The Missing One

  • by Lucy Atkins
  • Narrated by Buffy Davies
  • 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The loss of her mother has left Kali McKenzie with too many unanswered questions. But while clearing out Elena's art studio, she finds a drawer packed with postcards, each bearing an identical one-line message from a Canadian gallery owner called Susannah Gillespie: thinking of you. Who is this woman and what does she know about Elena's hidden past?
Desperate to find out, Kali 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 closes in, Kali quickly realises she has made a big mistake. The handsome and enigmatic Susannah refuses to talk about the past, and as Kali struggles to piece together what happened back in the 1970s, Susannah's behaviour grows more and more erratic. Most worrying of all, Susannah is becoming increasingly preoccupied with little Finn...
A tense, thrilling novel about a family divided by secrets, and the lengths a mother will go to protect her child.


What the Critics Say

"A moving and suspenseful tale of the secrets a family keeps." (Rachel Hore)


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Customer Reviews

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The premise for this book is a good one: discovering secrets in a family after a mother's death, but the main character was such a silly irresponsible person. Surely no mother would take a toddler half way across the world on a whim. Having said that, her mother was equally daft and irresponsible: impossible to believe that a mother would take a newborn baby and a toddler out looking for orca in an inflatable, with no lifejackets. I guessed the ending about a quarter of the way through the story.

I found the accent of the Suzannah character very grating and much too masculine and even though she was clearly unbalanced, her lack of curiosity about Kali and her son was difficult to understand. The main character, Kali, very unsympathetic - such a drip - her attitude to the toddler was simpering; I lost count of the number of times she called him 'love' and told him 'its OK' in a sickly, sentimental voice. The details of looking after a toddler was enough to put you off motherhood for life and cutting all the boring descriptions of nappy changing and feeding could have reduced the story by a quarter.
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- Annie

Unbelievable response!

The response of the main character to the death of her mother is unbelievable but I envy her guts and would love to be able to respond to the situation in the same way! At times this character annoyed me, but this didn't prevent me from wanting to hear more. The elements that Kali found out about her mother's earlier life were very interesting as was her defiance to her father's insistence to leave well alone. I would have wanted to carry on finding out the truth. Some aspects at the end of the story became a little unbelievable but these excesses could be forgiven. A great escapist listen.
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- J

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2014
  • Publisher: Quercus