The Missing by C. L. Taylor

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Book Description:

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP FIVE BESTSELLER WITH SALES OF OVER HALF A MILLION COPIES . . .

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 Wilkinson’s 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?

My Thoughts:

From picking up this book I literally could not put it down. It had me one hundred percent gripped.

I ended up reading nearly all of it in one day but as I didn’t want to rush the ending, I waited until the next morning to finish it so that I could savour every last detail and boy am I glad I did.

As a mother, I could only ever imagine what it must be like for a child to go missing and have to try and get on with your everyday life constantly wondering and the torture of never knowing. Through Claire though, I very much felt literally every emotion she was going through.

I think any normal parent would never give up looking for their beloved child. Even though Billy was fifteen when he goes missing, he is still the baby of the family. Claire constantly thinks about him and torments herself by beating herself up over him going missing.

As the story unravels, it becomes apparent that quite a few of the family are keeping secrets and Claire ‘s world seems to start crashing down around her.

I think Claire’s whole family life is perfectly portrayed to what real family life is like. No family is perfect and they all have their issues. Claire and Mark do their best for their children but are by no means perfect parents, I mean come on who is? You also very much feel the resentment from Jake for his younger brother Billy. All his life he seems to have lived under Billy’s shadow and feeling that Billy is the favourite child. It was so easy to relate and empathise with Claire and Jake especially.

The Missing is an extremely gripping and brilliant read. It keeps you guessing all the way through as to what did happen to Billy. When I had finished, I felt like someone had ripped my heart out and wrung it out like a dish cloth. I thought Claire’s thoughts at the end were raw and very personal which totally moved me to tears.

Fabulous book and highly recommended.

Many thanks to HarperCollins UK, Avon and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Missing is out on the 7th of April and is available to pre order on Amazon.

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