Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From the critically acclaimed author of Invisible City and Conviction, The Missing Hours is a novel about obsession, privilege, and the explosive consequences of one violent act.
From a distance, Claudia Castro has it all: a famous family, a trust fund, thousands of Instagram followers, and a spot in NYU’s freshman class. But look closer, and things are messier: her parents are separating, she’s just been humiliated by a sleazy documentary, and her sister is about to have a baby with a man she barely knows.
Claudia starts the school year resolved to find a path toward something positive, maybe even meaningful – and then one drunken night everything changes. Reeling, her memory hazy, Claudia cuts herself off from her family, seeking solace in a new friendship. But when the rest of school comes back from spring break, Claudia is missing.
Suddenly, the whole city is trying to piece together the hours of that terrible night.
About: The Missing Hours is a young adult mystery thriller written by Julia Dahl. It will be published on 9/14/2021 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 288 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery thriller, and fiction. According to Macmillan’s website, “Minotaur established in 1999, Minotaur is a premier publisher in the bestselling category of crime fiction. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Missing Hours on 9/12/2021 and finished it on 9/15/2021. A fantastic read, this book hooked me from the start. The story was easy to read with well developed characters. Their individual background stories were interesting even juicy and each character has a purpose. Edie surprised me with her love life. I enjoyed the humor following Trevor’s thoughts but at other times I just wanted to knock on his head to wake him up. I have a love/hate relationship with Claudia. She didn’t report what happened to her right away or even when she had proofs. I do liked the reasons stated obvious by Ridley and among them that authorities aren’t always good. This book brought out the reasons why many women suffered rape silently and only brought to light about it years later. I liked the dirt revealed by Chad about women Ridley used. Hopefully women will be smart about it and not fall for slick lawyers! I liked the siblings love between Lars & Jeremy, Mike & Trevor, and Edie & Claudia.
This book started with Claudia as she woke up to find her skirt bunched around her waist and her underwear gone. She felt pain when she went to urinate. From the mirror reflection, she saw that she was also beaten with a split lip. She couldn’t remember who the guy was. The second view was Edie, Claudia’s older sister. She’s going into labor just after midnight and tried to reach Claudia but the call went to voicemail. The third view was Trevor, fellow student living at the school dorm. He bumped into Claudia at the elevator and became her delivery guy for drugstore materials and meals, and eventually became friends. Claudia blackout once before after being intoxicated but this time, she desperately wanted to remember what happened. This book was divided into four parts. There’ll be a few surprise views later on.
The Missing Hours was well written and definitely a page turner. A different take on the #metoo movement. The idea of BroChadAsks was clever. A new way of spreading a message and bringing attention to the meaning of rape I had not heard of before. I liked many characters from this book such as Edie and even Michelle. They sound smart in knowing what to do and how to handle police. I would have preferred if Claudia created BroChadAsks before Jeremy got hurt but I guess it’s good to show readers that guys do get blinded by love too and will do whatever girls asks and not asks of them. Most often we hear about women fantasizing of love so it’s a nice change to see a man in the situation. The ending wrapped up nicely with all characters accounted for.
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Julia Dahl is the author of Conviction, Run You Down, and Invisible City, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, one of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2014, and has been translated into eight languages. A former reporter for CBS News and the New York Post, she now teaches journalism at NYU. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.