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The Missing Hours

Julia Dahl

A contemporary psychological thriller about toxic masculinity, social media and a woman who won’t be beaten.

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She doesn’t remember.
He won’t let her forget.

‘Both shocking and gripping.’ Daily Mail
‘A great reckoning with the moment we find ourselves in.’ New York Times Book Review
‘Propulsive storytelling at its best … highly recommended.’ Lou Berney

From a distance, Claudia Castro has it all: the famous family, the trust fund, thousands of Instagram followers, and a spot in NYU’s freshman class. But then one drunken night everything changes.

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.

‘A searing tale of sexual assault in the digital age. Timely, taut, and gripping – an absolute must-read.’ Laura McHugh

What readers are saying:

‘This book kept me up way too late, but it was totally worth it!’

‘Intense, gritty . . . Clear your clendar as you’ll want to read this book in one sitting.’

‘A fast-paced read that gives the reader much to ponder.’

‘Timely, taut, and gripping – an absolute must-read.’

Critic Reviews

A dark thriller about the meaning of vengeance, justice and survival.

Alafair Burke
Critic Reviews

Julia Dahl is one of the most vibrant voices in crime fiction and THE MISSING HOURS solidifies that with a timely, explosive novel that feels all-too-real, and echoes greats like Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin. Dahl has deftly tapped into a narrative that evokes our modern dilemma while still feeling timeless and ever-present. I couldn’t stop thinking about this haunting, propulsive novel, and it will stick with me for a long, long time.

Alex Segura
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Propulsive storytelling at its best. With complex characters and a deft understanding of social dynamics, the novel also captures, in a powerful and nuanced way, the rich and complicated now. Highly recommended.

Lou Berney
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Captivating and engrossing…essential reading.

Ivy Pochoda
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A riveting tale of abuse and revenge that explores the dark underside of New York's privileged class, this book had me hooked from the very first page. Julia Dahl is a writer to watch!

Alison Gaylin
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A wickedly intense thriller that never lets up.

Jennifer Hillier

Julia Dahl was born and raised in Fresno, California and currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son. A former journalist, specializing in crime and criminal justice, she is the author of three novels in the Rebekah Roberts series including Invisible City, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and won…

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