Emma, Disappeared

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Author: Andrew Hughes

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland

ISBN: 9781399730938

RRP: $34.99

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‘Compelling, unsettling and very creepy’ Catherine Kirwan

‘Atmospheric and filled with twists and turns … a fantastic read’ Patricia Gibney

Everyone is talking about the disappearance of Emma Harte.

A high-achieving university graduate and young entrepreneur, she was last seen in the early hours of the morning on grainy CCTV footage in Dublin’s city centre before vanishing into thin air. While a national debate about women’s safety rages, eyes turn to Emma’s boyfriend, Tom – who is nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, archivist James Lyster is following the story with undue interest. When a comment he makes about Emma goes viral on social media, he finds himself drawn into the world of a group of idealistic university students involved in the search – and attracting the attention of the police detective in charge of Emma’s case.

Then a body is discovered in scrubland near James’ flat …

As the police get closer to finding out what happened to Emma Harte, James’ life begins to unravel. Is he a victim or murderer? Feminist ally or callous liar?

For it turns out that James isn’t the only one with secrets …

Praise for Andrew Hughes’ novels – *

Compelling and eerily authentic . . . Read it and be grateful to be alive in our day and age. – ? ROBERT GODDARD

A skilfully planned, elegantly written debut . . . a riveting read. – ? SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

A vivid piece of writing . . . brings to mind Andrew Miller’s Costa-winning novel, Pure. – ? IRISH TIMES

A quite exceptional novel . . . The world he creates has echoes of Kafka and Orwell . . . totally convincing. It draws you in like a trap. – ? C. J. SANSOM, author of Dissolution and Winter in Madrid

Reminiscent of John Banville’s The Book of Evidence . . . a bracing, lurid tale that is as engrossing as it is chilling. – IRISH INDEPENDENT

‘A beautifully-crafted novel that is also gripping and powerful. It’s superb’ – William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier

‘The plot is intriguing and the father-daughter relationship honest and delightful . . . Abigail – one of the most attractive heroines in a long time – carries the day’ – DAILY MAIL

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