C.L. Taylor


Someone knows what happened to Billy…


When fourteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing from his Bristol home in the middle of the night, there isn’t a single member of his family that doesn’t feel that they are to blame. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets from one other that it isn’t until a year later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.


Claire Wilkinson, Billy’s mother, begins to suffer from terrifying fugues, vanishing from her home and coming to in strange hotel rooms and on unfamiliar streets. In her handbag are items she’s never seen before. The first time it happens, her doctor writes it off as an unusual reaction to stress. But when she wakes from a blackout with blood on her hands, no one can explain how it got there, least of all Claire.


A mother’s bond with her child is unbreakable, but what if she has something terrible to hide…?


Dark, utterly gripping and had me ripping through the pages.

Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You
Jenny Blackhurst , author of How I Lost You

No one does broken families and friendships like Cally Taylor and her new one is no exception. The Missing is shot through with the poison of family secrets and lies (and ties).

Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else’s Skin. Winner of the Theakston’s 2015 Crime Novel of the Year
Sarah Hilary , author of Someone Else’s Skin. Winner of the Theakston’s 2015 Crime Novel of the Year


Psychological Thriller

UK Publication

HarperCollins, April 2016

US Publication

HarperCollins, 2017

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins/ Avon
North American: HarperCollins/ William Morrow
Czech: Domino
French: Marabout - Hachette
Italian: Longanesi
Norwegian: Pantagruel
Polish: Burda International
Spanish: Duomo Ediciones