The Book Worm: Review: Reported Missing

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Reported Missing

Book Review: Reported Missing, by Sarah Wray


Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson. 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?

Genre: fiction

Publication date: July 2017

Mature content: yes

Review: I read this book in two days and I found it really good. It's not an easy story to deal with and it may not be a book for everyone, but I think it's very well written. The beginning of the book is dark and depressing. The story starts four months after Rebecca's husband has disappeared. On that same day a teenager disappeared as well. After a while we start to realize that Rebecca's husband, Chris, was actually leading a double life, so it's easy to be led to believe that he could have been responsible for Kayleigh's disappearance. And Kayleigh, at fourteen, doesn't sound like an angel either. But is Chris really guilty of pedophilia - or worse, murder? Where are they? In a small town, rumors fly, everyone has an opinion and Rebecca ends up tarnished by something her husband may or may not have done.

Rebecca is totally messed up and I can't agree with some of her choices, but the best part of the book is that it makes you wonder - what would you do in her situation? How would you react? It certainly is an interesting insight on how the lives of family and friends of those convicted from crimes, or simply under suspicion, are affected.

There is no happy ending in this book, not even real closure (no spoilers), but that makes the book all more realistic because, really, can there ever be a happy ending after all that happened?

Reported Missing is not exactly a psychological thriller as Amazon states, it's more a psychological analysis of the mind and the reactions of a wife that has to face the fact that her husband may not be the man she thought him to be, in the worst possible way. Taking into account all the disclaimers above, I still recommend it.

Happy Readings, 

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