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 disappearance of 15-year-old Billy Wilkinson from his home in Bristol, England, drives this emotionally raw family drama from British author Taylor (The Lie). Six months after Billy went missing, his mother, Claire, is certain that he is alive, while her husband, Mark, is doubtful. Billy's 19-year-old brother, Jake, and Jake's girlfriend, Kira Simmons, who lives with the Wilkinsons, have basically shut down. The alienation that each family member feels from the others heightens when they appear on TV to appeal for Billy's return. Jake shows up drunk, making a scene that's covered by the press. Claire's grief over Billy, whom she adored, plunges her into despair and gives the plot its heart. Claire has blackouts and wakes up not knowing where she is; she chases teenage boys she's sure are Billy; she walks into strangers' homes or dangerous situations in pursuit of her son. Each incident reinforces the impression that this dysfunctional family thrives on lies. Taylor keeps Billy's fate in question right up to the shocking denouement.
Good read but...
C.L. Taylor is great at reeling the readers in and taking them on twists and turns. This is why it was hard for me to understand why Taylor did not apply this to the ending of the book. It was very rushed and made all 60+ chapters prior to the ending more interesting than the actual conclusion of the book.