Contemporary, Family, Mystery/Thriller

The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh

This novel was a top priority for me because it is an advanced copy that is being released TOMORROW. Yes, you heard me, TOMORROW! And I will let you know right now that this book was quite fantastic and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new crime fiction novel!

When DC Leah Mackay is sent to investigate a missing persons report, she is stunned to find out that the missing woman, Dr. Selena Cole, left her two young children all by themselves. What ends up being even more surprising is when Selena comes back all by herself – but with no recollection of where she has been for the past 24 hours. Although the file is now closed and DC Mackay is sent off onto another case, Leah cannot help but wonder what happened during those hours. Where did Selena go and what compelled her to leave her two vulnerable children outside in a park? As Leah investigates her next murder case, she can’t help but see connections between the two cases, connections that could potentially reveal what happened during the 24-hour disappearance of Selena Cole.

What I loved about this novel is that it was not a straight narrative told from the perspective of one character. Not only did it have the viewpoints of a range of characters, but it also included case reports and articles on incidents – all of which gave clues to the main mystery in the novel. I always find that when authors use these different modes of telling the story, it is more interesting to read. Another point that made this book enjoyable was its focus on the business of kidnapping and ransom. I never actually knew how big of a deal this issue was, let alone that there was insurance for it! This novel gave me great insight into that world, and kept it interesting and relevant to the reader! I loved all of the characters and the subplots and the way in which everything tied together. I enjoyed my whole experience with this novel, where I was caught up in the story from the very first page all the way to the very last. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to read this advanced copy and I urge anyone interested in crime fiction to give this novel a chance!

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