The Missing Hours by @EmmaLK

The Missing Hours

A woman disappears

One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.

A woman returns

Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.

What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?

‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?’

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★★

One-Sentence Summary: An exciting police thriller set in the UK

Review: Emma Kavanagh was one of my favourite discoveries from 2015 and I was excited to get my paws on her 2016 release The Missing Hours – it certainly didn’t disappoint.

One of the charms of the book is the fact that it is told from multiple POVs, including the use of “case-files” and the timeframe jumps around. The two main characters are brother and sister police officers who start out working two different cases, one missing persons and one murder, but soon realise that their crimes are linked. They are both likeable characters and I enjoyed being in their head and watching Leah juggle her work and personal life. I would actually love to see them star in Kavanagh’s next book, but I know she seems to be fond of the standalone over the series.

As to the whodunnit element, there were enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes and the book ends with a satisfactory conclusion.

Another 5* read from an up-and-coming British crime writer.  I only hope we don’t have to wait another year for her next release.

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