accidentally bumps into a young woman, Jane, and sees that she is going to be murdered that night. Lexi freaks out and runs away, doing nothing to try and stop it but later feels a lot of guilt and goes looking to see if the ghost of the girl has hung back and sure enough.... It's hard to go into much detail here because it would only be even more confusing than I've already made it and it would give way too much away. Stuff gets really really weird from here on out there, but a good weird and lots of intrigue and mystery. Some kind of random things that I really liked about this story is that it didn't go with all the traditional things we know about ghosts. Yes, some ghosts hung around because of unfinished business but some just hung around because they weren't ready yet or they were waiting for someone. They were also warm, instead of cold. So, when they came up to you, it was comforting rather than unpleasant. Also, even though at first ghosts walked around looking how they passed (which is pretty nasty if you died a horrible death), you could eventually glamour yourself however you wanted. You weren't stuck with it. I thought that was nice. There is a small, queer romance that I did enjoy, even though I have a million and one questions about it but I'll keep my lips zipped up. I think this might be a bit of a polarizing read, it's quite different and I find that always puts people on the love it or hate it side of the fence. I personally thought it was fun and a really interesting take on a mystery story. I would 100% read Emma's work again.
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  • Amira
    January 1, 1970
    Why aren't more people reading this ?!!!I really liked a premise and as a fan of the TV shows ghost whisperer and medium I was intrigued but somehow on the fence cause I didn't want to read the same old story.Luckily that didn't happen first of all Lexi's power has more to it than seeing ghosts, knowing how and when people are gonna die was a really nice addition and it gave her an excuse for being a jerk most of the book. She was lonely and in pain.Again I don't want to give things away but I j Why aren't more people reading this ?!!!I really liked a premise and as a fan of the TV shows ghost whisperer and medium I was intrigued but somehow on the fence cause I didn't want to read the same old story.Luckily that didn't happen first of all Lexi's power has more to it than seeing ghosts, knowing how and when people are gonna die was a really nice addition and it gave her an excuse for being a jerk most of the book. She was lonely and in pain.Again I don't want to give things away but I just love the world that is written and there is much more than ghosts.
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .This was a pretty fun book! I was into it from start to finish, as it was quite thrilling! Let us talk about what I enjoyed! •Lexi was a suprisingly compelling main character. At the start, she was so closed off that I wasn't sure I'd really form a connection to her, but wow I did. She is fabulous. I don't want to give anything away so I am going to keep this simple, but she learns and You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .This was a pretty fun book! I was into it from start to finish, as it was quite thrilling! Let us talk about what I enjoyed! •Lexi was a suprisingly compelling main character. At the start, she was so closed off that I wasn't sure I'd really form a connection to her, but wow I did. She is fabulous. I don't want to give anything away so I am going to keep this simple, but she learns and grows so much during the book, and you really can't help but feel compassion for her. •Her support system is small (and sometimes dead) but mighty. She has a grandfather with the same ability to see people's deaths and okay I freaking love Deda! He's a grouchy old man that loves Lexi some kind of fierce and their relationship is everything. One of her coworkers (and I am not saying who!) is another character I have a huge soft spot for. And her ghost roommates? Yeah they're kind of awesome. And maybe Lexi ends up falling for one of these people. Just saying, it's a possibility ;) •The concept as a whole is not only awesome, but well-executed. Like obviously this could veer into cheesy territory, but doesn't. Lexi has strategies for not touching people (physically and emotionally, let's be real) that make the story believable. •The mystery itself, the "whodunit", is so fun! I loved it, I kept trying to guess who the villain was, and it was just really fun and compulsively readable. The only minor qualm I had was that the ending was a wee bit underwhelming for me? Definitely not a dealbreaker or anything, and doesn't negate the good parts of the book, but worth mentioning. Bottom Line: I'm just going to go ahead and say that if you read any of the "I see dead people" books, let it be this one!
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Missing, Presumed Dead is the follow-up to author Emma Berquist's Devil Upon Dust. One could call this book a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Protagonist Alexandra "Lexi" Ivanovich can see how a person is going to die just by touching them. She calls it a curse and for good reason. Doesn't really do much for relationships knowing the person you are with may end up dying. She's also been warned by her grandfath *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Missing, Presumed Dead is the follow-up to author Emma Berquist's Devil Upon Dust. One could call this book a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Protagonist Alexandra "Lexi" Ivanovich can see how a person is going to die just by touching them. She calls it a curse and for good reason. Doesn't really do much for relationships knowing the person you are with may end up dying. She's also been warned by her grandfather never to tell anyone what she is able to do.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I don't feel like enough people are excited about Missing, Presumed Dead. Not only does it star a girl who can see your death with a touch, but it's a story about human connection, and, did I mention she's queer? Missing, Presumed Dead succeeds on a variety of levels. If you're in the mood for a book that delivers action and mystery, check. If that isn't enough and you want some parano (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I don't feel like enough people are excited about Missing, Presumed Dead. Not only does it star a girl who can see your death with a touch, but it's a story about human connection, and, did I mention she's queer? Missing, Presumed Dead succeeds on a variety of levels. If you're in the mood for a book that delivers action and mystery, check. If that isn't enough and you want some paranormal touches thrown in, welcome to Lexi's friends who happen to be ghosts. And if you are searching for a story about forgiveness, and how we can't let our fear control us, then you're in luck. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    January 1, 1970
    **2.5 stars***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss for a free and honest review. All thoughts are my own*I was excited for this book since I love her debut novel but this was very disappointing. The MC feels very one dimensional and unlikeable. The mystery wasn't great either since they don't really do much to find answers. Also the romance didn't feel right. The MC even thinks that she would prefer her love interest cruel and sad like herself which didn't sit right wi **2.5 stars***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss for a free and honest review. All thoughts are my own*I was excited for this book since I love her debut novel but this was very disappointing. The MC feels very one dimensional and unlikeable. The mystery wasn't great either since they don't really do much to find answers. Also the romance didn't feel right. The MC even thinks that she would prefer her love interest cruel and sad like herself which didn't sit right with me. Review is now up on the blog!https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress....
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure if it's YA, but it's not bad however you'll call it.Lexi can not only see the dead but also when people will die the moment they touch them. And that's why she avoids all kinds of contact. Having dropped out of school, she works for the same man her grandfather used to, protecting others with magical powers. While investigating disappearances, she finds the ghost of a girl the same age as her who's been murdered and no one knows it yet.Even though this is the author's second novel, I st Not sure if it's YA, but it's not bad however you'll call it.Lexi can not only see the dead but also when people will die the moment they touch them. And that's why she avoids all kinds of contact. Having dropped out of school, she works for the same man her grandfather used to, protecting others with magical powers. While investigating disappearances, she finds the ghost of a girl the same age as her who's been murdered and no one knows it yet.Even though this is the author's second novel, I still think there's room for improvement. It was easy to relate to Lexi but all the emotional journey felt superficial. I wish I could describe the feeling better, but in easy words, it was lacking something.I think this only got worse when it came to romance. Lexi starts having feelings for Jane, the murdered girl, who happens to be the only person Lexi lets get close. The author is very good analyzing this, since for one Lexi never gets close to anyone and she's forced to with Jane; moreover, Jane is obviously lonely when no one else can see her. It's a good dilemma, are there feelings real? And yet, I never felt the romance. I really couldn't see the chemistry there.This repeated and lesser levels with other relationships surrounding Lexi. In most of them, I only had the author's words for it, because I couldn't feel it. Yes, Lexi keeps everyone far, that's the fact. But at the same time, the book is trying to show the opposite, really—as much as she tried, there were still some who were there for her. Instead, I only got a list of names and occupations.There were still great characters I wish I could see more of, like Trevor and Ilia and Nichole... as you can see, the characters themselves were nice.As for the story, there is a mystery Lexi is trying to solve beyond a possible serial killer. Unfortunately, the plot twists weren't that big but the conclusion was okay enough.And as I mentioned in the opening, is this really YA? Lexi is eighteen, so is Jane, but that's as far as it goes. All the setting is pretty much out of what I usually see in YA's, the theme—a murderer out there!—isn't very YA either. Above all, Lexi surely doesn't act her age. I don't think her being eighteen is enough to make the genre so I'm not classifying it as such here.On the other hand, this opens way to a wider audience. There's some gore when describing the ghosts but it's not really bad. It's a nice story and the worldbuilding is fantastic. Not sure I would have gone through so much trouble for this plot, so kudos to Emma Berquist. It did make me feel like reading more in this universe, so of course I'd read more from her.Recommended for those who like a quick read in the supernatural genre.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    this was so good omgliterally so much love to this book (Lexi is such an icon and angry at the world but I love her) it's also f/f sooo
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: mentions of suicide and traumatic deaths (including domestic violence), psychiatric hold Rep: Bisexual protagonist and bisexual love interest; secondary queer and POC charactersBefore starting the book, I forgot to read the synopsis again, so I went into it thinking it was just a contemporary mystery, but then I was delighted to see a paranormal angle to it, too. The world draws most of it canon from regular supernatural myths, with one exception - the ghosts in it give out heat, inste Warnings: mentions of suicide and traumatic deaths (including domestic violence), psychiatric hold Rep: Bisexual protagonist and bisexual love interest; secondary queer and POC charactersBefore starting the book, I forgot to read the synopsis again, so I went into it thinking it was just a contemporary mystery, but then I was delighted to see a paranormal angle to it, too. The world draws most of it canon from regular supernatural myths, with one exception - the ghosts in it give out heat, instead of making things go cold. Lexi is psychic in that she can interact with ghosts as material people, and she can see a person's death when she touches them. During a recent streak of missing people, including one from her own community of magical folk, she comes across a girl, Jane, who is about to die that very night. When she later meets her ghost, she vows to help find her killer. Their investigation is not easy as Jane, unusually, doesn't remember what happened. Lexi's personality is the aloof sort, as she has to stay away from people so as not to brush up against them and learn of their deaths. The constant loneliness from keeping herself apart is something that eats away at her, and also makes her not trust permanence of something. With the ghost version of Jane, she finds a kindred spirit, but she isn't sure if Jane likes her for her, and with the possibility that she might choose to pass on after she gets justice, she isn't willing to put her heart on the line. The romance is subtle, and unobtrusive. The writing balances well between developing the characterization but also keeping a good pace in the plot. The mystery, meanwhile, kept me guessing as to the person, but there were hints as to why they were having a hard time getting any leads. Finally, The world set up in the book is interesting, and I would love if there were more books because it seems to have the potential for more stories. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Greenwillow Books, via Edelweiss.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5Thank you Edelweiss, Greenwillow books and Emma Berquist for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Shoulders bump mine, and I grit my teeth as deaths wash over me in a sticky gray wave. I only get flashes, but it's enough; all these plump, dimpled cheeks, thick hair, and painted nails, I glimpse the way it ends. Throat cancer, aneurysm, pneumonia. They beam even white teeth, and all I can see are the skulls smiling beneath. What drew me to this book was this unique setting: Lexi can see 3.75/5Thank you Edelweiss, Greenwillow books and Emma Berquist for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Shoulders bump mine, and I grit my teeth as deaths wash over me in a sticky gray wave. I only get flashes, but it's enough; all these plump, dimpled cheeks, thick hair, and painted nails, I glimpse the way it ends. Throat cancer, aneurysm, pneumonia. They beam even white teeth, and all I can see are the skulls smiling beneath. What drew me to this book was this unique setting: Lexi can see anyone's death with a simple touch. And if that was not hard enough, she can also talk with, touch and expel ghosts to the "other side." Lexi is a tough girl, who has a soft spot for her grandfather, who has the same powers as herself and Trevor, a teenage ghost who hangs around Lexi. She works at a bar with others who have a wide array of powers, but which are only featured sparingly in the book. However, the bar plays a large significance overall. Lexi also has an on and off relationship with Phillip, who also works at the bar, but struggles to be with him due to her ability to see his death everytime they touch, which is an understandable downer. Because being with you makes me lonelier than being alone. Because I can't stop picturing your body on a cold metal table. One night, Lexi accidentally bumps into a girl outside the club named Jane. She sees that Jane will be murdered that night, but doesn't do anything about it, because as she has learned, there are serious repercussions for interfering with fate. Jane then reappears as a ghost, and convinces Lexi and Trevor to help her figure out who killed her and if it is related to other killings in the area. Lexi does her best, but her powers weigh on her mental health heavily. Several times over the course of the novel, she is forced to check herself into a psych ward just to tune out the world and get some much-needed sleep. I really appreciated that this was included, as it rings incredibly true. Someone with this kind of power, who could not shut it off, would probably be overwhelmed. These scenes also lead to a small but cute relationship she develops with a doctor at the hospital. Even without turning around, I can sense Jane behind me, feel the gravitational pull of her. I can't escape it; she's like my compass, like a lodestone. I always know where Jane is. As Lexi and Jane work to solve Jane's murder, they also become far closer to each other and begin to develop feelings for each other. While I certainly enjoyed their relationship, I was also struggled with the world-building that allowed for physical interactions for Lexi and Jane. You always see ghosts as corporeal, which Jane and Trevor are 99% of the time, except with Lexi. I wish I could put into better words why this slightly missed the mark for me, as I did like Lexi and Jane together, but ultimately I didn't love them together or the fact that romance was such a major factor in this book. I guess I could have been OK if it would have stayed as mostly a creepy thriller book with just a small emphasis on a love story. I loved the premise of this book so much. It was such a cool idea and unfortunately I think it was squandered away a little bit, focusing too much on romantic relationships and tying up the ending with a big shiny bow. This easily could have been a really cool and creepy series - there's so many directions this could have gone and areas to be explored, especially all the side characters with different powers - but it just ended up being a very narrow story. I just wanted more from this and ultimately left feeling good, but not great.
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  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to Greenwillow Books for my review copy.FANTASTIC. - angry queer girls- ghosts - f/f romance- paranormal murder mysteryThis was everything I was hoping for, and more! It's no surprise I loved this because I loved Emma Berquist's previous novel, Devils Unto Dust. Full review to come, but it was great!
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  • Mike Lasagna
    January 1, 1970
    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
  • Kate’s Book Spot
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis for this book really grabbed my attention, it sounded dark and exciting so I couldn’t wait to get started!Lexi’s life completely fascinated me, her gift of visualising someone’s death if they touched her was clearly, and understandably, a source of discomfort for her. She seemed like a really tough character but I did wonder if that was just a front and the only way she could get through it.There were some truly chilling moments that gave me goosebumps, Lexi was pretty much permanen The synopsis for this book really grabbed my attention, it sounded dark and exciting so I couldn’t wait to get started!Lexi’s life completely fascinated me, her gift of visualising someone’s death if they touched her was clearly, and understandably, a source of discomfort for her. She seemed like a really tough character but I did wonder if that was just a front and the only way she could get through it.There were some truly chilling moments that gave me goosebumps, Lexi was pretty much permanently being haunted by one ghost or another and I have to admit that the idea of it really put me on edge (I struggled to read this book at night).This wasn’t one of those storylines where you can easily predict who the murderer is and why it happened, I was constantly guessing and trying to come up with theories. Then a little LGBTQ romance was thrown into the mix and suddenly a whole host of other questions were raised.As the storyline neared its conclusion, things became incredibly tense. My heart was pounding and I felt scared for Lexi and her friends, it was gripping!This was a spooky murder-mystery with plenty of twists that will keep you flipping those pages.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Missing, Presumed Dead is a YA paranormal mystery that takes place in Los Angeles. The narrator is 18 year old Lexi (1st person POV).Lexi sees ghosts. But she also can see how and when a person will die if she touches them. I love books where the main character has psychic abilities or sees ghosts. So this premise intrigued me immensely. However, it's not just Lexi that has powers/abilities. She works at a nightclub and a lot of the people there are psychics or witches. This is where the book lo Missing, Presumed Dead is a YA paranormal mystery that takes place in Los Angeles. The narrator is 18 year old Lexi (1st person POV).Lexi sees ghosts. But she also can see how and when a person will die if she touches them. I love books where the main character has psychic abilities or sees ghosts. So this premise intrigued me immensely. However, it's not just Lexi that has powers/abilities. She works at a nightclub and a lot of the people there are psychics or witches. This is where the book lost me a bit. I love the idea of Lexi having abilities. But to me this made the story too paranormal for me.I felt bad for Lexi as she was struggling immensely. Especially because she didn't want to touch anyone for fear of seeing their deaths.There is a bit of romance in this book (male/female) and (female/female).Lexi does touch a girl at the club. And this is the beginning of a big mystery that is the key focus of the book. I did enjoy this mystery.The reveal at the end was good. And that part of the story was solved, but I didn't think that the actually ending worked for me.Overall, I really liked the premise of the story. But this is not a light fun YA read. Lexi is tormented by what she does. And it takes such a toll on her physically and mentally. This made the tone of the book much heavier than I was expecting.Thanks to edelweiss and Greenwillow Books for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    I received an a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.I absolutely devoured this book! I read it all in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! It was one of the most original ideas I have read in a while. The way the author createde and developed all the characters made you fall head over heels for all of them. I enjoyed that all of the characters seemed like they were just everyday people, even if they were ghosts, magicians, psychics, or mediums. I would highly recommend th I received an a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.I absolutely devoured this book! I read it all in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! It was one of the most original ideas I have read in a while. The way the author createde and developed all the characters made you fall head over heels for all of them. I enjoyed that all of the characters seemed like they were just everyday people, even if they were ghosts, magicians, psychics, or mediums. I would highly recommend this to anyone into supernatural mysteries. Plus there is the most adorable LGBTQ+ subplot/ relationship going on!
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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    GIVE IT TO ME NOW!
  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the eGalley of this book! I have grown up obsessed with the paranormal. I was an X-Files kid, a Twilight teenager, and now a Missing, Presumed Dead **somewhat** adult. Something about magic, ghosts, and gore has always kept me coming back for more instead of running away screaming. Lucky for me, this novel has all three! We are introduced to Lexi, who has a spectacular yet devastating gift. She can see how any person can die from just a touch. Thank you so much to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the eGalley of this book! I have grown up obsessed with the paranormal. I was an X-Files kid, a Twilight teenager, and now a Missing, Presumed Dead **somewhat** adult. Something about magic, ghosts, and gore has always kept me coming back for more instead of running away screaming. Lucky for me, this novel has all three! We are introduced to Lexi, who has a spectacular yet devastating gift. She can see how any person can die from just a touch. She works in a club where she is surrounded by people like her; psychics, pyrokinetics, you name it. Patrons start to die, and Lexi is soon joined by two ghosts who make up her Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque Scooby Gang. We first meet Trevor, who is long dead. The way that ghosts are portrayed in this novel blew me away. It is a lore that I have never encountered before and it was a breath of fresh air. Through Trevor we learn that ghosts are energy, they are warm, they are able to control their appearances. However, when we are greeted by Jane, we see the opposite side of that coin; she is the spitting image of her death with bleeding wounds and milky eyes. The contrast between the two is lovely, and they both have such an important impact on the story. The tone was so dark and the imagery so vivid that I breathed a sigh of relief at the end. That doesn’t mean there aren’t bright spots throughout, however. I love Lexi’s connection to her Deda, and the bond they both share with the spirits they encounter. They light up each other’s lonely lives, and do the same to the poor souls left wandering this earth far after their bodies have expired. There is also a romance that I never saw coming, but is solidified in my heart as one of my very favorites that I’ve ever read. Edward and Bella who???? Anyway, all that to say this is my first read by this author but I can’t wait to devour more of her work. She can truly spin a remarkable tale!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I read Berquist's debut novel, Devils Unto Dust and was wowed beyond belief by her ability to take one familiar trope (zombie infection) and mix it with other genres and create something new. Because of this, I should NOT have been surprised to realize that what I thought I was getting with this book (a plain old murder-mystery) would actually be SO MUCH MORE. I thoroug Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I read Berquist's debut novel, Devils Unto Dust and was wowed beyond belief by her ability to take one familiar trope (zombie infection) and mix it with other genres and create something new. Because of this, I should NOT have been surprised to realize that what I thought I was getting with this book (a plain old murder-mystery) would actually be SO MUCH MORE. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and think that plenty of YA readers will also like it. There's a little something for everyone: a whodunnit mystery, a nightclub with a ragtag group of people who all have a little something extra (a psychic gift, the ability to cast spells, someone who can heal others), and paranormal romance. Lexi has always been able to see someone's death; all she has to do is make physical contact with someone and she knows the details. The how, the when, the taste of death. This makes having a normal life, and things like friends and boyfriends, non-existent for her. She occasionally sends herself to a psych clinic to get some meds for sleeping and to have some time away from her job. Because in addition to seeing death, she can also see (and hear) ghosts. And sometimes those ghosts need the darkest part of her magic: she can push them to the other side, whatever that is, that is waiting for them when they move on. Her boss, Urie, keeps her around to do this and that's how she really makes a living. But one night she sees a girl and knows she is going to be killed that night. Lexi is convinced this girl is connected to the other missing people in town, 6 so far. When Lexi meets the girl's ghost, she vows to help Jane find her killer and figure out what is going on. Highly recommend for grades 9 and up. There is some language, some violence, and some sexual situations.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Lexi has a psychic gift that forces her to see how and when anyone will die if she touches them. She thinks of it as a curse. She is achingly lonely and hungry for touch but each touch means pain. When she accidentally brushes up against a young woman outside the club where she works, she sees the girl's brutal death and it makes her sick.When she learns that the girl is missing as are quite a few other young people who were last seen near the club, Lexi goes looking for her ghost and she finds Lexi has a psychic gift that forces her to see how and when anyone will die if she touches them. She thinks of it as a curse. She is achingly lonely and hungry for touch but each touch means pain. When she accidentally brushes up against a young woman outside the club where she works, she sees the girl's brutal death and it makes her sick.When she learns that the girl is missing as are quite a few other young people who were last seen near the club, Lexi goes looking for her ghost and she finds it. Jane is filled with rage but doesn't remember how she came to be did. She has no memory of her murderer. This is the first strange thing because, in Lexi's previous experience, ghosts do remember how they died. Lexi promises to help Jane find out who killed her and takes her home with her.Lexi already lives with a ghost named Trevor who died in a car accident. She is hoping that Trevor can help Jane adjust to being dead. Lexi also feels very close to Jane. And she can touch ghosts. But ghosts do have a habit of moving on, either to explore the world or to go on to the next world. Falling in love with a ghost won't really help Lexi's loneliness ... or will it?This was an excellent story. I liked the world of supernaturals that the author built. I liked that the negatives of psychic abilities made up a big part of the story. The mystery was engaging as Lexi and Jane track down her murderer. The writing was descriptive and emotionally engaging. I couldn't put it down.
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  • Andy Winder
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of Lexi's powers alone are unique as they are compelling. I found the concept of being able to view another person's fate is fascinating–and because she knows she can't save Jane, she devotes herself to bringing justice to her death. Because we know from the start that there's nothing she can do to prevent Jane from dying, there is a bit of a heartbreaking tinge to the overall compelling mystery. But that doesn't stop Lexi's race to find out what happened and help Jane's spirit find The premise of Lexi's powers alone are unique as they are compelling. I found the concept of being able to view another person's fate is fascinating–and because she knows she can't save Jane, she devotes herself to bringing justice to her death. Because we know from the start that there's nothing she can do to prevent Jane from dying, there is a bit of a heartbreaking tinge to the overall compelling mystery. But that doesn't stop Lexi's race to find out what happened and help Jane's spirit find peace any less gripping.Pacing and intrigue are both important for mysteries, and both were equally strong here. Even though it's a fast-paced book and (for me, at least) doesn't take long to finish, it's hard to put down. I 'm not usually one for YA horror but found myself rooting for Lexi and hoping that even if Jane isn't avenged that she at least reaches some sense of closure. Plenty of YA mysteries have a weak ending in comparison to their premise, but the finish in Missing, Presumed Dead is a satisfying conclusion with a unique take on the paranormal romance trope.Who doesn't love a good murder-mystery, even more so when it's got queer rep? I would recommend Missing, Presumed Dead, especially for those who love ghosts, romances, and compelling ghostly romances.
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  • Joudie
    January 1, 1970
    Harold, are they lesbians?!Let's not pretend that the only reason I'm reading this is bc of the last line in the summary. I think the last (and only) time I read anything about ghosts was like in high school when I decided it was too scary. Never mind the fact that it took me a week to get over the first ep of the haunting of hill house and I'm waiting to finish ep 2 and it's been a month. But I digress.Strangely enough, I was weirdly looking forward to all the scientifical tidbits.However, besi Harold, are they lesbians?!Let's not pretend that the only reason I'm reading this is bc of the last line in the summary. I think the last (and only) time I read anything about ghosts was like in high school when I decided it was too scary. Never mind the fact that it took me a week to get over the first ep of the haunting of hill house and I'm waiting to finish ep 2 and it's been a month. But I digress.Strangely enough, I was weirdly looking forward to all the scientifical tidbits.However, besides those two facts (lesbian and scientific facts), I was pretty bored. The mystery of the book wouldve been more exciting if we had clues that were hinting at characters as being the killer. Instead it was just a bunch of random clues that the reader isnt able to pierce together because we literally didnt know anything about the killer. For example, they talked about the knife he used to kill people and not once was it mentioned that any character was using a knife to get us to suspect anything. It was kind of a let down, to be honest, when it was revealed who the killer was because we werent invested in him.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    READ MY FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG it’ll be on the side bar just scroll through and press on the different month to find the title and then click on thatIf this book taught me one thing, it's not to go to LA without expecting tons of witches, psychics, and other various magical people! (But according to YA and urban legend, it's like that in every city LOL.) This novel focuses on a girl named Lexi whose power is to see people's deaths. So she's not quite a witch or a psychic, but somewhere in betw READ MY FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG it’ll be on the side bar just scroll through and press on the different month to find the title and then click on thatIf this book taught me one thing, it's not to go to LA without expecting tons of witches, psychics, and other various magical people! (But according to YA and urban legend, it's like that in every city LOL.) This novel focuses on a girl named Lexi whose power is to see people's deaths. So she's not quite a witch or a psychic, but somewhere in between.**4 out of 5 stars. This was a super easy and quick read. I'd recommend to anyone who wants a ghost story past your average haunting tropes! Took me 6 days to read, but probably would've been less if I didn't have AP testing this week.read in 6 days
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  • Hillary Berquist
    January 1, 1970
    It has been three days since I finished reading this book I cannot stop thinking about this story. I had to read it in one sitting because the mystery, twists and turns, paranormal abilities of the characters, and beautiful love story kept me turning each page to find out what was going to happen next. I'm not sure if the tears upon finishing the book were due to the fact I no longer get to live in Lexi's world or just emotional about how much I grew to love these characters and how their journe It has been three days since I finished reading this book I cannot stop thinking about this story. I had to read it in one sitting because the mystery, twists and turns, paranormal abilities of the characters, and beautiful love story kept me turning each page to find out what was going to happen next. I'm not sure if the tears upon finishing the book were due to the fact I no longer get to live in Lexi's world or just emotional about how much I grew to love these characters and how their journey began and ended. Cannot recommend it enough!
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  • Wendy Heard
    January 1, 1970
    WOW. I read this addictively. The pacing in this book is nothing short of excellent.Lexi’s emotional turmoil and inability to get close to the living was gorgeously wrought. I felt the author did a hugely successful job of using that power to see people’s deaths metaphorically, and I found myself moved and full of grief right along with her. The murder mystery was great—wonderful handling of clues and red herrings. Speculative elements all served the plot; nothing felt like it was unnecessary. I WOW. I read this addictively. The pacing in this book is nothing short of excellent.Lexi’s emotional turmoil and inability to get close to the living was gorgeously wrought. I felt the author did a hugely successful job of using that power to see people’s deaths metaphorically, and I found myself moved and full of grief right along with her. The murder mystery was great—wonderful handling of clues and red herrings. Speculative elements all served the plot; nothing felt like it was unnecessary. I’ll definitely be picking up whatever this author writes next.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Is it a book you jump up and down about yelling and screaming? No. But that is because it is a creepy, hazy kind of slow lull that draws you in and seeps into your bones. When you finish, you close it as if just having woke from a dream. If I was a sleep walker I could see myself walking up to strangers dazed and confused babbling incoherently while nudging it at them, begging them to follow down this same journey. Full Review Posting to Novellives.Com 5/16/19
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  • Amelinda Bérubé
    January 1, 1970
    This is kinda like...a less sappy, f/f version of GHOST with a side helping of underground magical societies and spells. Jump in for a super engaging and evocatively written mystery wrapped up in characters whose esoteric troubles are utterly grounded in relatable feels.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great book, I loved the different powers and the world, and the mystery was awesome!
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Bisexual protagonist who can see how people die and talk to ghosts? Murder mystery? Count me in! This book was a delightful page turner and did not shy away from the rawness of grief and loneliness.
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