About the Book
As usual, seventeen-year-old Alice Teale walked out of school at the end of a bright spring day.
Except she’s not been seen since.
Alice was popular and well-liked, and her boyfriend, friends and family are desperate to find her.
But when the police start asking questions, it becomes clear that almost everyone has something to hide.
Detectives Beth Winter and Lucas Black don’t know which way to turn – but then they receive a disturbing package.
Pages from Alice’s precious diary.
Who could have sent them? And what have they done with Alice?
I was thrilled when I was approved to read Alice Teale is Missing on NetGalley and I’m so pleased to say that it more than lived up to my expectations!
Alice Teale is Missing is a novel that looks at the disappearance of teenager Alice – she is seen leaving school one afternoon but then is never seen again. Her disappearance is being investigated by detectives Lucas Black and Beth Winter, and interspersed with chapters following the investigation we get to read snippets of Alice’s diary.
I loved how this story was told – it was great to see who Alice was and how she was feeling in the period leading up to her disappearance. It made her feel like a real person and I felt really invested in whether she would be found.
I also adored Black and Winter together, they made for such an interesting team and I loved the way they were new to working together and so sizing each other up whilst also working on the investigation. Black is the more senior detective and Winter respects that but she’s also not afraid to put forward her views. I’m really hoping that this book is the first in a series and that we might get another book with Black and Winter because they are my new favourite detective duo.
The investigation into Alice’s disappearance grows increasingly complex as Black and Winter interview witnesses and potential suspects. There are some unsavoury people connected to the school and you don’t know if this is a lead or if it’s a red herring.
I devoured Alice Teale is Missing in one sitting as I was so engrossed in the novel, and the writing is brilliant. I simply had to know what had happened to Alice and where she was. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author, and I highly recommend this book!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
Alice Teale is Missing is out now in ebook format and available here. You can also pre-order the paperback at the same link.
2 thoughts on “Alice Teale is Missing by H. A. Linskey”
This sounds really suspenseful, Hayley. I do like books where you gradually get to know the characters; I think that adds to the interest and suspense as those character layers are revealed. And you’re right that the relationship between the investigators can make a real difference. Glad you enjoyed this as well as you did.
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