The Missing Hours – Emma Kavanagh


Published by Random House UK/Century on 21st April 2016

A woman disappears

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?

My thoughts

I adored The Missing Hours. Emma Kavanagh has done an incredible job, especially with the missing person storyline and the wonderful Selena. I defy anyone not to be absolutely fascinated by the Kidnap and Ransom missions undertaken by the Coles.

The Missing Hours starts with Doctor Selena Cole, a widow and mother of two. She goes missing from a park, while her children are playing. What has happened to her? When Selena is discovered, she cannot explain what took place in the ‘missing hours’. Her amnesia is treated with suspicion by the police. DC Leah MacKay is on the case and cannot let go.

Emma Kavanagh has done it again, with a fresh and alluring kidnap drama. I was totally bewitched by the characters, especially Selena Cole and the mysterious Beck. This is just clever. It starts off with a mystery, that just expands, teases and then blows your mind. The story is littered with case histories from the files of Ed and Selena Cole, of their amazing rescue missions. I never knew such kidnap specialists existed. We thoroughly get to understand the kind of work Selena was involved in, and by association a little of her character. The various strands of the book come together beautifully, with a climax that made me gasp.

The Missing Hours is pure brilliance. Highly recommended.




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4 Responses to The Missing Hours – Emma Kavanagh

  1. I read this last week and loved it too, although some of it didn’t really come as a surprise ;-).

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  3. crimeworm says:

    I love Emma Kavanagh. Such a fresh voice, although I haven’t read this one yet – I’m saving it for “special.” No I should really read it soon shouldn’t I?

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