Published: 7th April 2016
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…
Billy, a fifteen year old school boy has been missing for six months. His parents; Claire and Mark along with his older brother Jake are beyond sick with worry. I knew from the opening chapter that this wasn’t going to be the average “child disappears” plot – it never is when C.L Taylor is in charge. Early on, the narrative pulls you into their lives and it’s quite difficult to put the book down.
“I was torn. Billy was fifteen years old. He was stretching his wings. He was a good boy. He was sensible at heart and I trusted him not to do anything stupid.”
Throughout the narrative on multiple occasions in between chapters, there is a conversation between two people: ICE9 and Jackdaw44. Readers are unaware of who these two people are but it’s quite easy to take a guess at who it could be. As the plot continues, some chapters are brief with description from Claire suffering from blackouts and I really liked C.L Taylor’s concept as it allowed me to invest even more into the plot. I was terrified for Claire, unaware of what she may know or what she may have done.
“There isn’t a shred of sympathy in my heart for the man sitting in the chair opposite me. How can there be when he’s just ripped it apart?”
The ending of the plot is magnificent and the explanation to Billy’s disappearance was the last thing I would have thought of. The writing style was utter perfection, continually keeping me hooked from start to finish with the aid of the multiple personalities of the characters. It is yet another superb book from C.L Taylor; an author who will never disappoint readers.