Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley, and what a fabulous and surprising read it turned out to be.
MY NAME IS KATE.
I volunteer at a missing persons helpline – young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.
I don’t get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.
But this evening a girl named Sophie called.
I’m supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.
The problem is, Sophie isn’t safe.
AND SOPHIE IS MY DAUGHTER.
Picking up up a new book is rather like opening a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get until you sink your teeth it to it, sometime you are left feeling disappointed and yet other times you find the perfect combination and it leaves you wanting more, rather like Where The Missing Go. What a breathtakingly brilliant psychological thriller this one turned out to be I absolutely loved every twisted page. I feel I should mention it’s Emma Rowley’s debut novel, but what an exciting new voice in the psychological thriller genre and definitely an author to watch out for in the future.
From the opening chapter I found myself instantly “rooting” for Kate to find her missing daughter Sophie, here was a woman grasping to make sense of her daughters disappearance, as a parent myself I felt her ever emotion, the constant need to find answers and her overwhelming sense of guilt, constantly questioning her abilities as a parent, something I’m sure we have all done as a parent over the years. Through out Where The Missing Go Kate’s desperation is palatable, as the reader you can’t but help becoming emotionally involved in Kate and Sophie’s story and praying for a positive outcome.
It’s not very often a character in a book consumes my every waking moment but I found myself constantly thinking about Sophie as Emma Rowley reveals snippets of the events surrounding Sophie’s disappearance. I found my imagination running wild, why did she disappear? Was there something more sinister behind her disappearance? Should I jump to the ending to find out? I never but oh the temptation was overwhelming at times. Throughout Where The Missing Go there are subtle clues and red herrings, some you may not pick up on to reach the final conclusion, personally I love it when an author is able to keep you engaged throughout and my god Emma Rowley manages this with finesse. There were a couple of “big surprises” that when I reached them I’m sure my jaw hit the floor, which certainly added to the overall tension and suspense.
There is so much I would like to say about this book, the twists, those OMG moments, the plot, see I could go on and on but in doing so I would certainly spoil the enjoyment of this read for others. This is one of those psychological thrillers that has all the elements needed to make it stand out from a saturated genre, fantastic characters, a complex and devious plot and most importantly the author leads the reader astray at ever opportunity, in case you haven’t already guessed I loved this book and I will certainly be reading the next book by the author without hesitation. Highly recommended.
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Orion (8 Mar. 2018)