Author : Sarah Wray
Title : Reported Missing
Pages : 356
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : July 14, 2017
Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.
Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence.
Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth.
But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to believe what it is true.”
Four months ago, fourteen year old Kayleigh goes missing. On the same day, Rebecca’s husband Chris disappears as well. Is it a coincidence or is there more going on? The town where Rebecca lives is quick to jump to conclusions. What really happened on that day?
Reported Missing didn’t quite turn out to be what I was expecting. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you. There are a few twists and turns and while the ending took me by surprise, it also left me a bit disappointed. It’s a super tense ride though with excellent and realistic characterisation, albeit it not action-packed.
Some might say this book is quite slow and in a way it is but I actually enjoyed that. Watching Rebecca struggle on a daily basis was incredibly heartbreaking and thought-provoking as she not only has to deal with the fact that her husband is gone, but also with the accusations and angry glares from the town residents. A town that is clearly unfamiliar with the concept of innocent until proven guilty. Rebecca finds herself guilty by association and the town doesn’t make a secret of it.
You can’t help but feel for Rebecca or wonder how you would deal with a situation like this. I was rooting for her all the way. No matter what her husband has or hasn’t done, she’s the innocent party here. He’s not her responsibility, a fact most people forget in a heartbeat.
All in all, a really well written and thought-provoking story of ordinary people being thrown into turmoil and trying to find a way to keep their head above water.
Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly.
Reported Missing will be published on July 14th.