REPORTED MISSING BLOG TOUR
TITLE: REPORTED MISSING
AUTHOR: SARAH WRAY
Welcome to my stop on the #ReportedMissing blog tour- I would like to thank #netgalley and #Bookouture for my advanced digital copy and to Kim for offering me so many exciting blog tour opportunities!
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?
I would describe Reported missing is a mystery thriller. We have a missing man ( Chris Pendle) and a missing teenage girl ( Kayleigh) – both have gone missing on the same day and the question of whether their disappearances are linked hangs heavy in the air especially for Chris’s wife Rebecca who has been left behind not only to figure out if it’s just a coincidence but also to face the gossip, the whispers and the smear/ bullying campaigns that she has been subjected to. Local gossip and rumors having already decided it’s more than a coincidence and that her husband is a peodophile or child kidnapper. It seems no one in this sleepy, coastal town has ever heard of the term innocent until proven guilty! Rebecca begins with an unshakable belief that her husband is innocent but as we move through the book and as links are founds and the connection between the two missing people grows, we see Rebecca’s desperation and confusion escalate as she begins to question the trust between her and her husband. Did she ever really know him? This is the story of a normal wife pushed to breaking point as she lives in a self imposed exile while she desperately seeks to uncover the truth.
It’s a very well written novel with a tight plot and strong storyline but it’s a slow reveal, a slow almost claustrophobic look inside the life and thoughts of the wife left behind. If you like cliff hangers and adrenaline fueled thrillers that rock you to the core then this might not be your bag but I personally believe a slow burner isn’t a bad thing and being character rather rather than action driven can offer just as enjoyable and satisfying read if you don’t compare but take it on its own merit. This story gave an incredible insight into the mind of the main character and as someone fascinated by people’s psychology I really appreciated this. This is almost more about the mental breakdown of Rebecca than about a crime and it makes for fascinating reading.
Sarah creates a brilliant tension and the tone of the book is melancholy and slightly morose which suited the plot perfectly, proving she is skilled at creating the setting and atmosphere.
Rebecca the main protagonist is struggling, desperate to find out what happened to her husband. She is now holed up in a caravan, drinking heavily and running out of money. Still in their home town she finds herself a pariah who is cold shouldered and snubbed. I felt her loneliness and isolation and thought what an unenviable apportion she had found herself in.The scenes where she is subjected to physical attacks by groups of unpleasant teenagers left me cringing, at their cruel was and I felt for her in that respect. She cut a lonely, unhappy figure whose whole life had fallen apart and I couldn’t imagine how it would feel left wondering if your husband really was the man you thought he was. However despite her circumstances I really struggled to like her as a person. I found her attitude towards her dementia suffering mother to be selfish and unsympathetic and I didn’t warm to her her complaining or self centeredness. But despite not liking her I appreciated that this made her a more believable character, humans are multi faceted and never perfect, so Rebecca was human and therefore a very well depicted character. I am sure most of us would’nt behave perfectly under the stressful circumstances.
The whole book is written through Rebecca’s eyes and if I’m honest I was somewhat disappointed that we didn’t get some alternative narrative from either Chris or the missing teenager. This would have made for more depth and mystery to the story, I felt this would have made the read a much stronger and intriguing one with the potential for some real insights and clues, whereas at times this singular perspective became a little laborious. Flitting between the two would have mixed it up and bit and could have added some cliff hangers at the end of each persons chapter- leaving us guessing. Although as the story was told I was still separate to find out what had happened? If the disappearances were linked and if so how Chris was involved. Had he kidnapped Kayleigh? Had they fallen in love and eloped? Had he murdered her and run away? This was still enough for me to keep turning the pages long after I should have switched off my kindle!
I really enjoyed Sarah’s style of writing and found her to be a talented story teller, all in all an impressive debut and o look forward to reading more from her on the future.