Reported Missing

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I am hesitant to leave a poor review, especially for an author's first book, but I do think I must at least be honest within this portal.
I found this to be hard work and I battled to the end, never really looking forward to picking it up. 
In fact I said to my partner after 25% "nothing has actually happened" and found myself skip reading through what seemed like unnecessary padding. It read like one of my own pieces at school when I had to submit a 5000 word esssay I could have easily got in to 1000 words. Over describing of emotions and poor development of characters is not what a reader expecting a gripping thriller would be expectant of. Finally it wasn't a thriller, no police procedural detail, very thin plot that was evident at 50% through. 
I am sure there is a market for this type of work but I don't think it is being aimed at the right reader who would be expecting the quality of Bookouture's other thriller writers such as Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell and Robert Bryndza. Sorry but 2 stars for me (only because I would feel awful giving one star).
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A northern seaside town, not the liveliest of places until a man disappears on the same day as a local teenager.  Immediately people start assuming the worst and a witch hunt begins.  Rebecca who has to bear the brunt of the ill will is shocked that her husband Chris could just walk out and leave her.  She doesn't handle the situation well, takes herself off to a ramshackle caravan and drinks far too much.  It was hard to feel much sympathy for her or the way she behaved.  The sort of person that you would say "get a grip" to.  It took me a long time to get into this book as it was a very slow burner and only really sprang to life after the half way mark.  It was an interesting idea with great descriptions of living in a caravan out of season - the lack of facilities, the cold, being almost the only resident.  A credible first book!
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So "Reported Missing" What did I think?
Well I would love to say that this bowled me over, but sadly I can't, It was an ok read and I did finish, but it was definitely a struggle to get to the end and I really did consider abandoning Reported Missing numerous times throughout.
So a brief run-through.
Our story centres around Rebecca Pendle (Bec) whose husband "Chris" has been missing for four months. Coincidently Schoolgirl "Kayleigh Jackson" is also missing and Rebecca faces a small town who believe the two events to be linked, as she tries to discover the truth about her husband's disappearance, secrets are revealed that lead to a totally different conclusion for all involved here.
So why didn't we gel?
Well, There were a few things going on here that grated on me the first being that I found Rebecca as a character a really annoying, abrasive, selfish and very whiny individual, I wanted to give her a huge kick up the backside and tell her to wake up and smell the coffee!!!
Now the way this story was told we were in Rebecca's head the entire book and that a real no no if you are not liking the person whose head you are in and I so wasn't liking Rebecca at all.
I was in a word really bored.
Bored with Rebecca's wanderings and pointless repetitive thoughts that seemed to lead nowhere, in particular, frankly, I was losing the will to live and I wanted out of her constricting narrow-minded headspace.
Now Look, I get it that her husband has walked leaving her floundering but it shows the mettle of this person in how she deals with this awful happening, Rebecca is still floundering in the pits of self-Pity four months later.
need I say more?
And also By the time we do get some answers for her I'd actually lost interest in the question and its reply, all that time we spent inside Bec's head I kept expecting something to happen, but no it's just more random wool gathering and self-pity, woe is me type stuff, and when we do get some actual closure I found it very anti-climatic indeed, it was like is that it?
I found this a very predictable read and you could kind of guess where it was going (and I was right)
There were some redeemable features to Reported Missing, and these did keep me persevering to the final curtain.
For one there were some great secondary character's, in particular, the friend Jeanie, I thought she was an unappreciated saint and Bec was very lucky to have her.
Also, Julie from the Caravan park, loved her, what a legend.
I also didn't like the lack of closure the whole experience gave me overall.
I found Reported missing very well written, it was just that the subject matter itself didn't grab me by the throat and I really failed to connect with the main character Rebecca.
Like massively!!!
This might have a totally different outcome for you.
I would like to Thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a free advanced readers copy of Reported Missing, this is my own honest unbiased opinion.

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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The synopsis of this book drew me in. Imagine if your husband went missing on exactly the same day as a teenage girl from the same town does. It is easy to see why the media and local people jump to the conclusion he must be involved in the girl's disappearance - this was thought provoking and heartbreaking in places. 

This is a well written thriller which starts off slowly with some intense moments throughout. It has a few twists and turns and I didn't expect the ending. Highly believable storyline. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more by this author. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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For the last four months Rebecca Pendle has been bearing the brunt of a whole town’s hate. Four months ago her husband went missing on the same day that 14 year old Kayleigh Jackson also went missing. Did he take her? Did they run away together? No one, least of all Rebecca has the answers that Kayleighs family and the rest of the town want.

Finding out that her husband Chris had lost his job but failed to tell her, instead leaving Rebecca to pack his lunch and say goodbye to him every morning has been a huge shock to her, but surely if Chris was a man that would abduct a teenager she would know. She would see something like that in his eyes?

The premise of this book completely drew me in. Rebeca, the main character for the most part I wanted to grab by the shoulders, shake and scream vigorously “Pull yourself together woman”. Rebecca decides to investigate things herself but can barely stay sober long enough to walk out of the caravan that she has taken up residence in.

While this was a fantastic story the ending was only half tied up for me. It still left a great many questions unanswered and that always leaves me with an uneasy feeling when I finish a book! 4.5 stars from me!
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This book moves way too slow!  I found myself not caring what happened to the husband and the teenager. Not to my liking at all.
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Thanks to Netgalley, Sarah Wray and publisher. For a first book, it wasn't bad, but I think the story was deceiving. I kept waiting for the husband to show back up, and the explanation at the end of his disappearance was so short. . The character  of Rebecca was so needy and desperate, that I wanted to slap her into this real world ! I think the only characters I liked were Julia and Jeanne. The teenagers were so mean and nasty, I wanted to best them senseless ! But maybe the author wanted her readers to feel emotions. She succeeded there.
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Fourteen-years-old  Kayleigh Jackson is missing. She goes out to visit her friends and never gets there. Very same day, a man disappears too. His wife, Rebecca Pendle, reports him missing. The two cases do not seem connected at first, but as the time goes by, rumour has it that Chris has something to do with Kayleigh’s disappearance. Everyone is looking for the missing girl, no one seems to care for the missing man.

The only person who believes in Chris’ innocence is his wife, Rebecca. She starts her own investigation. She is the only one who doesn’t believe in the rumours of her husband being a paedophile. People talk that there was pornography found on his computer, that he hung out with Kayleigh, that he kept her hostage somewhere. To find out what really happened and to clear her husband’s name, she has to find out what really happened four months ago.

But her investigation doesn’t come out as she planned. Kayleigh’s friends seem to hide something, they do not talk much, and someone is always following Rebecca. There are strange phone calls, things are moved in her house, things are missing from her mother’s room in the nursing home. Maybe there is a simple explanation for everything, or maybe Rebecca doesn’t want to see the truth.

Reported Missing is a beautifully written thrilling story. I like the way the story flows, the tension that rises on every other page.  I like the hints, the turnovers that the author includes in the main story, that makes you suspect in everyone and everything. I must say that the ending didn’t really leave me with my jaw dropped, but the storytelling made me wonder if Rebecca was following her gut or was wearing her pink glasses. Overall, it is a thrilling, nail-biting story definitely worth reading.
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Described as a ‘completely gripping, suspenseful thriller’ and suggested for fans of Louise Jensen, K.L. Slater and The Girl on The Train, one would expect a little more from this lukewarm book than it actually delivers.
Rebecca Pendle is hiding out in a caravan park from a town that has turned its back on her. Four months ago, her husband disappeared. You’d think she deserves a bit of sympathy, but teenager Kayleigh Jackson has also not been seen since that same day. For some reason, everyone, including the police (who inexplicably seem to have done minimal background research and called in very little support backup from surrounding areas) have branded Rebecca as the enemy.
I couldn’t force myself to like any of the characters. Rebecca is a weak, sad type, wallowing in her misery and in alcohol most of the time. When she does gather herself towards herself occasionally she makes strange, misunderstood attempts to approach random (horrible) teenagers, who all turn on her and bully her, increasing her sense of self-loathing and sending her back to her lonely caravan. Even the absent Chris and Kayleigh are not painted in a positive light, so you don’t feel much sympathy towards their situation (whatever that may be) either!
To its credit, Wray’s writing, although slow and slightly laboured at times, did keep me reading until the end. I wanted to see how things were going to turn out for the seemingly defeated Rebecca (I always have that little voice inside me shouting for the underdog, even if they aren’t shouting for themselves). Strangely, I was more interested in seeing how it all turned out for her than for the missing Chris and Kayleigh!
3 stars out of 5 for this one. Thanks to Bookouture and to Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.
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Reported missing is not what I would classify as a psychological thriller but is definately worth a read.
Rebecca is married to Chris and believes they are happy until Chris disappears one day but also Kayleigh a 14 year old girl from the same town goes missing. Is it just a coincidence or has Chris ran off with this young girl. The story is told from Rebecca's point of view, the beginning is slow and I didn't feel it was getting anywhere at the same time I couldn't really identify with Rebecca and feel the start of this story doesn't match the rest of the book. As I got into the story I began to sympathise with Rebecca and understand her actions and loved her bond with her mum. The story was a cliff hanger which although annoying!! I completely get why! I was waiting g for a twist in the story but there really wasn't one but it did not deter my enjoyment at all. I would definately read more by Sarah Wray in the future.
I would like to thank netgalley and bookouture for this ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
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I was interested in reading this book because of the premise. I was intrigued by the idea of the missing girl and the man who disappeared on the same day. I was curious to know whether this was just a coincidence or did Chris really take the girl.

This book wasn’t for me because of the pacing. The story starts out slow and ends up staying that way to the last page. It mainly focuses on Rebecca’s life after Chris went missing. At first, it shows her despair although after a while, she decides to investigate and find out what happened to Chris. I thought the investigation would help move things along but it didn’t. The only reason why I kept reading the book to the last page was because I was curious about what happened to Chris and Kayleigh.

I think this book will appeal to readers who enjoy slow paced, character-driven mysteries. However, check out other reviews especially on goodreads before deciding whether or not to read this book.
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This one had too much of a slow burn for me. Solid writing. It just needed faster pacing.
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Overall, I liked this book. Not a bad mystery. I felt bad for the girl but at the same time, I was suspicious of her. There were a few things I was meh about...especially the ending...but it was good. Here is the link for Blodeuedd's and my discussion:
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I really enjoyed this book. I didn't find it as suspenseful as I thought it would be, but I definitely needed to keep reading to find out what happened with Chris and Kayleigh. Unfortunately in the end we still don't know what really happened to Chris, other than being left with the impression that he took off, but knowing that he didn't do what he was suspected of in regards to Kayleigh's disappearance was good. I would definitely read something else by this author.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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This book made me so mad! Why were everyone so mean! Poor Rebecka! It was not her fault her husband had done what he had...or had he done anything at all?

That is what I was wondering this whole book. Maybe he had been killed. Maybe he had just left. Maybe he had taken that girl. 

And as for Kayleigh. Maybe someone had taken her. Maybe she had run away. Maybe someone had killed her. Maybe he had taken her, maybe they left together.

Left back home is Rebecka. Kids throw things at her. People whisper behind her back. Like it was her fault. Like she knew. All she wanted was the truth and as she had arisen from her drunken stupor she tries to find out what her husband was really about.

And I kept on guessing. It was just too hard to tell to be honest. I wanted to believe the best of him, but as she started to falter so did I.

Good book. And to be honest, yes it shows it is British. It is just something in the tone of it
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Four months ago a young girl went missing and on the same day Rebecca Pendle's husband Chris disappeared too.  Ever since the two disappearances have been linked in the press and by the people in the town.  The suspicions are that Chris either did some harm to Kayleigh or they both went away together.  The book deals mainly with how Rebecca is coping with Chris' disappearance and her attempts to find out where and why he has gone and whether there was any connection between him and Kayleigh.  Although this was a good story I felt it was a bit slow at times and I struggled to like Rebecca.

Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and Sarah Wray for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Reported Missing follows the downward spiral of a wife tormented by a town that suspects a connection between the disappearance of her husband and that of a 14-year-old girl. Left with only a grainy CCTV image, Rebecca drowns herself in alcohol and desperation as she searches for the truth. 
The pace of Reported Missing seems slow at times, but it is set in relationship to the main character's realization that life with her husband wasn't as it seemed. It is because of this that you get a true sense of Rebecca's anguish.  
She puts herself in dangerous situations and lashes out at those around her, offering a less often exposed look at the relationship between adult daughters and their aging mothers. 
This story also offers a character diversity that I enjoyed, but I was less enthused about the protagonist being a heavy drinking female, and thus a less than reliable narrator because that has become a common trope in thrillers recently. 
I also like that this story addresses how public opinion and social media influences what we view as truth. 
Reported Missing is a modern and well-written debut that leaves me looking forward to more from author Sarah Wray. 

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I would like to thank Bookouture for allowing me to review this book.
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I would like to thank Bookouture and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘Reported Missing’ a debut novel by Sarah Wray in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Rebecca believes she and husband Chris have a happy marriage but Chris suddenly disappears on the same day as fourteen-year-old Kayleigh.  Have they disappeared together or are their disappearances just a coincidence?  Rebecca goes around their home town of Shawmouth asking questions and stirring up bad feeling but will she ever discover the truth?
‘Reported Missing’ is a slow starter with little action initially, but as I read more of the story it got under my skin and I found myself getting involved and wanting to know answers.  It’s well-written and has an ending I didn’t expect.  Well worth reading!
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A good thriller that has a good twist
 Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.
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One could argue that the real victim in this scenario is Rebecca. She has committed no crime other than being married to a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage girl. There is no concrete proof other than the fact that both Chris and young Kayleigh vanished on the same day. Does a simple coincidence have more sinister connotations or has Chris been leading a double-life?

The public believes Rebecca has been harbouring a deviant and they also think she supports him. The fact that she is searching for him seems to imply a sort of complicity. Her actions would be perceived as those of a caring and worried wife under other circumstances.

Rebecca starts to admit to herself, as the story progresses, that perhaps her life with Chris wasn’t so picture perfect. She has a selective memory, which is probably why she finds it hard to accept the reality of his betrayal.

As I mentioned before, I think Rebecca is the real victim. She is completely vilified by nearly everyone she encounters, especially a certain group of youngsters. Her life has disintegrated into a fog of sleeping pills and alcohol. Her husband is presumed guilty just based on circumstantial evidence and a heck of a lot of rumours.

Wray has written a cracking read, there is no doubt about that, but I believe she deserves a kudos for perhaps unintentionally calling out the media and society for pointing fingers without proof. For showing the negative aspects of social and mass media where fake news and false rumours are prevalent and reputations are destroyed in the blink of an eye, and the actual truth has become almost inconsequential to the majority of people.
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