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?
The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh is published in hardback by Century on 21 April 2016, and is the new high-concept novel from the author of Falling and Hidden, a gripping psychological thriller by former police psychologist, Emma Kavanagh.
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Meanwhile, Leah's brother, DS Finn Hale is responding to a report that a body has been found,
dumped alongside a narrow road.
Two seemingly separate, unconnected cases and the murder takes precedence, especially Selena Cole returns home after twenty hours of absence, she appears unharmed but disorientated. As far the the Police chiefs are concerned, the case is closed and Leah must join her brother to investigate what is now a murder case.
Emma Kavanagh is a very gifted writer, her eye for detail and her impeccably created characters make The Missing Hours an absolute joy to read. As the two cases merge into one, the murky and mysterious world of Kidnap and Ransom is exposed to the reader. For me, this was a complete revelation. Yes, I know that there are many kidnaps around the world, especially in South America, but I had no idea that there were professional people who made a living from negotiating with kidnappers and arranging ransom payments.
Selena Cole and her late husband Ed ran a successful business. They responded to kidnap demands all over the world, liaising with organisations and insurance companies to ensure that hostages were released unharmed. Leah and Finn soon fit together the intricate pieces in these two cases that link them together, and Emma Kavanagh creates suspense and tension along the way.
I had no idea what the outcome would be, which is always a huge bonus in a thriller, and the final chapters made my mouth dry and my heart pound.
The Missing Hours is exceptionally detailed, intriguing and unusual. I was hooked from the very first chapter. An outstanding story with superb characters and an exciting plot.
Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales.
After graduating with a PhD in psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe.
She lives in South Wales with her husband and young sons.
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