The Missing One by Lucy Atkins

The Missing One

Published by Quercus, 2014

”A gripping page-turner’

The Sunday Times


Kal’s mother, Elena, an American artist, always refused to talk about the past. When she dies Kal is distraught: what happened to her mother all those years ago? Why was she so closed and secretive?

Kal tracks down Susannah Gillespie, Elena’s old friend who runs a gallery on a tiny British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms. Desperate for answers, she takes her toddler, Finn, and gets on a plane.

As a winter weather front shuts down Susannah’s island, Kal struggles to piece together what happened between the two women back in the 1970s.

The powerful and enigmatic Susannah, meanwhile, is becoming worryingly preoccupied with little Finn….


The Missing One is the bestselling debut about grief, loss and the overpowering love of a mother for her child.  Buy the book, buy the Kindle book or buy the audiobook 


Praise for The Missing One:

‘A brilliant page turner that explores how we connect to our families – and what happens when it goes horribly wrong.’ Psychologies Magazine (chosen as its first Book Club pick)

‘A moving and suspenseful tale of the secrets a family keeps’  Rachel Hore, author of The Silent Tide (and other bestselling novels).

‘A page-turning and suspenseful tale…I read it in three sittings…a compelling emotional mystery’  Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters, Richard & Judy book club pick.

‘Beautifully written and compelling…a wonderful thriller that is also such a strong portrayal of motherhood’  Sabine Durrant, author of  Under Your Skin

‘Sinister, suspenseful and a great sense of place. It races along, as a family history is unpicked…’  Fanny Blake, author of The Secrets Women Keep.

‘A wonderful tale, well told, one that may leave you slightly overwrought in the best way possible, and one that I would highly recommend.’ Liz Barnsley, blogger, Liz Loves Books, Goodreads 5* review.

‘A gripping thriller about dark family secrets, the desperate need for truth, and the bonds between mother and child,’ Isobel Kay, Goodreads 5* review.

Creepy and tense, this novel is brilliantly gripping’ Closer magazine


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