Thoughts on “Unexpectedly, Milo” by Matthew Dicks

I checked Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks out of the library because of how much I loved Dicks’s first novel, Something Missing, which I read during the Readathon back in October. About the Book: Milo Slade, a home aide in his mid-30s, has just moved into his own apartment after his wife of three years, …

Thoughts on “Something Missing” by Matthew Dicks

Martin, a middle-aged man with OCD tendencies, runs a thriving business. He is maintains successful relationships with many long-term clients and is constantly acquiring new ones. His work ethic is admirable, his self discipline unswerving. He’s even read Jim Collins.

So what does Martin do? He is a professional thief. But he isn’t the sort of thief that draws attention to himself. Instead, he takes only small items — some Advil, a can of tomatoes, half a bottle of laundry detergent — that will not be missed, and he takes them only after prolonged and painstaking observation. His key to success, he knows, is his unerring adherence to the rules he’s developed.

And then, one day, he breaks a rule. He manages to wriggle out of a potentially disastrous situation, but something he overhears alters his sense of purpose. As he becomes a little too involved in his clients’ lives, Martin inadvertently sets off down a one-way path that will forever change his life.