The Missing by C.L. Taylor

The Missing

In this harrowing psychological thriller about a missing teenage boy whose mother must expose the secrets within their own family if she wants to find her son—perfect for fans of Reconstructing Amelia.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 sing...

Details The Missing

TitleThe Missing
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Missing

  • Gary
    I had previously read 'The Lie' by the same author and thoroughly enjoyed it so I was always going to read more from this talented author. CL Taylor is a relatively new author who writes hugely entertaining psychological thrillers and I have already obtained another one of her books to continue making my way through her work.Fifteen year old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night leaving his family distraught. His mother Clare bl...
  • Angela Marsons
    I was grabbed by this book from the first page. Although I have no children I completely empathised with Claire's plight and desperation to know what had happened to 15 year old Billy. There was mystery and secrecy throughout the book which touched every character mentioned. As each revelation unfolded I had to rethink my suspicions and re-evaluate what I'd read. Although none of my scenarios prepared me for the end which I read with an open mout...
  • Dave
    When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, 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 Wilkinsons 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 s...
  • Carolyn
    Claire and Mark Wilkinson are living every parent's nightmare. Their 15 year old son Billy went missing 6 months ago and so far there have been no clues as to what happened to him. Claire is convinced that he ran away following a family argument and is hiding out somewhere and she continues to try to unravel the truth. But there are secrets being kept by family and friends that might help to uncover the true events leading up to Billy's disappear...
  • Malia
    This is my third book my Taylor and I have detected a pattern. Not so much in actual plot, but in structure. The books are all fairly long - this was nearly 500 pages! - and all this working towards a grand unveiling has, in every one of the books, made said unveiling somewhat underwhelming. That's not to say the book was bad. Taylor has a fast-paced way of writing that certainly kept me turning the pages. While I completely felt for the protagon...
  • Karen
    3.5*In The Missing, 15 year old Billy Wilkinson suddenly disappeared from home one night and his family is going through hell wondering if he is dead or alive. We don't see his disappearance, the story starts 6 months later when Claire and her husband Mark are getting ready for the second TV appeal, which doesn't quite go to plan. The story is mainly narrated by his mother, Claire and we see events from her perspective. We can't always believe he...
  • Bibliophile Book Club
    The Missing is one of those books that you know, especially as a parent, will discuss one of your worst nightmares. Fear of losing your child, in any way shape or form.When Billy Wilkinson disappears in the middle of the night, his mother Claire and the rest of the family each blame themselves. Six months later and following a disastrous appeal, the family essentially begins to fall apart.What follows is the harrowing account of Claire’s decent...
  • Noeleen
    My thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this bookThis was my first time to read a book by C.L. Taylor. The story centers on the disappearance of fifteen year old Billy Wilkinson who went missing six months previously. It concentrates on the aftermath of Billy’s disappearance and the subsequent guilt felt by the other members of Billy’s family, his mother Claire, father Mark, his brother Jake and Jake...
  • Renita D'Silva
    Thrilling, fast paced and unputdownable. Loved it.
  • Christine
    The Missing is the latest psychological thriller by C. L. Taylor. It is about dysfunctional families, trauma and their hidden secrets.Billy is fifteen years old. Six months ago, he went missing. No one knows what has happened to him. The family are desperate for news and are falling apart. Claire Wilkinson is the mother and we mostly get her perspective. Claire is struggling, with the pain of this loss. Where is Billy? And what are the secrets hi...
  • Becci Williams
    I was given an advanced reader copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A 15 year old boy has been missing for six months, his family are starting to believe the worst but his mum, Claire, will not give up on finding him alive. Claire is continually looking for clues and chasing leads only for them to go nowhere, she feels she is the backbone of the family and needs to hold it all together.Claire has amnesia episodes which worry her a...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Review to follow...
  • Margaret Madden
    Fifteen year old, Billy Wilkinson, disappeared from his family home six months ago. His mother, Claire is preparing to hold another television appeal in the hope of jogging someones memory. Her husband and older son are not as hopeful as Claire and she feels undercurrents of defeat within the walls of her house. A mother can't ever give up hope of finding her missing child, can she? Who can she blame for the disappearance? Was there someway she c...
  • Joanne Robertson
    Well I am totally wrung out after just finishing this book, the third by C L Taylor and in my opinion her best so far. It inspired such a mixture of emotions in me and made me realise how truly talented you have to be to even attempt a psychological suspense of this calibre! I seem to have been waiting for such a long time to get my hands on a copy of The Missing but I have to say it was worth every second. It was stunning!Claire Wilkinson is the...
  • Book Addict Shaun
    C.L. Taylor's The Accident was one of the very first books I read after starting the blog and it's almost a year since I reviewed her second novel, The Lie, after receiving a copy of the book in an incredibly inventive way (take a look here if you missed it first time round). I was very excited about reading The Missing because of how much I have enjoyed Cally's previous two books and I began the book with an expectation that it would carry on th...
  • Kate
    A page turner but with little to make it stand out from other psychological thrillers.A review:
  • Rachel Gilbey
    C.L. Taylor has done it again, with another compelling masterpiece, a great example of a book that starts of well but gradually draws you in even more, and leaves you unable to put the book down, or catch your breath as it realises its finale. There are a multitude of twists in this fantastic novel, and even the ones I thought I had guessed were so far off the mark, that I was being surprised time and time again. I have no idea how C.L. Taylor co...
  • Sharon
    Thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for ARC in return for an honest review . I finished this earlier today and I'm just starting to release the tension in my body now! Every family's fear - your 15 year old goes missing and there is no trace of him at all. The Missing is a tale of a family's anguish and devastation after 15 year old Billy goes missing - each of them with their own sense of guilt over what happened, the book delves deep into the ...
  • Tracy Fenton
    The 3rd book by CL Taylor is a tense psychological thriller following Claire and her family 6 months after her 15 year old son Billy has disappeared. This was an uncomfortable read and really examines how much we don't know or understand what goes on in the mind and lives of our children in the digital age today. A gripping and fast paced thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. 4.5 stars
  • Laura Rash
    All through this book I kept thinking I had it all figured out & I was totally wrong. Like 3 times! I've said it before & I mean it, I'm getting all of her books now!
  • Paul
    The Missing – The Psycho Queen Returns!The Missing is the latest book from psycho thriller queen C. L Taylor, a book that will grab you from the first page through to the last. Cally Taylor has an innate knack of really getting under the skin of her characters and bringing out all their hopes and fears so it brings out the full psychological fears that we have that can be drivers for own actions.The Missing deals with the one thing that all mot...
  • Marina
    Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Hello, guys. Today is my stop on the great Cally Taylor's blog tour for her super gripping psychological thriller The Missing. My first book from this amazing author was a chick-lit story Heaven Can Wait, which I absolutely adored and proudly own, and I was very surprised when she went into another so different genre. But she managed well. The Lie, The Accident, and now The Missing, ...
  • Dawn
    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 ...
  • Leah
    Cally Taylor is such an intriguing author to me! I’ve read her books since she released her rom-com Heaven Can Wait years ago, and since then she’s written four more books, and switched genres, and now goes by the name C.L. Taylor. Heaven Can Wait is still one of my favourite books, but the genre switch has rocketed her writing to a whole other level, and I absolutely love her new thriller genre. I really enjoyed The Accident, I have The Lie ...
  • Laura
    Reviewed on I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Missing by C.L. Taylor, but it ended up really surprising me in its effectiveness - it really kept me hooked in throughout! I couldn’t really put it down and blame little sleep last night (and feeling exhausted today) solely on on this novel... I don’t mind though as I enjoyed every minute! :)I really loved the characterisation in the novel - even though I didn’t partic...
  • Anne
    I loved both The Accident and The Lie, but I'll admit there was a point when I wondered if I was actually going to get on with this one. None of the characters is particularly likeable - I know likability isn't a prerequisite of a good thriller, but the unremitting misery and distinctly unpleasant exchanges really did start to get to me a little. I know others have liked them, but the near-the-knuckle WhatsApp (or Snapchat maybe?) exchanges betwe...
  • Nicki
    I often dread starting a book that has had a lot of rave reviews because I have a habit of not agreeing and disliking the book but this book is brilliant and worthy of many more than five stars.Billy who is fifteen disappears during the night from the home that he shares with his mum and dad,Claire and Mark,brother Jake and Jake`s girlfriend Kira.As the story unfolds and the police investigate Mark`s disappearance secrets and lies are uncovered a...
  • Tanja Berg
    Another perfectly decent delivery by C.L. Taylor. She is an incredibly reliable author, delivers at the same level every time. Her books may not be truly stellar, but you know exactly what you are getting: a book about a devastated family with secrets.This time it's Claire. Her 15-year old son Billy has been missing for six months. She refuses to believe that he is dead. In her distress she occasionally disappears into fugue states, losing all se...
  • Selina Trafford
    Loved this story of family distinction, grief and loss and betrayal. Was glad that although I guessed the plot early on a few twists later and I as convinced I was wrong then a the end not surprised but not upset that I was right all along. Brilliantly written. Loved it x