The Mysteries

The Mysteries

by Lisa Tuttle

Gripping and unforgettable, here is a spellbinding mix of the mysteries that inhabit our everyday livesand a mind-bending exploration of what happens when someone vanishes without a trace.Ever since his father disappeared when he was nine years old, Ian Kennedy has had a penchant for stories about missing peopleand a knack for finding them.

But when a woman enters his London office and asks him to find her lost daughter, Ian faces a case he fears he cannot solveand one he knows he must.Laura Lenskys stunning twenty-one-year-old daughter, Peri, has been missing for over two yearsa lifetime, under the circumstances.

But when Ian learns the details of her disappearance, he discovers eerie parallels to an obscure Celtic mythand to the haunting case that launched his career, an early success hes never fully been able to explain.

Though Ian suspects Peri may have chosen to vanish, his curiosity leads him to take on the search.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Rating: 3.53
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: December 27th 2005 by Spectra
  • Isbn10: 055358734X
  • Isbn13: 9780553587340

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When Ian takes on the case of missing Peri, he is haunted by similarities to his first case a case that set him determinedly on the path of reuniting missing people with their loved ones.

Its not exactly your typical urban fantasy, wise-cracking badass private detective or vampire slayer/lover story as The Mysteries manages to be a bit more subtle than that, with some fascinating prose that touches upon an area of mythology that isnt commonly explored in these novels, and that is Celtic Mythology, something which I can imagine not many people will be overly familiar with, making the book feel fresh and different than what you might expect. As a result, Theres plenty of development throughout the whole novel, not just when it comes to not just the Celtic Mythology element, but also the question characters, with Laura and Ian being the main focus of The Mysteries and making very interesting protagonists for us to follow over the course of the book. The novel feels very grounded, managing to keep the focus mainly on its characters, as well as keeping the pacing pretty much spot on as well. The main focus on character development and the good use of Celtic Mythology also helps make this novel a compelling read, and as a result this is something that I can definitely recommend.

Ian Kennedy is an expatriate American working in London as a PI, his specialty being the finding of missing persons -- a specialty he settled upon years ago after his first case, when he managed to rescue a young woman from Faerie. What really makes it work, I think, the story itself aside, is the grace and facility of Tuttle's writing: even during those inevitable periods when the events portrayed are fairly prosaic, the current of the prose keeps pulling one inexorably along.

Often a lack of certainty is frustrating in a book, but the plot kept moving through the mystery/thriller conventions it relies on. As it is now, The Mysteries is the best fae-thriller mash-up I've ever seen. It's also the only fae-thriller mash-up I've ever seen.

His new case is about a girl gone missing 2 years ago. He had another case years ago that made him interested in things most people believe to be fairytales. About people have gone missing. People taken by the Fae. Yes you so, hello, I call myself Blodeuedd online, of course I love Celtic mythology. And then the end, aww yes I want to read more of her books. Fairytales, yes. Mysteries and detective novels, yes.

The interspersing of flashbacks, folklore and the current narrative was excellently done, introducing information at the appropriate time as well as developing Ian and the setting. In the end, I would definitely recommend this book.

E' molto interessante il parallelismo che si crea fra la scomparsa della ragazza che il nostro protagonista dovrà ritrovare e una leggenda scozzese che riguarda una giovane donna rapita dalle fate. Per me che sono appassionata di questo genere di atmosfere folkloristiche e che sono sempre pronta per una bella leggenda sulle fate è stata una chicca interessante, una detective story un po' diversa dal solito.

While this does appear to be a standalone I feel that the ending is open to a point where I wouldnt mind a second book, and learn more about this world and the decisions the main character decided to make. The main character in itself felt very bland at the start. Perhaps a portion of his blandness made the rest of the book stand out, and perhaps that was the whole point. And especially the second portion of his back story interested me. Especially some people from his past I found interesting characters and I would have liked have to have known more about them.