on Jan. 21, 2012 :
Sarah and her family were visiting Los Cabos, Mexico on vacation. Her parents leave early, letting her and her friend spend some time together before college classes start. When the friend comes back but Sarah is nowhere to be found, they hire Stan. The private investigator leaves seemingly no stone unturned and has to return empty handed. This appears to be a cold case until a mysterious letter turns up from someone saying they can help. Will this be the lead to crack this case or will she remain missing in Mexico?
Missing in Mexico is a gripping mystery wrapped in the beauty of Mexico that can only be described by someone who has spent a lot of time there. Stuart Gustafson makes you feel like you are right there in Los Cabos with Stan looking for Sarah. You feel his frustration and his disappointment. I found myself wondering if there’d ever be a break for this poor guy and ultimately if he’d ever find Sarah. The descriptions of all the places Stan visits in his search are so vivid that I find myself wondering if you could use this book to actually travel around a bit in Los Cabos. While the case is wrapped up in a way that leaves no loose ends, there are some loose ends for Stan and I honestly wonder if maybe Stuart will do another story or two about him. I’d really like to know what happens. I highly recommend this book for mystery and detective genre lovers that want to really feel like they’re there and love characters that the reader can really care about.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Loved this book - a wonderful, well written story with a twist. The main character was someone you cared about. A very different type of missing persons story - that alone makes it well worth reading!
An interesting addition was the Spanish language definitions at the beginning of each chapter.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Romancing the Book
on Dec. 3, 2011 :
Reviewed by Stephanie O at Romancing the Book
An only child, Sarah goes on Christmas vacation to with her parents and BFF Mary. Sarah’s parents Robert and Tina leave both Sarah and Mary in Mexico for a few more days of vacation as they return home after the New Year. When it’s time to board the plane, Sarah tells Mary go ahead without her, she will be right there. However, the plane is forced to take off without Sarah on it. Now it’s a race to discovery where Sarah is. With so many questions, and very few answers will Stan be able to locate Sarah and bring her home to her family?
Amazing amount of details, gives the reader the feeling as though they are standing there on the street. Seeing the cobblestone drive, feeling the breeze, and smelling the wonderful food of the area; the reader can get the sense they too are walking the streets with Stan as he searches for missing Sarah.
Flash backs from the present to the past give the reader a glimpse of how young Sarah was raised. Until the past and the present collide; and we move forward.
As Stan does some amazing leg work, following barely there trails; he finds himself getting emotionally involved with this case. As time flies by, Stan feels as though time may just be running out. Until a lead comes through that gets his hopes up.
An amazing story of the love parents have for their children. Of a private investigator willing to go the extra mile, with the help of newly made friends. Filled with plenty of twists and turns, leaving the reader guessing; until the end when you just may need a tissue.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)