Reported Missing

Written by Sarah Wray

Review written by Rob Scragg

Rob lives in North East England. He works in Recruitment by day, and is usually to be found knee deep in a pile of books as a reader and reviewer by night. He has recently signed with The Blair Partnership, and his debut crime novel is currently doing the rounds of publishers inboxes.


Reported Missing
Bookouture
RRP: £9.99
Released: July 14, 2017
Pbk

Fourteen-year old Kayleigh Jackson disappeared four months ago from a sleepy sea-side town. No sightings, and no trace. Rebecca Pendle’s husband, Chris, was last seen on the same day as Kayleigh, but she can’t bring herself to believe that the two are linked.

As far as the rest of the town is concerned, it’s no coincidence. His absence is all the proof they need, and apart from a handful of friends, Rebecca is shunned by the town. Her efforts to find Chris, to separate his disappearance from Kayleigh’s, make Rebecca a target for disgruntled locals.

Her unshakable belief in Chris’s innocence drives her to uncover the truth, but as the layers of small-town-life are peeled back, she’s forced to confront the possibility that she may not know the man she married as well as she thinks. As if that’s not enough to contend with, there are those who would rather she stopped asking questions, and some who are willing to take steps to make that happen.

The small town setting makes for an intriguing paradox. It’s interesting to see how many secrets exist in an insular community where everyone wants to know your business, and the consequences of them unravelling. Rebecca’s world is smaller still, and the claustrophobic feel to her point of view, combined with her self-imposed exile from her old life, adds a sense of building pressure, as Rebecca edges closer to answers that she’s no longer as certain she wants to know. But she, and we, are compelled to chase after them, right to the last page.

Impressive debut novel, and will be intrigued to see what Sarah Wray writes next.

 



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