Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review - The Missing File by D. A. Mishani (5/5)

[The following review is part of the Missing File blog tour being organized by TLC Book Tours.  For a full list of stops on the tour, see the tour page.]

By Amanda Amaya

My first thoughts after reading this book?  Wow.  Here is the synopsis from the back cover:
Detective Avraham Avraham must find a teenage boy who has vanished from his quiet suburban neighborhood.

Police detective Avraham Avraham knows that when a crime is committed in his sleepy suburb of Tel Aviv, there is little need for a complex investigation. There are no serial killers or kidnappings here. The perpetrator is usually the neighbor, the uncle, or the father. As he has learned, the simplest explanation is always the answer.

But his theory is challenged when a sixteen-year-old boy named Ofer Sharabi disappears without a trace while on his way to school one morning. There is no simple explanation, and Avraham's ordered world is consumed by the unimaginable perplexity of the case.

The more he finds out about the boy and his circumstances, the further out of reach the truth seems to be. Avraham's best lead is Ofer's older neighbor and tutor, Ze'ev Avni. Avni has information that sheds new light on the case—and makes him a likely suspect. But will the neighbor's strange story save the investigation?

Told through dual perspectives,
 The Missing File is a crisp, suspenseful tale that introduces an indelible new detective and offers an evocative portrait of suburban life and tension with a universal reach. As it draws to its startling conclusion, D. A. Mishani's twisting mystery will have readers questioning notions of innocence and guilt, and the nebulous nature of truth.
I was seriously blown away by this book.  The writing, the suspense, the foreshadowing…it was absolutely riveting.  I read a variety of books, and I occasionally read crime/mysteries.  This one was different than any other book I have read before. 

First, I loved the fact that The Missing File was set in Israel.  Like the main character says “there are no detective or mystery books written in Hebrew”.  I love learning about different part of the world and how they work in terms of crime, government and everyday life.  I learned so much about this part of the world, just from this book.

D. A. Mishani
I also appreciated the author’s use of foreshadowing.  He inserts a little nugget of information in your brain that might not be resolved for several chapters.  But that nugget stays in your brain while you are reading the build up to a resolution. 

I liked how the story was told from dual perspectives.  How the same events were reconstructed by two people on seemingly opposite sides.  The ending is so simple, but the way it is written it is so unexpected. 

And the characters in this book are very well developed.  The reader feels a sort of kinship with the main character, Avi, and a sense of revulsion at the secondary main character, Ze’ev.

The detective in the novel, Avi, is extremely dedicated to his line of work.  This case deeply affects him, and I totally identify with that notion.  I am a nurse, so I completely understand the feelings of guilt and the emotions produced when something goes wrong.  There is a sense of responsibility to the person involved.  There is a constant replay in the mind, what did I miss?  What could have been done differently to change the outcome?

The Missing File is a five star book for me for so many reasons.  For the way it is written, very sharp and concise.  For the way the detective methodically attempts to solve the crime.  For the vivid descriptions of police work that goes along with a case of this nature.  For the emotions evoked at several points in the book. 

And I definitely loved the ending that leaves room for more to come.  The Missing File is an excellent book, very highly recommended.

About the ReviewerAmanda was born in Texas, moved to Pittsburgh for 25 years, and now she’s back in the Lone Star State.  She has been a nurse for a decade.  She loves to read and will usually read anything.  She prefers to focus on self-published authors and may consider writing herself one day.  She is also a newlywed and a mom.  You can check out her work at the and on her blog The Eclectic Bookworm.


  1. I think it's rare to find a book that hits everything you mentioned: writing, emotions, setting, characters, etc. This really sounds like a fantastic book!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  2. Thanks for the recommendation! I have to keep this book in mind for myself and my in-laws. MIL is from Israel and likes to read books set there or by authors from there. I love well done thrillers :)

    1. You're right on the money, Elisa. There aren't too many books set in Israel, and this one looks to be an exceptional one. Kudos to Amanda for her review.

  3. Now... do I read it during the day or late at night???

  4. Sounds like a great one, I always like learning something while reading.

  5. Great read, very unusual plot and keeps you guessing! Israeli writer whose detective asks why are there not many Israeli detective novels. Interesting method of writing from more than one point of view.

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