Cover Image: Reported Missing

Reported Missing

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Oooooooh!  I love when a debut novel just wraps its icy hooks around you and chills you to the core! That is exactly what Sarah Wray’s Reported Missing did to me – I am only sorry I waited so long to pick this beauty up!

Set in the seaside town of Shawmouth, the reader is instantly faced with sadness, fear, loss, misplaced guilt,  mistrust, hope, terror & torment, a search for the truth that has you questioning everything you thought you knew.

Told in the first person POV, this story had me breathless – there was an intensity in the plot that just kept me wanting to know more.  This is not a fast-paced read, it can’t be- it shouldn’t be- because the reader is taken on a journey with the main character in her search for answers.  I was hooked from the start and immediately knew that I, like Becca, had unanswered questions that I needed to find the truth to as well!  What I learned shocked me and made this book memorable!

Characterisation was a strength in this novel and something that really pulls me into a book. There were a lot of characters to keep this storyline tight and unwavering.  Becca (Rebecca) Pendle is the main character – we are told the story through her eyes. Becca is broken; tormented by those in her small hometown, she questions everything she once believed to be true.  It was almost tragic and I really felt for her. We feel her thoughts, emotions and actions as if we are right there with her. Becca had a determination and courage that made me urge her to succeed in her search for the truth.

I loved her friend Jeannie.  Wanting to help her friend but also wanting to encourage her to face the fact that sometimes the truth hurts – even when we can never be sure of what that truth is.  Paige and Kat were another two that dominated (in a good way) this story.  I was constantly torn between feeling sorry for them – two young girls whose friend has gone missing on the one hand but also Paige being a right gobby cow! I actually wanted to smack her a few times! 

Becca’s husband is a mystery.  As the story develops, we learn bits and pieces about him – but if I am honest, I think I would have liked to have known more!  What makes a man leave his wife, no calls….no note…and on the same day a 14 year old girl goes missing! And Kayleigh…where does she fit into all of this? What is her story?  Like Becca, I was going crazy trying to figure it all out!  This novel really brought to the forefront that sometimes we tarnish people as guilty and expect them to prove their innocence!

Do I recommend this book?  Hell Yeah, I do!  This was a well crafted read and I was amazed it was a debut novel!  It has an intensity to it, beautifully written and something that is totally believable!  If you like atmospheric reads, with mystery, suspense, allure and a twist that will surprise you – this book is definitely one you will want to add to your TBR!
Was this review helpful?
Rebecca’s world is rocked when her husband goes missing on the exact day a fourteen-year-old girl cannot be found. Coincidence? Rebecca desperately would like to think so. As the police begin an investigation and as the people she knows begins to turn against her, Rebecca digs into her husband’s world to try and find the truth. Did Rebecca truly know the man she loved? 

Reported Missing, the newest Bookouture thriller by Sarah Wray, had an amazing premise. A husband going missing at the same time as a young girl; I was catapulted right into the story and instantly began to come up with several of my own theories. I love when a book does that! This one sort of reminded me of Gone Without A Trace by Mary Tourjussen; it had a similar vibe. 

Rebecca was a very likeable character. Wray brilliantly captures Rebecca’s desperation as she pleads with police and her shame as her friends and family turn against her. I went back and forth with my feelings about her; I pitied her, I felt sad for her. Wray knows how to pull on her reader’s emotions. 

Although I loved the central character and the general premise, I found this one had incredibly slow pacing. I found this one to be more of a slow burning read without many twists or turns. In fact, this one is pretty straightforward. Not a whole heck of a lot happens outside of the “did he or didn’t he” sort of storyline. This absolutely works, but I was hoping for a little bit more. 

Overall, I feel like this is a well-written read would appeal to fans of slower moving thrillers where the characters are central.
Was this review helpful?
This book is just too much of a slow starter for me, it was a bit of a chore getting through it. You got little snippets of a twist then it didnt kick in until well over half way through. The character understandably is in a depressive state after her husband leaving but it honestly got boring. She drinks, gets tormented by local kids, her best friend trys to help her is the recurring theme throughout. You didnt even really find out where her husband went to in the end. There are just too many decent thrillers on the market for this to compete.
Was this review helpful?
This is Rebecca’s heartrending story of wifely loyalty and the conviction that her husband Chris could never have abducted or harmed 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson who has disappeared. The evidence certainly points to him though; both he and Kayleigh disappeared on the same day, lived in the same town and some other witness evidence points to the fact that he may be guilty. 
Rebecca decides to carry out her own investigations and unwittingly takes a very dangerous path that could lead her into grave danger. Her friends slowly drift away, unable to talk and reason with her, just one friend remaining supportive and loyal. She moves to a secret location in an attempt to remain anonymous and avoid confrontation. She is desperate to uncover the truth and is hoping against hope that she will be able to prove her husband’s innocence and that life will then go on as it was always meant to be. She is at her wits end and is not looking after herself properly, her health both physical and mental becoming a worry.
Very gradually she sinks lower and lower. The shady company she seeks out in her search for the truth looks more and more threatening but she cannot keep away. Her instinct tells her to continue her search even though her body is weary and she is unwell. Public opinion escalates in hatred for her and her husband and she feels unwelcome and conspicuous wherever she goes. Then she discovers that Chris has been keeping secrets and telling lies to her. She can scarcely believe what she knows must be true. She is at her lowest ever, feeling excluded, paranoid, threatened and weary. Still she continues on her mission.
“Reported Missing” is Sarah Wray’s promising debut novel. It is well written with lots of interesting and diverse characters, some of them real lowlifes. I felt great sympathy for Rebecca because she was innocent of any crimes yet was vilified. Her life was turned upside down yet she still believed in her husband and devoted herself to proving his innocence. The novel started very slowly and for the first third of the novel I wondered whether to keep reading on, but gradually the pace picked up and the story intrigued me enough to keep reading on. The story was quite cleverly plotted and tense but the twist at the end was improbable and there were some loose ends that I would have liked neatly tied up and explained.  I would like to thank NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for my copy of this novel, sent to me in return for an honest review. I would certainly read a second novel by this author.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Rebecca is a hot mess because four months ago her husband went missing and the same day he disappeared so did Kayleigh Jackson. Since that happened everyone has linked the two together and she knows unable to face all the attacks. She has abandoned her house in favor of living in the caravan, and her drinking is out of control.

Rebecca struggles to come to terms with the man she thought she knew and all the allegations against him. Not long after he went missing she found out he lost his job, and he wiped out all of their money. Everyone acts as if she is just as bad as him, she has lost nearly everything, but in moments of sobriety, she decides that she needs to know what happened. 

I am not sure how I felt through this book, and I can't say too much without spoilers, but on the one hand, I felt it was horrible how everyone treated her, and I could see that the doubts were eating her alive. She wasn't always likable, but the situation was definitely realistic. 


I can't say I didn't see the end coming I suspected it heavily but I wasn't actually positive until I read it. Overall a quick gripping read from a totally different perspective than normal.
Was this review helpful?
The premise of Reported Missing totally drew me in, imagine your spouse goes missing on the exact same day that a teenaged girl does. The media jumps to the obvious conclusion that Rebecca’s husband was involved in Kayleigh’s disappearance, and at first glance, it’s easy to see why. But things aren’t always as they seem and Wray takes the reader on a complicated path full of secrets and misdirection. 

The pacing of this book starts out slow, which I know can be frustrating for some people, but it worked well for me here. The slow and steady pacing made the book  more thought provoking and the second half did speed up a bit. This is very character driven, the author spends a lot of time showing how Rebecca’s life has changed since Chris vanished. She is such a mess and it was simultaneously heartbreaking and fascinating watching her unravel. Her out of control paranoia and fear caused me to experience the same feelings which is always a good sign to me!

Reported Missing was a different type of thriller, it was smart and well thought out and it didn’t rely on crazy, far fetched plot twists though it did have some surprises. It had solid writing, an interesting premise and an unexpected ending, overall an engrossing read.
Was this review helpful?
What happens when your husband goes missing the dame day a young teenage girl disappears? Rebecca is going to find out and it’s going to be a very unpleasant experience. Nobody believes Rebecca’s husband is innocent and after a while she starts to doubt him herself. When she starts to unravel the mystery around the 14 year old missing girl, she endangers not only herself but two more young girls. When her husbands name is cleared, Rebecca still doesn’t know for sure what happened to him. But every thing she finds out about his life, things he kept hidden from her, makes her understand that he might never come back. I liked the book, it shows very clearly, that it’s easy to assume the worst of people you now. Why wasn’t there anybody helping Rebecca, trying to make things a little bit easier for her. Even if it was hinted what really happened to Chris, it was some sort of open end. And I don’t like open endings. So, this and the somewhat slow pace made it difficult for me to give more then three stars, even if it was an interesting read. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture!
Was this review helpful?
A very dark slow burner of a story.  A missing teenager and a husband who goes missing on the same day.  Assumptions made and the brunt of the horror is Chris's wife left alone.  I found the book slow but definitely wanted to finish to find out what had happened.  I really admire the writing skills of Sarah Wray to set the scene.  It was so dark and eery and you could imagine the neglected, out of season seaside town that Starbucks hasn't found yet!  A quicker pace at the end with a good conclusion.
Was this review helpful?
I apologize but I did not have time to read this book before the publication date.  No review
Was this review helpful?
An interesting premise that didn't completely work for me but still kept my attention. I found it to be a little too slow-moving for my liking. It's a debut for the author, and I do think the writing is solid, just lacking the action I expected from reading the synopsis. I'm looking forward to seeing what else she comes up with. It's as much about Rebecca's breakdown as it is about her missing husband. 

Rebecca's husband is gone. He's been missing for months with no signs of life or evidence as to where he's gone. She's wrecked... unable to stay in their house, not working, drinking way too much. She spends most of her time in the caravan she's renting, sleeping or drinking. Occasionally she goes to a bar called Barnacles, which I thought was a fitting name considering how utterly stuck in life she is. 

She still has a friend on her side, but that's about it. The town is against her. You see, her husband disappeared on the very same day a teenage girl went missing. Disappearances around there just aren't that common, and everyone thinks they're linked. The missing girl is only fourteen years old. Everyone thinks Chris has either run off with her or kidnapped her, making him a pedophile. Rebecca's place is vandalized and she's followed and threatened. She starts to get strange phone calls where no one speaks, just breathes. Is it Chris?

She never suspected her husband might have liked little girls, and never thought he would run away from her and their home. Ostracized by the town, questioned by the police and even questioning herself, she's sunk into a deep depression. Will she ever be able to find out the truth and claw herself out?

I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
Was this review helpful?
Rebecca (Becky) Pendle’s husband, Chris Harding, disappeared on the same day, July 17, that Kayleigh Jackson, age 14, went missing.  Neither of them has been found.  People believe that he abducted her.  

Now, several months later, Becky is a nervous wreck.  She found she can no longer stay in their home as the press is always hounding her.  So, she rents a caravan near the beach.  She spends her days sleeping too much, drinking too much, and wandering around looking for Chris.  Her mother is in a nursing home as she has dementia.  Her father has passed away.  Her in-laws live some distance away and are beside themselves about the allegations against Chris.  She has made friends with a woman who owns a bar and who tries to encourage her to eat.  Becky’s good friend tries to help her too.  But, Becky is in a world of her own and just moves from day to day.  

Many people recognize her and start to harass her about Chris and call him a pedophile. A lot of these people are teenagers who were friends of Kayleigh’s.  Becky tries to talk to them to try to find out what could have happened because she believes her husband could never be capable of abducting her.  The police are also continuing to question her.  Her money is running low and when she checks further, she realizes that Chris took almost all of their money when he left.  She also learned that he had been fired from his job shortly before he left and had pretended to Becky that he was going to work each day.  Slowly, her belief in her husband starts to fade.

They story continues at a fairly slow pace as bit by bit we learn more about Kayleigh and about Chris.  Could it be true?  

This is a good book that certainly keeps the reader’s interest all the way up to the conclusion.  I cannot give away much more due to spoilers.  I will say that as this is the author’s debut novel, she will certainly be one to watch in the future.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Was this review helpful?
I absolutely loved the concept of this book and couldn’t wait to dive in! I thought the story was a real slow burner and consisted of Rebecca moping around, drinking in her caravan and isolating herself from those who cared and wanted to help her. I really pitied Rebecca, the treatment and abuse she received from something her husband was being accused of was dreadful, I wouldn’t wish that on anybody! It was a shame how she had so much faith in Chris not to have done anything and after hearing what everybody was saying about him, she even started to question and doubt him herself.

The mystery of what had happened to Chris and Kayleigh and whether their disappearances were connected really compelled me to continue reading this book! I truly didn’t know what to believe the whole time reading, I was so suspicious of the school girls and the men from the takeaway but the biggest for me was, of course, Chris!

It’s amazing to see how vile and calculating young school girls can be and how their mistreating of a fully grown adult didn’t faze them at all. I really loved how this book was written however I think for a few chapters to have been in the perspective of other characters would have been rather interesting, especially Chris!! Because I wanted to know what was going on with him soooo badly – where the hell was he and what had he done?!
Was this review helpful?
There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, other is to refuse to believe what is true
The book starts with these beautiful lines, which immediately made me feel I am in for a thrilling ride, with mysteries untold and secrets unsaid. 
Rebecca's husband, Chris is missing since the past four months, 112days and so is a teenager Kayleigh from the town of Shawmouth. Both disappeared on the same day, at the same time... Together?? 
The dirty insinuations by the people and the police investigation in that direction, the shock of her husband running away with a girl not even fifteen, caused Rebecca to have a nervous breakdown and she spent the first month in a daze, under medication, in bed. To escape the violence against her, she moves out of her house, rents a caravan and slowly after four months, starts her own investigation. Her search for the truth leads to shady localities, unsavoury characters, nasty school kids and the dark underbelly of the town. 
Sarah Wray has written the book in good English, with minimum swear words. There are unexpected happenings leading to shocking endings. Her flow of the story is a little different than what a normal psychological thriller ought to be. 
There are sporadic moments in the book which are sensitive, Rebecca's visits to her mother who is at a care facility, her persistence inspite of opposition, her belief in her husband, her intentions are appreciated. Rebecca's investigative methods are different but they lead to results at the end of the book, barring a few details which are not explained.  
There are few niggles I have to mention here
If the author's intention was for me to get irritated, yes she succeeded. If she wanted me to read the book real fast, without enjoying, yes she succeeded... 
Rebecca just drinks and drinks and drinks and then wonders why she gets irritated fast and why her reactions are slow.. I just have one thing to say to that..  duh  
Just keeping a watch on a shady pizza place and needling school girls and then, coming back to drink is not investigation. 
A thirty five year old woman, getting bullied by a bunch of fourteen year old school kids and then hiding in her caravan is not investigation... Grow a backbone, woman... 
I wonder what genre this book aims for, its just blehhh. In 60% of the book, Rebecca has gone nowhere. She manages to irritate all her friends, become paranoid, lose her job, owe a huge credit card debt (her husband has a gambling debt), and yet have money to DRINK. 
Can I emphasize on drink more???? 
How is this a psychological thriller, it just ended up killing my thrill psyche and I couldn't read this book fast enough for all the wrong reasons. 
I agree that what happened to Rebecca was horrible, she was collateral damage in a deed which had nothing to do with her and anyone in her position would lose hope and drink but this is fiction not a true incident book. There has got to be a strength in the main character. Pulling herself out of a difficult situation and turning her life around, thereby clearing her husband's name would have made this book a better reading. 
If the author Sarah Wray has wanted to show the rising of the Phoenix, with the main character, then she has not done it, at least not with this book. This psychological thriller does not thrill only kills my brain cells.
Was this review helpful?
Another Bookouture thriller release. REPORTED MISSING by Sarah Wray was one that had my interest after reading the description. Two disappearances - a man and a teenage girl - are they connected? Was she kidnapped? I always love these kinds of thrillers, they usually have a more life like feel. 

A few months ago, Rebecca's husband, Chris, disappeared. At the same time 13 year old Kayleigh also disappeared. Talk about an incredible coincidence? Well, the police and the small town don't seem to think so. As more parallels between Chris and Kayleigh are discovered, Rebecca is determined to uncover the truth. 

This had a solid story and plot line to it. Sarah Wray has a great writing style and I really enjoyed it - a great debut That being said, I felt like the story really dragged in parts. It is a very character driven novel - so there's a lot of focus on Rebecca. Don't get me wrong, that's not a bad thing, just not what I was expecting from a thriller. 

I loved the writing and the plot, if the pace was a little faster then I would have enjoyed it a lot more!

I give this one 3.5/5 stars!

Big thanks to Bookouture for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!
Was this review helpful?
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. - Søren Kierkegaard

Up front let me tell you that you'd better be in the right mood to read this book. It's a bit longer than normal and is, for the most part, downright dreary and depressing. The writing is excellent thus the four star rating but I felt like going on a bender after finishing this book and I haven't drank since 1981.

Rebecca Pendle and Chris Harding are married. They left the bustling lifestyle of London two years ago to move to the very small town of Shawmouth, England to be near to Rebecca's mother who has dementia. Rebecca thought everything was just fine in their marriage but woke up four months ago and her husband has gone missing. That is bad enough but a 14 year-old girl disappears at the same time and rumors start immediately. Rebecca doesn't want to believe Chris could be involved but as time passes she drinks more and more and is less sure of his innocence.

I didn't like Rebecca's character but who knows how one would act in the same situation. There was really only one character I did like in the whole story - the owner of the little bar Rebecca goes to that also owns the caravan (trailer) park Rebecca moved into.

So if you're in the mood to be depressed, this one will get you there quickly. I'd like to read another book by this author one of these days (this is her first novel) that is on the lighter side because she really is a talented writer.

I received this book from Bookouture through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview Reported Missing.  Unfortunately, I could not finish this book.  I could not enage with the characters or the writing.  I got confused in the beginning - not my cup of tea.
Was this review helpful?
Ever since I first saw that cover and read the blurb I have been looking forward to pick up Reported Missing. I'm a sucker for a good psychological thriller and this story had all the signs of being another winner. Unfortunately I ended up having a completely different reading experience. This is going to be a though review to write... I'm still surprised to say this myself, but this is the first Bookouture thriller ever that actually ended up disappointing me. It's such a shame, because I do feel the concept itself has a lot of potential. Reported Missing is ment to be more of a character driven story than a fast-paced thriller, something that can go both ways with me because the main character has to be very strong to keep me interested. And this was exactly one of my problems: I was never able to connect to the main character and I actually found her mostly dull and annoying even. Her reaction to her husband going missing under suspicious circumstances and the aftermatch is understandable in a way, but unfortunately actually reading about it didn't seem to do the trick for me. Instead of a fascinating characterization with mental health/illness elements and a dose of suspense, I found myself rather struggling to keep interest in Reported Missing. The pace is considerably slow and basically nothing much is happening during the story. Part of this can be explained by the fact that Reported Missing is mostly focused on the character development, but this doesn't take away that I really struggled to keep focused and continue reading. Things did improve slightly in the second half, making things a little more interesting, but overall I don't think I would have reached that part in the first place if it would have been an ARC. Because unfortunately the urge to DNF was real... All in all not the thrilling experience I was expecting.
Was this review helpful?
I struggled a lot with this book. 4 months before the start of the book, Rebecca’s husband disappeared the same day as a 14 year-old school girl. The small town they all live in makes the connection and assumes their disappearances are related. So much of the book is spent on Rebecca getting drunk, chasing ghosts, and alienating those around her. I would have preferred a story more centered on solving the mysteries but I don’t think that was Ms. Wray’s intention. She wanted us to follow Rebecca through her self-destruction and return from the brink. Sadly, for me, this didn’t lend itself well to a suspenseful read.
Was this review helpful?
This book had so much potential. The premise sounded promising and I thought the subject was very topical. That being said the only thing that kept me reading this book was to see what happened to the two missing characters. I had a theory, based on events that happened in the book, but I was wrong. I think my ending may have been more satisfying, I don't know. 
The first problem of the book for me was the main character Rebecca. She is just so pitiful for so long that it's hard to get to know or like her. And my gosh this woman must look a mess with how many times she falls, scrapes, gets hit in the book. Someone buy her some band-aids!! I got sick of her pity party and wish she had gotten stronger much earlier in the book. 
My second problem in the book was the addition of certain events and scenes that seemed confusing and unnecessary at times. Her best friends birthday for instance. I am pretty sure that if we cut that scene out of the book we wouldn't lose much of the story. 
And of course the ending. The reason we all read. To get to the end of a book and wish there were just 10 more pages so we could just keep on reading. Putting that book aside and feeling satisfied with what a tale you have read. It almost felt as if the writer stopped caring about the book as well. Sorry Ms. Wray, but this one just didn't do it for me.
Was this review helpful?
Fourteen-year old Kayleigh Jackson disappeared four months ago from a sleepy sea-side town. No sightings, and no trace. Rebecca Pendle’s husband, Chris, was last seen on the same day as Kayleigh, but she can’t bring herself to believe that the two are linked. As far as the rest of the town is concerned, it’s no coincidence. His absence is all the proof they need, and apart from a handful of friends, Rebecca is shunned by the town. Her efforts to find Chris, to separate his disappearance from Kayleigh’s, make Rebecca a target for disgruntled locals. Her unshakable belief in Chris’s innocence drives her to uncover the truth, but as the layers of small-town-life are peeled back, she’s forced to confront the possibility that she may not know the man she married as well as she thinks. As if that’s not enough to contend with, there are those who would rather she stopped asking questions, and some who are willing to take steps to make that happen.

The small town setting makes for an intriguing paradox. It’s interesting to see how many secrets exist in an insular community where everyone wants to know your business, and the consequences of them unravelling. Rebecca’s world is smaller still, and the claustrophobic feel to her point of view, combined with her self-imposed exile from her old life, adds a sense of building pressure, as Rebecca edges closer to answers that she’s no longer as certain she wants to know. But she, and we, are compelled to chase after them, right to the last page. Impressive debut novel, and will be intrigued to see what Sarah Wray writes next.
Was this review helpful?