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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  9,104 ratings  ·  816 reviews
In this harrowing psychological thriller about a missing teenage boy whose mother must expose the secrets within their own family if she wants to find her son—perfect for fans of Reconstructing Amelia.

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wi
Paperback, 482 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 21st 2016)
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Shirley Revill
This audiobook is turning into a brilliant story. I will never sleep tonight because I won't be able to turn my tablet off. 😊
Update. I am a bit tired today because I did stay awake most of the night to finish listening to this story. Sometimes a book you are reading or listening to is so good you just have to read a few more pages that somehow turn into chapters.

If you can imagine for a moment that your fifteen year old son goes missing in the middle of the night and you can't find him. This is
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had previously read 'The Lie' by the same author and thoroughly enjoyed it so I was always going to read more from this talented author. CL Taylor is a relatively new author who writes hugely entertaining psychological thrillers and I have already obtained another one of her books to continue making my way through her work.
Fifteen year old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night leaving his family distraught. His mother Clare blames herself for his disappearance but is convince
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family that doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothi
Angela Marsons
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was grabbed by this book from the first page. Although I have no children I completely empathised with Claire's plight and desperation to know what had happened to 15 year old Billy. There was mystery and secrecy throughout the book which touched every character mentioned. As each revelation unfolded I had to rethink my suspicions and re-evaluate what I'd read. Although none of my scenarios prepared me for the end which I read with an open mouth. The pace of the book swept me along even though ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
The Missing was another enjoyable mystery thriller.

This book focuses on the trauma of dealing with a missing teenage son/brother, family dynamics, lies, secrets and all sorts of shenanigans. Great mix of characters. It felt a little drawn-out in places, but was overall quite a fast paced read, despite being quite long. Definitely one I’d recommend to fans of character led mystery thrillers.

This is the forth book I’ve read by this author. The very first one I read still remains my favourite. I ab
Claire and Mark Wilkinson are living every parent's nightmare. Their 15 year old son Billy went missing 6 months ago and so far there have been no clues as to what happened to him. Claire is convinced that he ran away following a family argument and is hiding out somewhere and she continues to try to unravel the truth. But there are secrets being kept by family and friends that might help to uncover the true events leading up to Billy's disappearance.

The story is told through Claire's eyes inter
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Family drama thriller centred around 15 year old boy Billy. Billy has been missing for 6 months now, the police still don't have any leads and no one has heard from him. Claire (Mother) is unable to let go she continues her search for her son believing he is out there and still alive.

As Claire digs deeper secrets are uncovered, betrayals, affairs, blackmail and a web of deceit. What if someone is your family had something to do with Billys disappearance? As more truths are released Claire is que
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is my third book my Taylor and I have detected a pattern. Not so much in actual plot, but in structure. The books are all fairly long - this was nearly 500 pages! - and all this working towards a grand unveiling has, in every one of the books, made said unveiling somewhat underwhelming. That's not to say the book was bad. Taylor has a fast-paced way of writing that certainly kept me turning the pages. While I completely felt for the protagonist's miserable situation, a missing child is unde ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good thriller!! I was completely clueless as to what happened and was surprised (yay!) by the ending. I never found a slow spot in this book, I was into it the entire time. I'm very much looking forward to reading more books by C.L. Taylor!!
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
The Missing is one of those books that you know, especially as a parent, will discuss one of your worst nightmares. Fear of losing your child, in any way shape or form.
When Billy Wilkinson disappears in the middle of the night, his mother Claire and the rest of the family each blame themselves. Six months later and following a disastrous appeal, the family essentially begins to fall apart.
What follows is the harrowing account of Claire’s decent into psychological turmoil as she begins to experie
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

It’s a PR trick to gain public sympathy. I read about it in a book I got out of the library, the one by the PR guru who was arrested for sex offences. Dirty bastard but he knew his stuff.

We all have secrets. Most are guilty, a few are wretched and some are too precious to share.

My Review:

The Missing was a riveting and enthralling read. I could not put my kindle down and while I wanted to savor every perfectly chosen word, I also could not read fast enough. This book was ingenious
Renita D'Silva
Thrilling, fast paced and unputdownable. Loved it.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Missing, 15 year old Billy Wilkinson suddenly disappeared from home one night and his family is going through hell wondering if he is dead or alive. We don't see his disappearance, the story starts 6 months later when Claire and her husband Mark are getting ready for the second TV appeal, which doesn't quite go to plan. The story is mainly narrated by his mother, Claire and we see events from her perspective. We can't always believe her story though because she has blackouts - or fugu
My thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

This was my first time to read a book by C.L. Taylor. The story centers on the disappearance of fifteen year old Billy Wilkinson who went missing six months previously. It concentrates on the aftermath of Billy’s disappearance and the subsequent guilt felt by the other members of Billy’s family, his mother Claire, father Mark, his brother Jake and Jake’s girlfriend, Kira. Everyone is keeping secrets, whic
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story opens six months after Claire and Mark's 15 year old son Billy goes missing in the middle of the night. Claire narrates the story. In between chapters, two unknown people exchange Snapchat messages prior to the disappearance. Everyone in the family has secrets. All of the family members feel guilty and the family is falling apart before our eyes. With all the twists, I suspected just about everyone of being involved in Billy's disappearance. I didn't know what to make of Claire's black ...more
A page turner but with little to make it stand out from other psychological thrillers.

Joanne Robertson
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well I am totally wrung out after just finishing this book, the third by C L Taylor and in my opinion her best so far. It inspired such a mixture of emotions in me and made me realise how truly talented you have to be to even attempt a psychological suspense of this calibre! I seem to have been waiting for such a long time to get my hands on a copy of The Missing but I have to say it was worth every second. It was stunning!

Claire Wilkinson is the narrator of this story-she is a mother on the edg
The Missing is the latest psychological thriller by C. L. Taylor. It is about dysfunctional families, trauma and their hidden secrets.

Billy is fifteen years old. Six months ago, he went missing. No one knows what has happened to him. The family are desperate for news and are falling apart. Claire Wilkinson is the mother and we mostly get her perspective. Claire is struggling, with the pain of this loss. Where is Billy? And what are the secrets hidden beneath the surface of this seemingly perfect
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't live up to my expectations, I mean, even though I kept turning pages to finally see what had really happened, it simply wasn't good enough. It's relativily well written, albeit somewhat simply, so it's an easy and fast read but even so it didn't even sound like it was written by a Brit, it could have perfectly beenw written by an American throwing the ocasional " bollocks". Very, very simplistic. The characters are not well developed and it's told from the POV of the mother who ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Mark and Claire Wilkinson are beyond distraught when their 15-year old son, Billy, goes missing. Now 6-months later, he still hasn’t returned home and his parents and older brother, Jake, can’t help but blame themselves—and each other—for his mysterious disappearance.

The media starts to question whether a member of his family had anything to do with Billy’s disappearance and this causes Claire to second guess the people she trusts the most. And the stress of Billy’s disappearance causes a serie
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 5-stars
I was given an advanced reader copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A 15 year old boy has been missing for six months, his family are starting to believe the worst but his mum, Claire, will not give up on finding him alive.
Claire is continually looking for clues and chasing leads only for them to go nowhere, she feels she is the backbone of the family and needs to hold it all together.
Claire has amnesia episodes which worry her as she doesn't know what has happened during these
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.L. Taylor's The Accident was one of the very first books I read after starting the blog and it's almost a year since I reviewed her second novel, The Lie, after receiving a copy of the book in an incredibly inventive way (take a look here if you missed it first time round). I was very excited about reading The Missing because of how much I have enjoyed Cally's previous two books and I began the book with an expectation that it would carry on the standard of those two novels.

I have read a numbe
Margaret Madden
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Fifteen year old, Billy Wilkinson, disappeared from his family home six months ago. His mother, Claire is preparing to hold another television appeal in the hope of jogging someones memory. Her husband and older son are not as hopeful as Claire and she feels undercurrents of defeat within the walls of her house. A mother can't ever give up hope of finding her missing child, can she? Who can she blame for the disappearance? Was there someway she could have prevented it? When her mind starts playi ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I often dread starting a book that has had a lot of rave reviews because I have a habit of not agreeing and disliking the book but this book is brilliant and worthy of many more than five stars.

Billy who is fifteen disappears during the night from the home that he shares with his mum and dad,Claire and Mark,brother Jake and Jake`s girlfriend Kira.As the story unfolds and the police investigate Mark`s disappearance secrets and lies are uncovered and it becomes obvious that one or more members of
Kate Ellis
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous with an ending that did not see coming at all - genius! My only disappointment is that I have only got one more of C.L. Taylor's books - I have read The Treatment, The Fear, The Lie, and The Escape.....just The Accident on my bookshelf which I am sure will be great too.
Miriam Smith
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel
3.5 stars. A little slow, not much depth to the plot and with very unlikeable characters and an unrealistic family set up, I did enjoy it but hope the authors other books are better.
Charlotte Ashcroft
I found the first part of this book seemed to be dragged out and I had already guessed what the ending would be ,but second half brought it all together 😊
Diana Iozzia
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
“The Missing”
Written by C.L. Taylor
Review written by Diana Iozzia

“The Missing” is a psychological thriller / mystery about a family that lives in Weston, England. The youngest son, Billy, had disappeared six months before the book begins, so we meet his parents, Claire and Mark, his brother, Jake, and his brother’s girlfriend, Kira. I was interested to read this book, because I am often interested in books that are labeled as psychological thrillers. I was slightly disappointed with this novel,
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.L. Taylor has done it again, with another compelling masterpiece, a great example of a book that starts of well but gradually draws you in even more, and leaves you unable to put the book down, or catch your breath as it realises its finale.

There are a multitude of twists in this fantastic novel, and even the ones I thought I had guessed were so far off the mark, that I was being surprised time and time again. I have no idea how C.L. Taylor comes up with her plots, but this was absolutely bri
Tracy Fenton
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd book by CL Taylor is a tense psychological thriller following Claire and her family 6 months after her 15 year old son Billy has disappeared. This was an uncomfortable read and really examines how much we don't know or understand what goes on in the mind and lives of our children in the digital age today. A gripping and fast paced thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. 4.5 stars
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C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 - THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S.)
2015 - THE LIE
2018 - THE FEAR
2019 - SLEEP

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