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The Missing Hours Hardcover – 14 September 2021
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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.
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NEW YORK POST: BEST NEW BOOKS TO READ "An adventure thriller . . . a great reckoning with the moment we find ourselves in." --New York Times Book Review "The Missing Hours is a smart, thoughtful, and gripping book. You'll find it hard to put this novel down." --Oxygen, September Book Club Pick "[A] fast-paced, piercing evaluation of the aftermath of sexual assault. . . Dahl, who wrote the phenomenal Edgar Award-nominated Rebekah Roberts mysteries, writes brilliantly about how violence impacts victims and their communities." --Medium This is a dark, gripping study of vengeance and of what it means to live in a woman's body. --The Guardian "A provocative and timely standalone novel." --Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel A fast-paced thriller with multiple perspectives.. [Dahl] provides a timely story about an always relevant topic.-- Library Journal [This Missing Hours] is a provocative standalone... Credit [Dahl] with ambitiously tackling a broad canvas. --Publishers Weekly [Dahl] is known for her fast-paced writing, but this one moves at breakneck speed and stays with you long after the last page.--Booklist "Julia Dahl has crafted a satisfying and thought-provoking revenge thriller in The Missing Hours." --CrimeReads Claudia's story will resonate. --Mystery Scene "A dark thriller about the meaning of vengeance, survival, and justice." --Alafair Burke "Does exactly what the best crime novels should." --Ivy Pochoda Fast-paced and fierce." --Elizabeth Little Highly recommended. --Lou Berney "A swift, heart-pounding novel about money and power and violation." --Steph Cha "Remember to breathe, because Dahl has crafted a wickedly intense thriller that never lets up from the first page to the explosive finale." --Jennifer Hillier "Timely, taut, and gripping--an absolute must-read. --Laura McHugh "I couldn't stop thinking about this haunting, propulsive novel, and it will stick with me for a long, long time." --Alex Segura A riveting tale of abuse and revenge that explores the dark underside of New York's privileged class." --Alison Gaylin "The Missing Hours grabs you from the start and never lets go. --Wendy Walker "Utterly arresting, incredibly thoughtful, and in the end, as gripping as it is necessary. It'll stick with you long after you're done." --Rob Hart
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- Publisher : Minotaur Books (14 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250083729
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250083722
- Dimensions : 14.48 x 2.62 x 21.51 cm
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I had trouble putting it down between the first page and the last. A few days since having finished it, I'm still impressed by its craftsmanship and its gravity, and by the unexpected turn at its end. It's a sharp page-turner, and one you'll definitely be passing along to your friends, whether they're literary aesthetes or fans of crime novels and thrillers.
In the end, I find this to be a story mainly about how the very rich do horrible things, not only to the poor but also to each other. Examples of each abound in this novel. And the worst thing, of course, is that they all get away with it, criminals and revenge-seekers alike. Maybe some readers find this kind of story interesting but I find it depressing.