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Blog Tour Stop - The Missing by CL Taylor

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Missing by CL Taylor!

What They Say:

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them.
But should 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 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…

What I Say:

I always find it hard to review a thriller because I'm scared of giving things away. I promise no spoilers but I always have to think really hard when I'm writing my reviews.

The Missing was definitely a thriller. Boy, was it! But it was much more than that. Claire is a mother struggling to continue living a normal life after her son, Billy went missing. The rest of her family are struggling too but Claire is desperate to find her son. The characters are brilliantly written and I really felt for them. I was utterly drawn into their world and their traumas. I cared about what happened to them and genuinely hoped it would all turn out well. I found myself sniffling more than once.

The plot was gripping and quite original, in my opinion. The pace was quick enough to keep me hooked but not too fast that I got confused or flustered. (I find that happens to me often with thrillers!). I was kept guessing until the very end of this twisty turny story.

I am such a huge fan of CL Taylors' books that I was desperate to read The Missing and I can safely and confidently say that I feel this was her best yet! Cally is a master storyteller and has a gift for making you care for her characters and for keeping you on your toes!

One of the best thrillers I have read so far! 10/10

Thanks to Helena Sheffield at Avon for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.


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