Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to review an advanced copy of The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh. The first thing that comes to mind after reading this book is wow, I have never had so many different theories of where the plot was going and I’ve never been wrong about it so many times. This author is the master of the red herring and surprise twists and turns. This book is about the disappearance of Selena Cole and also a murder that she might be connected to.
There was so much depth to this novel that I found it mesmerising. The murky world of Kidnap and Ransom, that I have to admit I didn’t realise was actually still a thing, is explored and investigated. The snapshots we get of different cases of kidnap and ransom were chilling and terrifying. They added a real sense of intrigue to the book and made it stand out from other crime novels.
The characters in this novel were also really interesting. I loved that we got to see the inner turmoil of the two detectives Leah and Finn, it was also really nice that they were brother and sister, I loved that connection between them. This book is as much about solving a murder as it is about the characters. The problems that Leah has at home were the most interesting to me (being a woman and all). The way that she deals with her guilt at leaving her children and other issues, all whilst being a detective was brilliant. Both Leah and Finn have an internal monologue with themselves about the investigation and it was compelling to me. I wonder if this is what real life detectives are thinking when they are investigating. All in all I found the detectives very realistic and they made this book for me. I also liked that the setting was somewhere I knew for a change.
Like I said at the start of this review, throughout the book I was convinced I knew what was happening and then something else would be revealed and then I thought ‘ahh okay so it’s that then’, but no, I was wrong every time. The ending was nothing I could have conceived and I was thoroughly impressed with this author’s writing skills. The Missing Hours is released on 21st April and is available to pre-order. It is really worth a read as it keeps you guessing until the very last page.