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The Missing Hours

Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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"Murderers are rarely who you imagine them to be...."

One moment, Selena Cole is at the playground with her children...the next, she has vanished without a trace. The body of Dominic Newell, a well-respected lawyer, is found on a remote mountain road, blood oozing from the stab wound in his neck. 

In the sleepy borderland between England and Wales, sheep outnumber people and serious crimes are rare. Which makes this Tuesday morning, with two calls coming in to the local police station, even more remarkable. Detective Constable Leah Mackay and her brother, Detective Sergeant Finn Hale, begin their respective investigations, but soon find them inextricably linked.

And when Selena is found alive and unhurt 20 hours later, the mystery deepens. Selena's work consulting on kidnap and ransom cases has brought her into close contact with ruthless criminals and international drug lords. But now, as Selena walks back into her life wearing a blood-spattered sweater, claiming no memory of the preceding hours, Leah can't be sure if she is a victim, a liar, or a murder suspect. 

Leah and Finn delve into each case, untangling the secrets and betrayals - large and small - that can lie just beneath the surface of a life, yet unprepared for where both trails will lead. 

With engrossing characters, devilish twists, and evocative prose, The Missing Hours is that rare pause-resister - as satisfying and complex as it is unpredictable.

©2018 Emma Kavanagh (P)2016 W.F. Howes

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Ok book, ending was predictable

I liked this book for the most part. It was interesting and kept me listening. But it was so obvious by 1/2 way in what the mystery was and I kept thinking there would be a twist but there wasn't. And even the whodunit part was a resolution that I wasn't thrilled with. That being said but I would listen to another book by the author. I don't want to give anything away but I liked the accountings of the business that was woven in. Being in the insurance business I found this very interesting and relatable. I have had to handle a few of these types of claims myself and I found it accurate as far as that part goes. The narration was really good too.

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Intriguing story

I was right there on the edge of my seat until....
Well I am a licensed chemical dependency counselor and an addict/alcoholic in long term recovery.... I was appalled at the ending!!! What?! The terminology once an alcoholic or addict always an addict or alcoholic was taken completely out of context. Yes it’s true that they cannot use or drink safely again but it Does Not mean that they are DESTINED to! There are people out here in the real world that have over forty years sobriety! Research Research Research before you write!!!! This was a really well performed book and was very interesting until that trashed ending. Now had you simply had her in recovery( needed to do some research on what recovery really entails) and had her suddenly find that she had her heart broken etc... and a relapse then okay. Geez

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