The Missing by CL Taylor

20th February 2017

What the publisher says:

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…


What I say:

Quite possibly every parent’s worst nightmare is that one of their children goes missing.  This novel follows Billy’s family six months after he vanished in the middle of the night.  Mum Claire is sure that he is still alive and is convinced that she can find him.  The book follows her as she uncovers secrets that the family have been all been keeping from each other and how her mental anguish reveals itself as she suffers blackouts which lead to her waking up in strange situations with no memory of how she came to be there.

Interspersed with the story are historical Whatsapp messages which were clearly sent by BIlly before he disappeared but with no clue until the end who he was messaging.  This book was a conundrum for me as it was well written and the story was interesting and well thought out but I found that I didn’t actually like Billy as a character so I have to mark it down


Rating 3 out of 5


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