Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on November 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Mystery
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In this harrowing psychological thriller about a missing teenage boy whose mother must expose the secrets within their own family if she wants to find her son—perfect for fans of Reconstructing Amelia.
You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, 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…?
Combining an unreliable narrator and fast-paced storytelling, The Missing is a chilling novel of psychological suspense that will thoroughly captivate and obsess readers.
“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
The Missing is a psychological thriller and where our story begins is six months after 15 year old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night from his home. There has been plenty of media coverage, but nothing has turned up. Billy’s mother Claire gets more anxious by the day, she feels the pole aren’t doing enough. So, she starts to look for clues on her own. Not knowing that she might uncover secrets that rivals with things nightmares are made of.
Claire is just like most mothers, she is juggling work, kids, a husband and a home. Her world was turned upside down when her son went missing, she stay at home now, rarely leaving the house, she is consumed by her missing son. Her husband is pretty much the same, but he does manage to go to work and tries to keep on moving. Their older son, is withdrawn even more than was before Bill went missing. His girlfriend was quiet and tried to keep to her self, not upsetting the already turmoil filled home. Taylor’s portrayal of this family was spot on, their emotions were very evident. This poor family has been through so much, it wasn’t hard to feel for them. But at the same time, I wasn’t sure about them not having anything to do with the boys disappearance.
This is told from Claire’s point of view, and Claire was a pretty unreliable narrator as is was, so I was leery of each of the immediate family and some side characters as well, it was hard to know who was trustworthy and who wasn’t. Add in the dialog of some explicit messages between two people who we only know their screen names, and it was clear they were up to no good, that just added to the suspicion of, well, everyone. I don’t know how many times I changed my mind on who the two were. There are so many little twist thrown in, that it was hard to make up my mind what happened to Billy, was he taken or did her just leave? Especially what was going on with this family. That’s how I like my psychological thrillers, keep me guessing till the end. And it was certainly a surprise! I had to give up all the ideas that I had about pretty much everything. It was great!
The Missing wasn’t just a mystery of a boys disappearance, it was also about what a mother will do for her child. This brought up how sometimes social media and this risks it can bring, and I think that part was handled very well. This is definitely one of those books that will stick with you long after you finish.
Taylor gives us a chilling tale. Review for The Missing by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @Morrow_PB… Click To Tweet