Emma Rowley

Where The Missing Go

"The story started slowly but soon picked up pace leaving me unable to put the book down."


My name is Kate. I volunteer at a missing persons helpline - young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked. I don't get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.

But today a girl named Sophie called. I'm supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.

The problem is, Sophie isn't safeā€¦ and Sophie is my daughter.

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So, the synopsis sounded promising. A teenage girl who was missing from home and a mum who believed there was more to her daughter's disappearance and refused to give up searching. The story in the first half is written from Kate's perspective and details her day to day struggles of coping with life since Sophie left. As the book continues, suspects are written into the plot, with a few red herrings thrown in along the way. Although the ending is a little predictable, the read itself is fast-paced, well-written and enjoyable. Although it is known that Sophie is alive as she has called the missing persons hot line, it is not until the second half of the book that how and why she left is revealed. Again, some of the clues that Kate deciphered are somewhat far-fetched and felt a little too convenient. The story started slowly but soon picked up pace leaving me unable to put the book down. Stick with it, as this is a really enjoyable read.

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