Review: The Missing Season

Title: The Missing Season
Author: Gillian French
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Indigo Summer Preview
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life. 


There was some beautiful imagery in this book. The woods were described vividly. It felt like I was right there. One recurring image that stood out to me was the moths. They’re really harmless to people, yet they can be destructive to clothing if they invade. They can also seem scary when they are in large swarms. This was a great image in the story.

I thought that the missing kids would play a larger part in the story. Someone goes missing about halfway through. The first half of the story was about Clara getting to know the people in town and forming relationships with them. I was a little disappointed that the real mystery of the story started so late.

I was surprised at the ending, which was the conclusion to the mystery of the Mumbler. There was no way I could have guessed it. I wish there had been clues as to what was really happening throughout the story, so I had an opportunity to solve the mystery.

This was a good story, but not as suspenseful as I thought it would be.

Thank you Indigo for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Have you read The Missing Season? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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