April 26, 2022

The Gravity of Missing Things

"The gravity of all these painful, missing things weighed me down. Way, way down." ~ 76%

Violet's mother never misses her performances. So why isn't she in the audience? Once the curtain closes, Violet is told heart-stopping news: Flight 133 has disappeared. Her mother is the pilot. Suddenly, social media is full of conspiracy theories, the news is on her front lawn and her priority is finding out what really happened. There is no way her mother crashed the plane on purpose. So why did her mother leave a note and box of letters behind for Violet's eyes only?

The author took a great risk in writing about a disappeared flight. We all remember the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared in March 2014. Now we have the fictional Flight 133 that disappeared over the ocean, with no wreckage, no distress signal, no bodies. It was obvious that Marisa Urgo researched and learned the lingo while writing in a young adult voice. Very well done!

"It would've hurt far less." ~ 15%

As if the disappearance isn't a big enough plot, there are a couple captivating side stories! There is nothing like a twist that comes out of nowhere yet makes perfect sense. There was a certain point I wanted the story to move along faster but that was my own impatience at Violet finding out the truth.

I recommend the appropriately titled The Gravity of Missing Things for all Bookhearts. I savored reading it over the course of five (5) days only to have it test the definitions of closure and a satisfying ending. Yet here I am still thinking about it. This is what I call a successful debut novel!

Happy Early Pub Day, Marisa Urgo! The Gravity of Missing Things will be available Tuesday, June 7.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: The Gravity of Missing Things
Author: Marisa Urgo
Published: June 2022
Pages: 320
Edition: Galley
Genre: YA Mystery
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 

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