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April 2016 Book of the Month.
An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing with family drama. Claire tells her story, which is set six months after her son Billy went missing. Claire’s thoughts begin to fracture as she slowly uncovers secrets held by her family and friends. Interspersed throughout the story are electronic conversations between two people, dated as taking place before Billy went missing, these may be short, however they create a biting tension, which, as the story unfolds, absolutely skyrockets. C.L. Taylor allows you to feel Claire’s anguish and uncertainty while at the same time, the electronic messages push your thoughts in different directions. The writing effectively tears at you, and even if your suspicions start to screech and point, you'll find yourself questioning them! ‘The Missing’ is a fabulously rolling, coiling, twisting tale, if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?
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, 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? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide...
|Publication date:||7th April 2016|
|Author:||C. L. Taylor|
|Publisher:||AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Collections:||100+ Female Led Crime Fiction,|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
Praise for The Missing:
'No one does broken families and friendships like Cally Taylor and The Missing is no exception. Sarah Hilary Author of SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN 'As with all her books, C. L. Taylor delivers real pace, and it's a story that keeps calling the reader back - so much so that I read it from cover to cover in one day
Rachel Abbott, author of SLEEP TIGHT
'Kept me guessing all the way through to the brilliant end. This story of a mother trying to hold her family's lives together whilst desperately searching for her missing son, had me gripped, unsettled, wrong-footed and ultimately hugely satisfied'
Amanda Jennings, author of IN HER WAKE
'Dark, utterly gripping and had me ripping through the pages.' Jenny Blackhurst Author of HOW I LOST YOU
'C.L. Taylor is the Queen of Just-One-More-Chapter Lit. I devoured this compelling novel about the secrets and lies at the dark heart of family life.' Tammy Cohen Author of FIRST ONE MISSING
'Another winner from the hugely talented CL Taylor. The Missing is clever, twisty and a joy to read. The ending took my breath away.' Mark Edwards Author of FOLLOW YOU HOME
'Secrets and lies within a family can be devious as well as heartbreaking. The Missing explores these themes brilliantly - a dark and gripping read that engrossed me from start to finish'
Mel Sherratt, author of THE ESTATE series
'Utterly compulsive reading' Marnie Riches Author of The GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE
'Stunning! Her best yet' Louise Douglas, author of THE SECRET BY THE LAKE
'The Missing haunted me for days after turning the last page.' Milly Johnson Author of THE TEASHOP ON THE CORNER
CL Taylor studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle and currently works 4 days a week as a Distance Learning Design and Development manager for a London university, looks after her toddler son 3 days a week and squeezes in writing her novels when she should be sleeping. Author photo © Jim RossMore About C. L. Taylor