This shocking psychological thriller explores the aftermath of one terrible night in the lives of two families, when Francis Scroll begins to suspect that the long-ago death of his brother is connected to the murder of another child.
On the evening of a small dinner party, nine-year-old Lucas Scroll was found floating face-down in his parents' bathtub. Lucas's friend Sam was the only person who could reveal the truth, but he was unable—or unwilling—to speak. Lucas's death was ruled a tragic accident, and Francis Scroll became an only child.
Twenty-three years later, Francis is forced to confront the past he buried long ago when Sam's own nine-year-old son goes missing, and Francis's vengeful father emerges as the prime suspect. In order to save the life of a young boy, Francis must unearth the complicated truth about what happened the night his brother died.
A twisty story of suspense, revenge, and justice, Boy, 9, Missing, tests the limits of memory to surprise fans of psychological thrillers like Defending Jacob by William Landay, and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.
Joseph's debut is a heart-wrenching chronicle of two families, one with a missing son, the other still reeling from the death of a son years before. In 1992, nine-year-old Lucas Scroll was found dead in a bathtub in his parents' home in a Chicago suburb. The last person to see Lucas alive was Sam Farr, a classmate who was over for dinner that fatal night. Fast forward to 2015, when Sam's nine-year-old son, Matthew, has gone missing, and former cop Alex Scroll, Lucas's father, is the prime suspect. Caught in the middle of the maelstrom is Francis Scroll, now Francis Clarke, Lucas's older brother. Confronted by the missing boy's mother, Miranda Farr, Francis doesn't want to believe that his father is involved, but he can't be sure. So he sets out to find Matthew and end the newest chapter of a drama he's tried for decades to leave behind. Only a few forgotten details, which don't affect the overall storytelling or denouement, mar this page-turner with its haunting, well-developed characters and tantalizing plot.