Missing – A Review

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About the book

Single mum Ellie is shown a missing person post on Facebook.
It’s of her three-year-old son, Tyler…
But he’s right there, holding her hand.

Surely this is some kind of prank – she knows her friend Louise can go too far with her jokes sometimes. And Ellie is used to the other mums gossiping at the school gates…

But now the other parents are questioning whether Tyler is really her child.

Ellie does everything she can to prove the post is fake, but the longer it goes on she knows it is malicious. Who would do this to her? And why?

It could be her ex, Darren, but deep down she knows it must be linked to what happened all those years ago – the night she’s been doing her best to forget…

All she knows is that she has to keep her son safe – no matter what.

What do I think?

**Trigger warning** this story contains strong references to rape, sexual assault and psychological bullying.

As a mother, it would be my worst nightmare to be faced with a ‘missing’ poster featuring my child when they were with me. That cold fear that would creep across my own shoulders was very well portrayed in Ruby Speechley’s Missing.

The missing poster of her son Tyler is plastered everywhere in the protagonist, Ellie’s, new community. There are unnerving whispers at the school gate about what is going on. Ellie sets out to find who created this poster with a few people in mind, and suspects almost everyone. Is it a joke, a mistake, or something more sinister? The story keeps a brisk pace as together Ellie and the readers swirl through the possibilities. The realisation of who and why has created the poster hits us before Ellie, but still I found myself gripped as I read on to see how it would end. I was rooting for her but in a story where nothing seemed quite certain the intrigue remained high. The characterisation was spot on throughout, which I loved. I read the book in its entirety across two sittings because for me it was a brilliant page turner!

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a thriller.

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About the author

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Ruby Speechley is a bestselling psychological thriller writer, whose titles include Someone Else’s Baby. Previously published by Hera, she has been a journalist and worked in PR and lives in Cheshire.

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N.B. Thank you to Ruby Speechley and Rachel’s Random Resources for an e-copy of the book. All thoughts are my own. For more information about how I work with others, please visit my disclosure page.