Martin, the main character, a man who burglarizes homes, taking only items that will not be missed, is someone you should dislike but c Matthew Dick's Something Missing is what can only be described as a quirky read. I did thoroughly enjoy The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs as well. After all, who in their right mind would miss a roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet? Oh no, Martin has to hide behind a sofa until he can escape undetected! He manages to wriggle out of a potentially disastrous situation, but something he overhears alters his sense of purpose. A very funny adventure about the mechanics of burglary and the fragility of an orderly life. Despite his obsessive-compulsive work ethic, Martin manages to get himself in trouble over a toothbrush--but not before we've decided to let him in next time he calls.
At the most he has some serious anxiety in specific situations. Martin's routine is disrupted when he inadvertently drops Cindy Clayton's one of his client's electric toothbrush in the toilet bowl. After stealing from the same homeowners Martin was put out of his mother's and stepfather's Connecticut home when he turned 18. The things he does, if done by any other thief, would be despicable. For a while I didn't think I was going to be able to appreciate this novel. So what does he do? He could come into your home and you would not even know he was there for all your big-ticket items would be left in tact.
Martin finally comes across as endearing, touching, deeply human, deserving of good - despite all. In essence, Martin has developed a friendship of sorts with them and as such, he decides to interfere more in their lives—playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel—even though it means breaking many of his twitchy neurotic rules. I thought the novel did not lift off from this original premise and we never get to see what makes Martin the way that he is except for brief flashbacks. Wanting to protect all the work the wife had done to give a surprise party for her husband, Martin does all kinds of things to help the couple out, which eventually, through a series of events, lands him in contact with Lauren Green. As a concept, I'm somewhat less sold. Even though he's never met these homeowners, spending hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals, he feels like he knows them.
Things you would never notice even if you tried. For Martin this seems almost like a game that provides him not only with enough goods and cash to live on, but also more than a few thrills. Flag Abuse Flagging a post will send it to the Goodreads Customer Care team for review. We learn through a flashback that Martin began his life of thieving when he was a young adult. Thanks for a great review and an awesome book for my tbr list! Until the day he knocks a toothbrush into the toilet.
He enters the Pearl house and finds that Clive Darrow had tied up Sherman Pearl, the husband. Dicks expertly crafts the setup, showing us Martin's deep-seated need for stability and routine, then turning his world on its head when the compulsive thief accidentally knocks a client's toothbrush into the toilet. Everything else is just paragraph after pargraph of description. Everything else is just paragraph after pargraph of description. He tried to support himself with a job at Starbucks while taking courses at a community college, but sometimes there would be no food on his shelves.
I thought she was crazy, but my wife and agent loved the idea, so I grudgingly gave it a go. Of course, he only takes items that will go unnoticed by the homeowners. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He is maintains successful relationships with many long-term clients and is constantly acquiring new ones. He is a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in Reader's Digest, The Hartford Courant, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. Reading Something Missing and writing a review were very much my pleasure. Now, Clive Darrow is casing Sophie Pearl's house.
I mean, the guy reads Jim Collins, for goodness sake! Martin falls somewhere in between, but with a little word of mouth and some shrewd promotion, he could be the next big thing. There were a few strange moments in the book, bits and pieces I thought would be important again but never came up, but perhaps they just seemed more important because of the way the protagonist considers every possible action carefully before continuing. Opinion about the main character: I like how even though Martin Railback is a thief, he is presented as a decent human being. Martin Railback breaks into homes in suburban Connecticut to steal things from his victims he thinks they do not need. Was my staff pick at the book store for Awesome! He rarely goes after big ticket items.
He breaks into Darrow's home, and upon inspection of the house, concludes nothing. Definitely readable, it just felt a bit flat to me. A very funny adventure about the mechanics of burglary and the fragility of an orderly life. I gave Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and Something's Missing the maximum because the I almost never give a book 5 stars, I mean it has to be amazing! Not something kids should emulate. I really enjoyed this book. For most of the book, it's pretty slow paced and goes into excruciating I know that sounds bad but it's not detail about the main character's daily routine. He teaches storytelling and public speaking to individuals, corporations, and school districts around the world.
He is as meticulous, as a brain surgeon. Martin falls somewhere in between, but with a little word of mouth and some shrewd promotion, he could be the next big thing. He only rarely steals big ticket items like this, but he had decided through meticulous research that this was a safe steal. A close call, near death, and a hopefully happy ever after concoction to make this a quite enjoyable read. But I feel like the media over sensationalized that one, negating what it or really like to suffer from the disorder; at least a serious version of it.