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Night Falls, Still Missing

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On a cold, windswept night, Fiona arrives on a tiny, isolated island in Orkney. She accepted her old friend's invitation with some trepidation - her relationship with Madison has never been plain sailing. But as she approaches Madison's cottage, she sees that the windows are dark. The place has been stripped bare. No one knows where Madison has gone.

As Fiona tries to find
Published July 23rd 2020 by Michael Joseph
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Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Madison Kowalczyk is on an archeological dig at Helly Holm, Orkney* led by renowned celebrity archaeologist Professor Iris Barclay in January 2020. One night she phones her oldest friend Fiona Grey and pleads with her to come to Orkney as she doesn’t feel safe. Fiona makes the long journey north from Cambridge but Madison doesn’t turn up at Stromness to meet her as arranged. Where is she? Does this have anything to do with a malicious, jaw dropping, nasty anonymous tweet about Madison posted fro ...more
Rating 4.5/5*

This is an edge of your seat suspense filled psychological thriller, an enthralling page turner and a great read.

Madison Kowalczyk is on an archaeological dig on a remote Orkney island when she phones her best friend, Fiona Grey, demanding she travels from Cambridge to join her as she needs her help. They arrange to meet up en route but Madison isn't there when Fiona arrives and she's not where she's supposed to be staying, either. As Fiona gets increasingly concerned about Madison'
Julie Lacey
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great mystery thriller.
The book begins with Fiona, a Cambridge professor on her way to the Orkney islands. Her friend Madison has called her asking for help - but she hasn't explained why. When Fiona arrives on the remote island there is no sign of Madison.
Fiona meets the people on the archaeological dig that Madison was working on, and they tell her they thought Madison just had the flu.
When it’s clear she’s not coming back, Fiona gets the Police involved.
I was hooked from the begi
Liz Barnsley
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Night Falls, Still Missing is a really engaging, intriguing psychological thriller that is well plotted to keep it unpredictable and with some intriguing characters that made it a really terrific read.

I loved the setting too, I seem to have been spending a lot of time on remote islands in my recent reading life and if they are in the hands of a descriptively talented author as is the case here it really adds to the atmosphere. The archeology theme is fascinating in its own way, a refreshing set
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Utterly, utterly brilliant! What an edge of your seat thriller!! There were moments when I wanted to read on, but was also apprehensive as to what might actually unfold - heart in my mouth moments!! Fantastic read, one that keeps you on your toes!!
Rosemary Standeven
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent thriller that kept me guessing throughout. The two main protagonists have been very close friends since childhood. Madison comes from a well-off family, Fiona from a poor family with a drunken father. Now, as adults, Fiona has become the more successful, as a senior lecturer in metal archaeology at Cambridge University. Madison is also an archaeologist, but working in the field on digs lead by other people.
Madison calls Fiona out of the blue, and insists she drop everythin
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Archaeology lecturer Fiona Grey travels to Orkney, responding to a cryptic call for help from her old friend, Madison, who is working on a dig there, led by celebrity TV archaeologist Iris Barclay. When she arrives, though, Madison is nowhere to be found, her rented cottage deserted. Nobody seems to have a clue where she is, but Fiona’s sure Madison wouldn’t just take off without telling anyone. Worryingly, too, there are signs that her stalky ex-boyfriend is up to his old tricks again.

This was
Night Falls, Still Missing is an extremely suspenseful story and kicks off with a tantalising prologue. The reader is first introduced to archaeology professor Fiona Grey as she arrives on a tiny, isolated island in Orkney, Stromness, one cold, windy night, after setting off from Cambridge. Having accepted her old friend, Madison Kowalczyk's invitation to stay at her cottage in Caithness, she is surprised to find it in darkness, bearing no sign of Madison. Her chum appears to have vanished into ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great read by Helen Callaghan! I really like her style of writing and her books keep your attention from the beginning to the end.

What would you do if you get a call from your best friend telling you she needs your help? Most of us would immediately jump on our horse and gallop off to save the day!
This is exactly what Fiona does when she gets a call from her bestie Madison telling her she has something to show her. Off she goes to the beautiful Orkney but there is no Madison to pick he
Anne Fenn
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Please don’t ever let me visit Orkney. Wet, cold, savagely fierce winds, an island surrounded by terrible seas. Main character Fiona is lured there by mysterious text messages from her friend Madison. The plot involves an archeological dig, rising seas, empty houses and growing panic about what’s happening among the group involved. Well written, I quite enjoyed it.
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for an advance copy of Night Falls, Still Missing, a stand-alone thriller set on the Orkney Islands.

Fiona arrives on Orkney at the behest of her best friend, Madison, who has hinted that something is wrong at the archaeological dig she is working on and she has to show it to Fiona, but Madison has disappeared, her lodgings have been cleared out and her car is missing. Determined to find Madison Fiona starts to investigate and finds
Miss R
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

#NightFallsStillMissing #NetGalley

The intriguing premise for this book, with its mixture of archaeology and intrigue, made this a must-read for me. 'Night Falls, Still Missing' certainly delivered on this promise, with some faultless execution on the part of Helen Callaghan. It simply oozes suspense, helped in no small part by the atmospheric setting of a tiny, isolated island in Orkney. The story rev
Priya Shrinath
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Madison is missing. When Archeologist Fiona Gray receives a frantic call for help from her friend who is currently working on a dig in Orkney, she reluctantly leaves her work behind to meet Madison. After reaching there, however, Madison does not come to recieve her nor she is at her temp cottage. Where is Madison and what is she playing at? The friends have had their hard times in the past, and Madison has got her moments but this is something else. None of her co-workers know anything about wh ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
I loved this book. Brilliant psychological thriller. It has everything to make the perfect gripping read. Great characters. Perfect remote location. Great writing. Plenty of twists and turns that has you doubting everyone! Definitely a recommend read.

Fiona arrives on a tiny isolated Orkney island in the depths of winter having accepted a last minute invitation to see her friend Madison who is there on an archeological dig. Fiona’s relationship with Madison has always been complicated but it is s
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant story,full of suspense and so atmospheric I could almost smell the sea and feel the freezing wind !.The story is told in two time lines ,last year and the present .Madison is working at an archaeological dig in Orkney , she contacts her best friend Fiona to ask her to come over as she has something to show her ,then she disappears .Fiona is desperate to find out what has happened to her .This is a very intriguing and enjoyable story.Many thanks to the Publisher the Author and Ne ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A missing person, a long list of suspects, an islet only accessible at high tide and a gathering storm. These are some of the components familiar to regular readers of murder mystery novels.

Here, Helen Callaghan combines the above to produce a gripping tale where the reader is constantly trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

The story's main character is Fiona Grey, who, in January 2020, at the urgent request of her best friend Madison, drives from Cambridge to Caithnes to catch the
Kayleigh (BookwormEscapes)
Although the twists and story didn’t blow me away, I really enjoyed this! The tension was unreal! Like I was desperate to find out what happened to Madison but I was also scared sh*tless!! The setting of the Scottish Highlands almost felt like a character itself with the remote landscapes and dramatic weather, it was perfect for the story! There was such a sense of foreboding and numerous occasions where my heart was in my mouth!
Iffet Burton
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a slow burner but well worthy of the read.

A very realistically written narrative, Fiona's best friend, Marisa, calls her and asks for her help but won't say why. When Fiona arrives in Orkney Marisa is gone but no one has seen or spoken to her directly for days. Fiona has only had texts for the last couple of days. Hence the title.

What we are given in flashbacks of Fiona's memories are the possible and very credible reasons for Marisa's absence as we find out she is not the most reliabl
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Helen Callaghan's previous book Everything is Lies, I was really looking forward to getting stuck in to her latest offering, Night Falls, Still Missing. I had very high hopes and it didn't disappoint. I've always loved history and archaeology so when I saw this book was based around an archaeological dig, I knew I had to read it.

I thought the Scottish islands setting with its harsh landscape and brutal weather created an exceptionally atmospheric and brooding s
Melanie Garrett
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With NIGHT FALLS, STILL MISSING we find Sunday Times bestselling author, Helen Callaghan doing what she does best. Delivering heart-stopping thrills against the backdrop of poignant human relationships and dilemmas.

There are plenty of things to love about NIGHT FALLS, STILL MISSING, starting right from the title and the cover art. The engine of the piece is the dynamic between the two main characters, Fiona and her best friend Madison (who has gone missing while working on an archaeological dig
Carole Tyrrell
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Night Falls, Still Missing
When I heard the author reading out the first chapter of this book on social media, I was really keen to read it. ‘Dear Amy’, her first novel, genuinely impressed me with her masterful and sensitive handling of the subject matter.
Night Falls, Still Missing is set on the Orkney Islands as an archaeological dig begins to uncover exciting Viking artifacts.
Dr Fiona Grey has travelled up from Cambridge in response to a plea from her closest friend, Madison, for her help. T
Shayney Hardcastle
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest and unbiased review of this book*

Night Falls, Still Missing by Helen Callaghan is a book I was so eager to read, solely because of the author as I read one of her previous books, Dear Amy, before and enjoying it. I did leave this book a little while on my TBR pile before actually diving into it and finally reading it, which is something I am actually grateful for as I ended up completely forgetting what this book was abou
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To begin, I’d like to thank Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for sending me an ARC of this book, and to NetGalley for facilitating. And a thank you to Helen Callaghan for another thoroughly enjoyable read!

I read Dear Amy and Everything is Lies a while ago and loved loved them, so when I saw that Helen Callaghan had written another I was desperate to get my hands on it! And to my delight, I was sent an ARC to my Kindle! Again, as with the past 2 books, this couldn’t be more different to the previous
Helen French
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A compelling and eerie thriller about archaeology and friendship.

Fiona has had some odd messages from her friend Madison, begging her to come and visit her on an isolated island in Orkney where she's taking part in an archaeological dig. Though their friendship has had its moments over the years, Fiona knows Madison wouldn't ask unless she was needed. But when she gets there, Madison has disappeared. The rest of the archaeological team are vaguely sympathetic but not particularly helpful.

What if
Antonia Chitty
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was gripped from the start with Night Falls, Still Missing. Studious Fiona, a Cambridge professor of metalurgy, is on her way to the Orkney islands. Her chaotic friend Madison has called her asking for help - but she hasn't explained why. When Fiona arrives, Madison is missing.

Night Falls, Still Missing, follows Fiona as she meets charismatic Iris, sexy Jack, disgruntled Becky and cautious Callum, the rest of the team on the archeological dig where Mdison had been working. Add in Madison's st
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reliable Fiona and unpredictable Madison have been friends since childhood and whilst their relationship can be challenging they share a very close bond. When Madison pleads with Fiona to join her at an archaeological dig on Orkney she undertakes the long journey from Cambridge to join her. On arrival at the island there is no sign of Madison and the team of archaeologists she was working with have no idea where she has gone. Part of Fiona is furious with Madison, thinking she has gone off on a ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph UK for the arc of Night Falls, still missing by Helen Callaghan.

This follows an Archaeology lecturer whom is named Fiona and she travels to Orkney as she was responding to a cryptic call for help from, Madison whom is an old friend of hers and who is working on a dig there. It is led by a celebrity TV archaeologist Iris Barclay. When she gets there Madison is missing and nowhere to be found or even seen her cottage deserted with nothing to show b
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fiona goes to a remote island off of Scotland to meet up and help her friend Morgan. But when she gets there, Morgan has disappeared. Odd, since she had been texting up until a few hours prior. Fiona thinks she knows who is at fault. Fiona goes over the issues she had previously had with Morgan. Fiona starts investigating her friend's disappearance. While all this is going on, the reader is exposed to an archeological dig that has unearthed a Viking ship and burial spot. So while we are trying t ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Archaeologist professor Fiona travels to Orkney to visit her friend Madison, also an archaeologist. Madison is working on a dig on a tidal island. Their relationship has always been a little strange. Madison is not the easiest of people to get on with, but they have been best friends since childhood & Fiona feels she cannot refuse Madison's pleas for her to come. On arrival there is no sign of Madison. At first Fiona isn't worried- Madison's punctuality has never been great! But before long she ...more
Susan Hampson
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of those creepy gets under you skin reads. When Fiona travels from Cambridge to Orkney after receiving a phone call from her best friend Madison saying that she needs her, she isn’t there to meet her when she gets there. When Fiona makes her own way to the cottage where Maddison is supposed to be staying, no-one is there. Fiona is becoming pretty angry at this point. It is dark and cold then she finds the door is unlocked and goes in. Madison has been working on an archaeological dig ...more
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My name is Helen Callaghan and I write fiction whenever I am left unsupervised. I live in Cambridge amongst teetering piles of books.

My debut novel, Dear Amy (2016), and my other novels, Everything is Lies (2018) and Night Falls, Still Missing (2020), are published by Michael Joseph and available now.

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