Title: Missing and Presumed Dead (A Chandler County Novel)
Author: Cherime MacFarlane
A Chandler County Novel
Grant remembered waking in a hospital bed with Crystal’s hand on his forehead. And no matter how hard he begged, the girl said she must leave. She needed to get away from her father and couldn’t stay with his family due to the generations-long feud. Crystal joined the Army. So did he. Then he came home, ran for sheriff and won.
The first thing he did when in office was open the file labeled Missing and Presumed Dead. No one had seen or heard from the mother of the Dane children in years. Did her husband kill her as Royce Dane said? If not, how did she disappear without a trace? But things take an odd twist when he discovers his mother’s involvement.
Crystal likes everything about the man Grant is. But she isn’t cut out for mixing in the upper echelon of Chandler County society. Her brother needs to know what happened to their mother, Crystal isn’t so sure she cares. If her mother walked away from her children, Crystal doesn’t need her now.
Crystal was a very strong, very relatable character. She’s had a tragic past with her mother missing and a less than optimal relationship with her love interest, Grant. In order to escape it all, she leaves to join the army as does Grant. After returning, the focus on Crystal’s missing mother is reopened. And the truth finally comes to light.
My favorite thing about Miss MacFarlane’s books is how real the characters are. Crystal has a haunted kind of feeling about her, and I think that was what drew me to her. Even when things were tough, she didn’t let her sorrow overwhelm her. She did what she could to fight through and do what she needed to do. Even though she is admittedly stubborn, I like that about her.
I also loved the suspense in this book. The feud between Grant’s and Crystal’s families was the icing on the literary cake.