The Missing by C.L Taylor


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…

C.L Taylor is one of my go to authors and I have honestly never been disappointed with any of her books that I’ve read and this one was no different. It has everything I enjoy in a book, secrets coming out and a story that keeps you guessing. The story is told from Claires point of view and is interspersed with Whatsapp messages between Billy and an unknown person. I liked this because it gave you an idea of who Billy was and not just the person his mother thought he was.

This story preys on every fear you have as a parent. What if my child goes missing, what if they’re not a good person, what if its my fault or what if someone I love had something to do with it? You can feel Claires grief and determination as a parent to find out what happened to her son and her belief that he is still alive. Every single member of this family has a secret and a reason to think that Billy disappearing was their fault and as Claire investigates more she discovers each of them one by one and cant help but wonder if any of them had something to do with her sons disappearance.

This book stays with you after wondering to yourself about what your children are really doing. Especially if like myself you have a 16 year old son but also I think because it is so believable. You constantly he ar about teenagers going missing and disappearing and that is what makes this book so good. The fact that everything about it could happen, and has, at any time.

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