Review: The Missing by Jane Casey
(Ebury Press £6.99)
When 12-year-old Jenny Shepherd vanishes from home, her teacher, Sarah Finch, a young woman in her mid-20s, knows better than most that the chances of finding her alive aren't good. When she was a little girl her older brother went out to play one summer day and never returned.
By a dreadful coincidence, it is Sarah who finds Jenny's body, beaten and abandoned in heavy undergrowth, and her presence there arouses police suspicions. But when she herself is attacked, and a man beaten to death outside her house, it's clear it's not just the police who are watching her.
The Missing is an assured debut by an Irish writer, written with elegance and it delivers more twists than a corkscrew.