The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh
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?’
Kavanagh has a wonderful way of describing events that make you understand and feel it as she wants you to.
In The Missing Hours, a woman disappears and returns some time later. The story is told from two points of view, that of brother and sister detectives. They are working together but separately on the investigation and it gives you the ability to see a larger story but with the help of two great characters. I’m not sure if Kavanagh is considering a series, but I could definitely read more from the two detectives in this book. They have solid backgrounds that make the characters real without overtaking the story.
The missing woman and her family are intriguing. Kavanagh even breathes life into the woman’s dead husband through information learned about the family and family business. It’s a good novel when the dead character is written so well that they don’t feel like a bit part which would be so easy to do.
It’s an interesting story as Selena (the missing woman) and her dead husband have a company dealing with kidnap for ransom as readers who will have read Kavanagh’s short story; Case 48: The Kidnapping of Isaiah Rae, where they were both introduced. The kidnap for ransom world is fascinating and adds a great layer to the story.
Another corker from Emma Kavanagh.