Saturday, 9 April 2016

The Missing - C. L. Taylor

The Missing
by C. L. Taylor


About the book...
You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, 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 Wilkinson’s 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?


About the author...
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.







My thoughts...
You know sometimes that feeling of anticipation that you want something to happen but at the same time you don't want it to be over?  That's how I felt about The Missing, I was counting down the days to publication day when my pre-order from Amazon would land on my mat, so imagine my surprise when I opened my post about a month ago to find a copy of The Missing from Avon, C. L. Taylor's publishers.  I was beyond excited to be getting an early read in exchange for an honest review, something I'm more than happy to do.

The Missing centres around the lives of Billy Wilkinson's family - a fifteen year old boy that has gone missing, focusing on their ability to cope with day to day life in the aftermath of his disappearance.

This was such a compelling read, Cally Taylor has an incredible ability to get inside the minds of people both characters and readers.  Her sharp observations are so accurate you feel you are reading a true story. 

How many times do you hear about families torn apart by events which should bind them together - when Claire, Billy's mum is manically flaying around lurching from one possibility to another, chasing after clues my heart literally bled - she appeared to be slowly going mad with desperation.  Having black out moments that evoke polaroid like images that don't fit in her life, always believing that Billy is out there somewhere, never giving up hope.   Whilst on the other hand Mark her husband is trying to be realistic, six months is a long time he must be dead, mustn't he? And, let's not forget Jake his older brother who turns to drink to help him get through each day that his little brother is missing.

This was such a compelling read, I so wanted to know the answers yet didn't want the book to end.  Relationships and family dynamics are complex at the best of times but intensified, with everybody's flaws and faults highlighted in the face of such a trauma.  I felt for each and everyone of them - a family unable to help each other, each wanting the same outcome, to wake up from this terrible tragedy and find it was all a dream yet each coping or not coping in reality - the pain, hurt and desperation for life to resume normality evident with every page turned.

I highly recommend this book - it's a book that will touch your heart, will make you gasp and cry out, the sheer emotion leaps from the pages with an ending that I didn't see coming a mile off - it's shocking yet true to life, a story that sadly you could see happening for real.  C. L. Taylor is an author to put on your favourites list she has a writing style that is dark and twisted yet demonstrates an insight into the complex psyche of people that we live alongside every day.

Huge, huge thanks to Avon for the opportunity to review this amazingly brilliant book and my initial thoughts were right, I'm gutted it's over!  Follow the rest of the blog tour for more views and reviews from fellow bloggers.