The Missing

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When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself.

She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…

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‘The Missing has a delicious sense of foreboding from the first page, luring us into the heart of a family with terrible secrets and making us wait, with pounding hearts for the final, agonizing twist. Loved it’ Fiona Barton, Author of THE WIDOW

You love your family. They make you feel safe.

You trust them. But should you…?

‘A twisty-turny psychological thriller … Well-written, pacy and gripping’ Fabulous

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself.

She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…

“I was grabbed by this book from the first page and read the ending with an open mouth. I wish I could unread it so that I could go back and discover it again. Brilliant!”Angela Marsons, Author of SILENT SCREAM

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9780008118051

Author

Taylor, CL

Publisher

Avon

Binding

Paperback

1 review for The Missing

  1. Mr. Robert Pickett

    The Missing deals with the story of a missing fifteen year old, Billy. It starts with his mother Claire Wilkinson and her husband Mark about to set off for a televised follow-up appeal for information. Even at this early stage you see this is a family on the edge of disintegrating; the pressure of a missing child is hitting them all hard and in very different ways.

    From here the fractures begin to widen as Claire searches for her son. Untold secrets come to the surface, suspects are introduced, dismissed and looked at again as Claire delves deeper, made all the more difficult by psychological reactions to the stress that hamper her.

    At times of greatest crisis, it is your family that should be your anchor. But as more secrets come to the surface, Claire isn’t sure of her family’s innocence any more. Could her worst nightmare be caused by one of her own?

    If you have read The Lie and The Accident, you will know she likes to use flashbacks to bring us into the back story. But whereas before she used the device of the principal character’s memories, in The Missing the flashback sequences take the form of a Snapchat discussion. And these, to me, were truly chilling. You know one of them is Billy… but who is the other one? And what was their part in Billy’s disappearance?

    This is the third of Cally Taylor’s novels I have read, and once again I was gripped from the start. She has a gift for drawing the reader in and keeping them hooked, and her ability to mix the mundane and everyday with some truly disturbing content is gripping.

    If you like psychological thrillers, read this book. But be aware that there is some disturbing content within.

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