Genre: Fiction
Published: 16 January 2014
Publisher: Quercus

The Missing One

by Lucy Atkins

How do you move on if the past won’t let you go?

The loss of her mother has left Kal McKenzie with too many unanswered questions. But while clearing out Elena’s art studio, Kal finds a drawer packed with postcards, each bearing an identical one-line message from a Canadian gallery owner called Susannah Gillespie. Who is this woman and what does she know about Elena’s past?

Desperate to know more, Kal travels with her toddler, Finn, to Susannah’s isolated home on a remote British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms. But as bad weather set in, Kal quickly realises she has made a big mistake. The handsome and enigmatic Susannah refuses to talk about the past, and as Kal struggles to piece together what happened between her mother and this woman back in the 1970s, Susannah’s behaviour grows more and more erratic. Most worrying of all, Susannah is becoming increasingly preoccupied with little Finn …

"Part mystery, part feminist tome, part story of parental love, part animal-rights narrative, THE MISSING ONE is like nothing I've read before . . . [a] poetic page turner" - The Plain Dealer
"A gripping page-turner." - The Sunday Times
"A moving and suspenseful tale of the secrets a family keeps." - Rachel Hore, author of THE SILENT TIDE
"This novel is brilliantly gripping." - Closer
"Beautifully written and compelling... a wonderful thriller that is also such a strong portrayal of motherhood" - Sabine Durrant, author of UNDER YOUR SKIN
"A page-turning and suspenseful tale... I read it in three sittings... a compelling emotional mystery." - Lucy Clarke, author of THE SEA SISTERS
"Lucy Atkins's engrossing debut immediately immerses the reader in intrigue." - Publishers Weekly
"All in all a wonderful tale, well told, one that may leave you slightly overwrought in the best way possible, and one that I would highly recommend for those who like family drama with a mystery and thriller element" - Liz Loves Books
"I would most definitely recommend this read to be on your wish list." - Sue and her Books

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