Missing Person

Missing Person

From acclaimed horror writer Sarah Lotz, hailed by Stephen King as "vastly entertaining," a new novel about a group of amateur detectives infiltrated by the sadistic killer whose case they're investigating.

Reclusive Irish bookseller Shaun Ryan has always believed that his older brother, Teddy, died in a car accident. It's only on his mother's deathbed that he learns the truth: Teddy, who was gay, fled the Catholic, deeply conservative County Wicklow for New York decades earlier. Shaun finds no sign of him in New York or anywhere else--until he comes across the unsolved murder of a John Doe whose description matches Teddy's.


Desperate for information, Shaun tracks down Chris Guzman, a woman who runs a website dedicated to matching missing persons cases with unidentified bodies. Through Chris's site, a group of online cold case fanatics connect Teddy with the notorious "Boy in the Dress" murder, believed to be one of many committed by a serial killer targeting gay men.


But who are these cold case fanatics, and how do they know so much about a case that left the police and the FBI stumped? With investigators, amateurs, and one sadistic killer on a collision course, Missing Person is Sarah Lotz at her most thrilling and terrifying.

Title:Missing Person
ISBN:9780316396646
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  • Paromjit

    Sarah Lotz's thriller, set in the US and Ireland, is a modern take with its everyday misfits and ordinary people operating as amateur detectives on Missing-linc.com, an American website dedicated to i...

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    I started reading Missing Person on 7/29/2019 and finished it on 8/9/2019. I gave birth to my second child in between reading this story so the book was at the hospital with me. This book is a great r...

  • karen

    the only sarah lotz i’d read before this was under her s.l. grey pseudonym, and since that’s a two authors/one name situation, i don’t really have a sense of how this one stacks up against her o...

  • Julie (JuJu)

    A unique and entertaining character-driven thriller, that has the vibe of a true-crime story. 480 pages! This is the first thing that came to mind when I started reading it. Not sure how I ended up re...

  • Dennis

    What a great deep, character-driven, crime-fiction novel! Sarah Lotz, I've never read anything by you before, but Missing Person is fabulous! No lie, I couldn't put this book down and stayed up supe...

  • Blair

    The bad news is this isn't horror. The good news is it's as gripping and entertaining as anything Lotz has written. Shaun, a twentysomething gay guy in Ireland, finds out his uncle Teddy – who he'd ...

  • Zoe

    Gripping, mysterious, and sinister!Missing Person is a captivating, slow-burning mystery that takes us into the lives of Shaun Ryan, a young Irish lad whose uncle has been missing for the past twenty ...

  • Diabolica

    This novel was also fairly interesting, but I'll admit the writing style and quirks of the novel (different from the style I'm used to) bogged the plot down for me. ...

  • Susan

    This thriller has a very modern feel , as it involves a website which attempts to identify unidentified bodies and link them to missing people. This group is in America, run by wheelchair bound Chris,...

  • Liz Barnsley

    Not my favourite it's a bit down classic lines for Sarah Lotz I prefer her more mentally challenging narratives. Still very good though an enjoyable thriller....