Just Another Missing Person by Gillian McAllister
Published August 1, 2023 by William Morrow
Date read: September 28, 2023
Julia and her daughter Genevieve
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
22-year-old Olivia has been missing for one day…and counting. She was last seen on CCTV, entering a dead-end alley. And not coming back out again.
Julia, the detective heading up the search for Olivia, thinks she knows what to expect. A desperate family, a ticking clock, and long hours away from her husband and daughter. But she has no idea just how close to home this case is going to get.
Because the criminal at the heart of the disappearance has something she never expected. His weapon isn’t a gun, or a knife: it’s a secret. Her worst one. And her family’s safety depends on one thing: Julia must NOT find out what happened to Olivia – and must frame somebody else for her murder.
If you find her, you will lose everything. What would you do?
This clever and endlessly surprising thriller is laced with a smart look at family and motherhood, and cements Gillian McAllister as a major talent in the world of suspense and a master of creating ethical dilemmas that show just how murky the distinction between right and wrong can be.
How did Just Another Missing Person end?
Thank you to @bookclubgirl for this gifted copy! I so enjoy Gillian McAllister’s writing. I thought Wrong Place Wrong Time was so clever and unique, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Just Another Missing Person.
My favorite thing about McAllister’s thrillers is how strong her characters are. I really loved Julia as the MC and how her past complicated her search for the kidnapper. There was even a hint of marriage narrative as Julia struggled to balance her career with her home life.
The plot unfolds beautifully in ways I didn’t expect, and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the connections.
If you liked the magical realism component of Wrong Place Wrong Time, we don’t get that in Just Another Missing Person. Regardless, it’s another thriller I strongly recommend.
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