Gone Missing: A gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked

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As she reached the park, she heard a baby crying. She stopped. She couldn’t see anybody around. “Hello?” She raised her voice an octave. “Anybody there?”

Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound.

Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own.

Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her…

Can Justin find her before it’s too late?

A gripping and breath-taking thriller you won’t be able to put down. Perfect for fans of John Sandford, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

Read what everyone’s saying about Gone Missing: 

Oh my word I honestly can't remember the last time a book made me feel so emotional. Well this book made me laugh one minute and bawl my eyes out the next. It was absolutely brilliant. Right from the first page I was glued to it and just didn't want to put it down. Sandy Taylor is one amazing writer and the way she writes and describes the character really pulls you into the story. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is simply amazing.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘This is one of the most endearing, yet heart-breaking, novels that I have encountered in quite some time and will certainly not soon forget. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, you'll want to keep the box of tissues nearby! FIVE stars.’ Kimberly’s Bookshelf

Brilliant! Love this author and was excited to read this. Another heartfelt story of a family's determination through the war, I devoured this in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I absolutely loved The Runaway Children by Sandy Taylor. It was a charming book with wonderful characters. Two sisters were evacuated from London in 1942 to the Welsh countryside… The story is very emotional and uplifting. This is the first book from this author that I have read and I will certainly be reading more of her work. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The Runaway Children is a book that readers will treasure. It’s one of those reads that is timeless and will be enjoyed for many years to come. Mesmerizing, beautiful, sweet, funny, I just adored The Runaway Children and feel bereft at having now finished it. Without a doubt this is one book I could read again and again and I know I will love it even more than the last time I read it. Simply wonderful!’ By the Letter Book reviews, 5 stars

I absolutely adore this author. She has a way of transporting you to the world of her stories and the lives of her characters - books like hers are why I read. This was a beautiful book – And this tale - wow! I was invested in the lives of the characters, I lived out their dramas and came away changed… This is a stunningly written masterpiece of a book that I will be thinking of for a long time. Loved it. Highly recommend it to everyone.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

‘This book is filled with humour, sadness, triumph and love. An entrancing story set against the backdrop of World War II.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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Published on
Nov 16, 2017
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Pages
386
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ISBN
9781786812797
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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