The Missing Hours – Julia Dahl

Sneaking in another review on the last day!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

THE MISSING HOURS – Julia Dahl (Released September 14th, 2021)

Book Description:

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.

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

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

This book was a lot darker than I expected it to be. That opening chapter was intense and sets the tone for the rest of the book. THE MISSING HOURS was my introduction to Julia Dahl and she certainly knows how to write an addictive read! I was halfway through it before I even realized and found it so hard to put down.

Claudia wakes up from a night of drinking and realizes something isn’t right. One look in the mirror confirms her worst fears – black eye, split lip, and her clothes are a mess. Now her family is frantic to find her after she goes missing. Is she in hiding or is there something worse happening? It all boils down to finding out what happened during those fateful hours. I loved the pacing and the tension the author created throughout the book. I will be keeping an eye out for more from Dahl! A warning for readers, this book does contain sexual assault.

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