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The Missing by Sarah Langan
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060872915
Date: 01 October 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The Missing is the follow-up book by Sarah Langan to The Keeper. Third-grade teacher Lois Larkin takes her class on a field trip to Bedford, now a ghost town under strange circumstances, where one of her students, a cruel and small boy, manages to sneak away. Larkin gathers the students and leaves, never realizing that she's missing a student. In the interim the boy finds a field surrounded by dead animals and becomes compelled to dig a hole, unearthing an ancient plague that begins transforming him. He becomes a carrier and soon enough he's back in his hometown attacking people and infecting them. Before long the majority of people are infected and looking for a way out.

From official release/information:

Book Description: A remote and affluent Maine community, Corpus Christi was untouched by the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the neighboring blue-collar town of Bedford. But all that will change in a heartbeat . . .

The nightmare is awakened when third-grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes the children on a field trip to Bedford. There in the abandoned woods, a small, cruel boy unearths an ancient horror—a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry . . . and inhuman.

The long, dark night is just beginning. And all hope must die as the contagion feeds—for the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul in Corpus Christi . . . and beyond.

(Source: Harper)

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