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?
The Missing, by Author C.L. Taylor
Paperback, 484 pages
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Psychological Suspense
Published by Avon UK: April 7th, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
AWRW Book Review
I would like to thank the author and Avon UK for the complimentary paperback copy of The Missing.
When 15 year old Billy goes missing, it tears his entire family apart. Claire, his mother, suffers from bouts of fugue where she wakes up in strange places with no memory of the proceeding events nor how she got there. She even wonders if she had something to do with her son’s disappearance, and this guilt eats her alive. As a Psych major, the addition of abnormal psychology added another layer to this story that I enjoyed.
As clues are uncovered, so are the family secrets. Claire doesn’t know who to trust — not even herself due to her amnesia/fugue states. And as more is discovered, the list of people she trusts gets smaller and smaller. When the suspect was revealed, I was SHOCKED. I had it wrong the whole time! I couldn’t believe it!
The novel is peppered with text messages, but it isn’t clear who is texting until the end. When I realized it wasn’t who I thought it was, I had to go back and read all the texts again to really understand what happened. And I think Ms. Taylor meant it to be this way, as part of the aftershocks from the big earthquake that was the final reveal.
The Missing is a heart-pounding psychological suspense that had me at the edge of my seat. Recommended to fans of whodunits and thrilling crime mysteries! 5 stars. 🙂
About the Author
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.
Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.
Her second psychological thriller THE LIE was published in the UK in April 2015. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and hit the #1 slots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebooks. It will be published in the US in June 2016.
CL’s third psychological thriller THE MISSING was published in April 2016 and was another Sunday Times and ebook bestseller. She is currently writing her fourth (to be published in April 2017).
Her international bestselling romantic comedies (written as Cally Taylor), HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were both published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com.
In 2014 HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. For more information visit www.homeforchristmasfilm.com