“It’s like straight out of a thriller book. / Where do you think I got the idea from?”
Set to be released on 6th January 2021, The Missing Woman by Georgina Cross is set on in a town with two halves. On one side, women like Sabine Miller live in their huge houses with their perfect lives and happy marriages. They are “the other woman”. Erica isn’t like them. She is a single mum, but she doesn’t envy their lives; not anymore. On the fourth of July, the whole town is gathered at the local pool when Sabine throws Erica a desperate look across the water and suddenly disappears. Running to the back gate, all Erica finds is a gold charm bracelet that Sabine dropped on her way out. Hours later, Sabine’s husband reports her as missing. The whole town begins searching the streets, calling Sabine’s name over and over. On the TV, Mark is begging for someone to bring his wife home. Erica was the last person to see her alive, but she doesn’t want the police to find out otherwise they’ll begin questioning her. She’s terrified that they’ll find out what happened the two apparent strangers years ago – something she’s never told anyone.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for this book. Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity and to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Missing Woman is a thrilling read about secrets, loyalty, and the suspicion of what really goes on behind closed doors. With a fast-paced and an unpredictable twist, you won’t guess what’s going on in this neighbourhood.
There’s a lot of thought process in the first section of the book which I liked, but I know this can be off-putting for a lot of readers. But stick with it, because things soon pick up. The final third is full of many unexpected turns as it slowly draws you in, eventually engrossing you completely as you find yourself caught up in Erica’s dilemma.
Using Facebook posts to add additional perspectives on the story, I really enjoyed this modern narrative technique and how it emphasised the dangers of gossip in a tight-knit community. But you’ll make judgements too, as you begin to suspect everybody closest to Sabine when it’s revealed that nobody has the perfect life that they are pretending to lead.
I would have liked a few more things explained in the final chapter, but it’s well written and the characters’ emotions are described brilliantly, which is what kept me so on edge. I’m definitely looking forward to what Georgina Cross writes next.
The Missing Woman by Georgina Cross
Release Date: 6th January 2021
Print Length: 325 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
They live in the big houses on the pretty street. Those other women, as we call them. And to think I used to want to be like them, to have their money and happiness, to live and laugh and play like them. Not any more.
It’s the fourth of July and the whole town is gathered at the local pool. Through the sweltering afternoon, we single mothers don’t mix with the other women––the ones with the perfect lives and happy marriages. Women like Sabine Miller. But when Sabine shoots me a desperate look across the water and suddenly disappears, my blood runs cold…
Running to the back gate, all I find is a silver charm bracelet she dropped on her way out. I convince myself I’m imagining things until Sabine’s husband Mark appears. When he realizes she’s missing, he phones the cops straight away. “Someone has been threatening Sabine,” he says. “Now they’ve kidnapped her.”
Hours later, I wish I’d run faster. The whole town is searching the streets, calling Sabine’s name over and over. On the TV, Mark is begging for someone to bring his wife home.
The truth is, I was the last person to see her alive––and it’s killing me inside. Now the cops are at my door asking questions. I’m terrified they’ll find out what happened years ago between me and Sabine. Something I’ve never told anyone.
But I need to tell someone. Can you keep a secret?
From bestselling author Georgina Cross, the most exciting new voice in suspense, comes a twisted and unputdownable psychological thriller about the power and damage of secrets behind closed doors. Perfect for anyone who was totally hooked by The Wife Between Us, Big Little Lies or Gone Girl.
About The Author:
Georgina Cross is the author of works of domestic suspense, psychological suspense, and thriller.
She is represented by Rachel Beck with Liza Dawson Associates with her suspense fiction appealing to readers of The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Georgina has been writing since she was a child. Notebooks & floppy discs filled with stories: adventures growing up in New Orleans and tales from Malaysia & England where her family lives. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she pursued a career in marketing & communications and founded Susie’s Wish non-profit which sends patients with life-threatening illnesses to the beach. She spends time with her husband and their combined family of four sons watching plenty of scary movies and is thrilled to be a full-time author.
Find out more at: www.Georgina-Cross-Author.com