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Review by Suze
Selena has disappeared and her two girls have been left behind. Twenty hours later she returns, seemingly all right, but without any recollection of what happened to her. Leah is the DC who's working on the case. At the same time the body of a lawyer named Dominic is being found and it's clear that he's been murdered. Finn is also a DC and he works together with Leah, who is his sister. They have two strange and very different problems and together they have to find out what happened. Will the siblings be able to solve both of their mysterious cases?
Selena is a kidnapping expert who has lost her husband while they were working abroad. There are files of their cases in the story, which is a great way of showing the readers information about their work, so it becomes more real. The company has amazing negotiation skills and the work is both dangerous and rewarding. Selena has taken a step back after her husband died and now her sister and brother-in-law are running the business. It was obvious from the start that not everything was as it seemed and I was curious to find out more about this unusual family.
At first I had no idea where the story was going and there were a lot of pieces of the puzzle that didn't really fit together. Slowly things become more clear and I enjoyed finding out clues together with Leah and Finn. They're dedicated and loyal and I liked that a lot. The writing is a bit fragmented which suits the story, because the cases are like that for Leah and Finn. It made the story feel more realistic and genuine for me.
Emma Kavanagh always knows the topics she writes about through and through. That knowledge is such a good base for her stories. When you choose to read one of her books you know it will have a solid foundation. The Missing Hours is a strong, gripping and surprising story. There are many unexpected twists and turns and the ending is amazing. I loved reading this fabulous page-turner.