First Line: ‘It was the silence that frightened Heather.’
Blurb: A woman disappears. One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.
A woman returns. Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.
What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?
‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?’
Selena Cole is playing with her children in the playground by her house when she suddenly vanishes and her children are left behind. On the same day the body of Dominic Newell, a defence solicitor, is found dead – dumped by the side of the road. Then twenty hours later Selena Cole is found on the outskirts of town looking like a kidnap victim. When links start to emerge between these two seemingly unconnected cases DC Leah Mackay and her brother DS Finn Hale join forces in order to catch a killer and to find out what really happened to Selena during those missing hours. But as the cases become more and more murkier Leah and Finn must question everything they ever knew about the world they live in to discover the truth.
I absolutely loved this novel! I found the characters of Leah and Finn so interesting especially as they are siblings who work very closely and have two very distinct ways of approaching their police investigations
Leah MacKay is compassionate, cares very deeply – which tends to get her into trouble and trusts her own instincts. Her brother Finn is more reserved, suspicious, logical and less comfortable in his own skin now he has been recently made a Detective Sergeant. It was really great to see their relationship change and grow as part of the fabric of the novel.
The novel is set in Hereford, is told from the perspectives of both police officers and has journals and case studies interspersed throughout the novel which I thought was a very effective device and really piqued my interest as a reader.
The Missing Hours has everything you could wish for – a dead body, a disappearance, complex family relationships, tension, suspense and deception. What’s not to love?
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an interesting twist in police procedurals.
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