One minute Selena Cole is in the local playground with her children and the next she has disappeared. Returning the next day, with, allegedly, no memory of what has happened, it is up to Detective Constable Leah Mackay to try to piece together what occurred in those missing hours. When Leah’s brother, Detective Sergeant Finn Hale, is tasked with finding out who killed solicitor Dominic Newell, the two cases seem to become linked. Is Selena involved in the murder or is there something even more sinister going on?

The case is complicated even further due to Selena’s occupation as part of a company specialising in kidnap and ransom – that is the safe recovery of people who have been taken in kidnap-rife areas of the world. As connections are made between the murder and the world of K&R, it is up to Mackay and Hale to bring the killer to justice and also piece together what happened during Selena’s disappearance.

I found that this book took me several chapters to get into but, once I did, I was hooked. Told mainly from the perspectives of the two police officers, we get to see the independent investigations and also the points when they realise that the two cases intertwine. The world of kidnap and ransom was, on the whole, new to me, and so I found this aspect very interesting. It is obvious that much research has gone into this as shown in the occasional interspersed sections detailing fictional kidnap cases.

It is a given that, in all psychological thrillers, there will be a twist but often, these twists are signposted. This was not the case, however, in ‘The Missing Hours’ as I was genuinely surprised when the moment was revealed. My only negative would be the ending of the book as I felt that it finished a chapter too early.

‘The Missing Hours’ will be published on April 21st.

This book was received from Net Galley and Randon House in exchange for an honest review.

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