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When Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn't want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and no one would come between them.But with the birth of their high-needs son, Eli, their extraordinary love is shackled into an ordinary life, their passion blunted by responsibility.Until Ryan can't take it anymore.Then, following a mysteriWhen Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn't want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and no one would come between them.But with the birth of their high-needs son, Eli, their extraordinary love is shackled into an ordinary life, their passion blunted by responsibility.Until Ryan can't take it anymore.Then, following a mysterious phone call late one night, Aisha leaves four-year-old Eli in the care of her elderly father Patrick - and doesn't come back.As Patrick struggles with the grandson he barely knows or understands, his frustration with his missing daughter and absent son-in-law quickly turns to fear.Particularly when blood is found in Aisha's abandoned car . . ....

Title : Missing You
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Missing You Reviews

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-06-15 04:48

    * *4.5 starsKylie Kaden made quite the impression on me when I read her debut novel Losing Kate in 2015. Missing You does not suffer whatsoever from second novel syndrome, in fact, it is just as good as Kaden’s first novel. Missing You is a sharp contemporary domestic noir novel, with subtle undertones of romance. It offers the reader a powerful exploration of a family and a couple under stress, due to a missing key family member.Missing You is the story of a couple, Ryan and Aisha. The unfolding story takes us from their love at first sight meeting at a university party, through to their hastened marriage, to the birth of their son Eli and right through to the present day nature of their fractured relationship. The focal point of Missing You is the disappearance of Aisha and then the search to find Ryan, who is also missing. We discover that Aisha, a devoted mother to her high needs son Eli, uncharacteristically left Eli in the care of her father Patrick, to attend a distress call. Days later, Aisha has not returned. The police are unconcerned, believing Aisha and Ryan have taken off for a much-needed respite holiday but Patrick remains unconvinced. Kaden moves the narrative back and forth, between the past and the present day, to slowly reveal the vital details in the past that lead to the current day events. Kaden also works carefully to build a solid picture of the state of Ryan and Aisha’s relationship, as well as including some key figures in their lives that may have a part to play in Aisha and Ryan’s disappearance.Missing You is such a well depicted story and a highly believable one at that. It hit a little too close to home and I could easily imagine the scenario Kaden presents us with through her novel playing out in our own suburbs. Although Kylie Kaden bases her books in Brisbane, there is a strong sense of familiarity to her novel setting wise that allowed me to really get into this novel.Missing You has a narrative that flows very readily. With undertones of mystery and suspense, it ensured that I was unable to close this book, no matter how hard I tried. Missing You was one of those books that I read in under a day, which is an indication of how compelling this story is. The narrative spans over seven years, which is a good time frame. I enjoyed Kaden’s gentle revelations of the events and people in the past, as well as present, who seemed to have a possible role to play in Aisha’s disappearance.Aisha and Ryan, as well as their supporting counterparts, are well drawn protagonists. I put myself in Aisha’s shoes a number of times during this novel. As a mum with a child the same age as Eli, Aisha’s son, I wondered how I would cope with a special needs child. The shining light in this story is not simply the central mystery of Aisha’s disappearance, rather, it is the beauty of the relationship that flourishes between Aisha’s father Patrick and Eli.There are other themes that come into play in Missing You and they are extremely thought provoking. From the unique bond and sibling rivalry that exists between the twin characters in Missing You, to the impact of the loss of a parent as a young age, caring for a high needs child, mental health and relationship issues. These are all hard-hitting themes that are depicted with insight. The result is an almost haunting commentary on the strains on modern relationships.Missing You is a novel that makes you think, rethink and think again. The atmosphere is set high tension wise. It had me constantly theorising and developing scenarios as to what may have happened to Aisha, through the clues that Kaden drops into the story for the reader to discover. When I finally reached the end, I did exhale a big sigh of relief. I was a little miffed at the final result of Aisha’s disappearance, it was a happy ending of sorts, but in no way was justice served. It was also a fairly open ending, which may get to some readers, but it was fine by me.If you are looking for a solid suspense novel that you can binge read in a short time frame, I would look no further than Missing You or Losing Kate, Kaden’s previous novel, both these books read in a similar gripping fashion. I highly recommended this title to all readers.

  • Brenda
    2019-06-19 00:44

    Aisha’s meeting with Ryan was as unexpected as it was dramatic. Leaving a loud music event she stumbled and fell – a handsome stranger came to her aid and the chemistry between the two of them was instant. As Aisha learned more about Ryan, she discovered he was a twin, but also that he didn’t particularly get on with his brother Luke. She also found that he didn’t want children – he was quite adamant on that; but she didn’t see it as a problem – until it became one…When Eli was born they both realized their lives were complete – Ryan wondered why he had ever said he didn’t want children. But gradually they realized that their beloved Eli was on the autism spectrum; his needs were high, his routine was rigid. Aisha had no time for anything or anyone but Eli; she was constantly tired. What would Ryan do? What could he do?Patrick was Aisha’s dad – in his early seventies he had little patience with anything other than his own routine. So when suddenly Aisha disappeared after responding to a mysterious phone call, Patrick found himself caring for young Eli. He felt anger and annoyance at his daughter and son-in-law; but as the days passed with no sign of Aisha, Patrick grew fearful. The police were clueless – where was she? Where were they both? What was happening?I quite enjoyed this second novel by Aussie author Kylie Kaden, though I will admit to not enjoying it as much as Losing Kate. I found it to be a bit choppy, going back and forward between the past and the present, and between the main characters. The suspense and mystery, especially toward the end was well executed, but I did feel a little let down by the ending. But in saying that, I have no hesitation in recommending Missing You and will be interesting in seeing where the author takes her next novel.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-05-29 06:06

    Three and a half stars.I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the beginning of the novel about Aisha. This sets the scene, so you want to know what happened. I liked Patrick, Aisha’s father and Eli, her autistic son. The way their relationship developed over the course of the novel when Aisha went missing after a mysterious phone call. The change in grandfather and grandson relationship was well handled. I wasn’t overly enamoured of Aisha or her husband Ryan, who opts out when life gets too hard. The story backtracks to the meeting of Aisha and Ryan and the development of their relationship and to me some of the dialogue and intended banter sounded like it was trying too hard to be clever. Then at others times the story reverts to the current situation with Aisha missing. This can make it seem a bit disjointed. I also got sick of the bad language. A couple of times I even considered not reading further, but the story would not let me. I felt compelled to keep reading to find out what happened to Aisha, so that is a distinct achievement. Aisha was a bit slow at times to pick up clues that were obvious to the reader and I thought some aspects of the ending seemed a bit implausible. But overall, an interesting read that I am sure a lot of people will enjoy.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-06-04 02:59

    "At what point did this become my fate? Did I ever control it? And if I'd chosen differently, would all the good parts dissolve along with the bad? Even if this is the end, I have no regrets. For giving into that magnetic pull we had, despite wanting different things....I didn't think it was possible to love another human more..."Aisha and Ryan fell in love the moment they met, and were certain would make it work, despite the differences between them. Five years later, struggling with the reality of their compromises and the relentless demands of parenting their autistic spectrum son, they fight and Ryan walks away.A day later, Aisha receives a late night phone call, and promising to return in an hour or so, leaves her son, Eli, in her father's care. Three days later Aisha has still not come home, Ryan can't be reached, and while the police seem inclined to dismiss Patrick's fears, he is certain something is wrong. From the first page the reader is aware that wherever Aisha is, she is in trouble. The tension builds as the reader wonders why she is missing, has Aisha simply had enough, snapping under the strain, or is there a more sinister reason for her absence?"I calmly wonder is this is how it feels to die: This strange lightness, drifting in zero gravity. I feel no pain, but I have no control. I command my brain to charge my limbs, to pry open my eyes, but it's no use."Missing You unfolds through the perspectives of Aisha, Ryan and Patrick, shifting from the present, through the past, until the two timelines merge.Over a period of seven days, Patrick worries about his missing daughter while caring for his grandson. Eli's behaviour is a challenge for Patrick and Kaden explores the difficulties of catering to his needs."Seventy years I've made it, and never seen a boy like him."Aisha and Ryan's narratives reveal their life together - their passionate romance, their feelings about marriage and parenthood, - and why the cracks had begun to appear, leading to the fight that separates them the day before Aisha goes missing. Kaden does a wonderful job of creating two interesting, well rounded characters and mapping a fairytale relationship complicated by reality."My life isn't perfect, Gabe. We're broke, tired, antisocial. The highlight of my week is more than four hours' consecutive sleep. But we love each other. I love my son."Missing You held me in its thrall from the first page, and while I confess to being a little disappointed in one element of the ending, I found it to be a layered, absorbing tale of love and suspense.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-22 07:12

    Missing You is about the disappearance of a young mother and how it affects her family. One night Aisha asked her father Patrick to look after her four-year-old son Eli after receiving a phone call. However, when Patrick wroke up the next morning, Aisha had not come home. Patrick started to worry because it is not like Aisha to leave her autism spectrum son. The Readers of Missing You will continue to follow the twists and turns in the investigation to find Aisha. I did enjoy reading Missing You, which is the second book I have read of Kylie Kaden. Kylie Kaden knows how to write a suspenseful novel that keeps her readers engaged until the end of the book. I like the way Kylie Kaden portrays her characters and intertwine then throughout the book. Kylie Kaden does a great job in describing the plot and the setting of Missing You to her readers. I was surprised with the ending of Missing You.The readers of Missing You will learn how to handle a young child who is on the autism spectrum and how it affects everyone around them. Also, the readers of Missing You will start to understand you should not lump everyone into the same baskets because not every situation is black and white. I recommend this book.

  • Deborah
    2019-06-18 23:05

    The first thing you must know: I loved Missing You so much I read it in a night.I have to admit, the back cover blurb didn't jump out at me: Young couple meet, fall in love and get married—though he's a bit of a louse. Their son is autistic, putting a strain on their marriage. The hubby leaves. The wife then disappears one night leaving the child with her father.I imagined protracted scenes about their great (albeit mismatched) romance, then a lot of medical stuff and overwhelm relating to their son and so forth before then diving into the 'has she run away or did someone make her disappear?' scenario. But it wasn't like that at all. Thank god for the unexpected!Other than a quick teaser the book dives straight into it, and we're in the head of Patrick, who's been left with his four-year old grandson Eli.The novel predominantly alternates between Patrick in the present; and Aisha and Ryan's relationship over a five-six year timespan. Through shared snippets we learn of their meeting, romance, marriage and pregnancy.Interestingly I enjoyed being in Patrick's head and his time with Eli as much, or even more than, I enjoyed the unfolding story of Aisha and Ryan.I felt the unveiling of the final mystery was a teensy bit anticlimactic (and frustratingly unfulfilling for this lover of closure!), however it's not a mystery / suspense which relies solely on a big 'reveal' at the end.Kaden's structuring of the book—allowing us to learn a little at a time—is what kept me turning page after page. Missing You is a fabulous second novel from Kaden and I cannot wait to see what she does next.I’m participating in a blog tour in conjunction with the release of the novel, so you can read my full review from 10 April 2015:

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling
    2019-06-11 04:48

    My View:I determine a great read by two characteristics - either the book captivates me and I read in one sitting or it evokes such apprehension, a tingling of the spine, that I want to put off the ugliness I know is coming. This is a book that captivates, that you will pick up, start reading and the next thing you know the house is quiet and you are the only one still up and you are still reading! A narrative told through the eyes of three of the protagonists – Aisha, Patrick and Ryan. I particular loved the honesty of Patrick’s outlook and how his character mellowed and grew as the book progressed and his life experience grew. I also liked the author’s honest approach to parenting in this novel – a warts and all portrayal of pregnancy and life with children. I think parents/potential parents need to read more honest accounts of family life so they can feel more comfortable in their own parenting. Life is not always like the cover of the glossy mags- clean, beautiful, perfect…All children like routine but sometimes that need can’t be catered to, all children have occasional tantrums, bad moods and parents are often tired and juggling lots expectations and responsibilities in their life. Life can be difficult at times and we need to see that that is ok. Rant over. So back to the novel – this is an interesting ‘hybrid’ novel –a mix of cosy romance and thriller with the balance on the thriller aspect. The book immediately hooks you in as you read Aisha’s thoughts, wondering if she is about to die….”I calmly wonder if this is how it feels to die: this strange lightness, drifting in zero gravity. I feel no pain, but I have no control…” The author ensures that you are in no doubt that something sinister has occurred. You are hooked! Pick up this great read – I don’t think you will be disappointed despite the ending being a little too kind to the villain in the piece. .

  • Jenn J McLeod
    2019-05-28 05:48

    Another great story from Kylie Kaden. Like Losing Kate (loved, loved her debut) there is a mystery - a disappearance. I love an author who creates authentic characters (Kylie stays clear of the cliche) and enjoyed the two time periods and the slow reveal of each character's issues and challenges. Reading the reviews on this it seems while all the characters are well drawn and complex it is the relationship between Eli, an autistic boy, and his grandfather, Patrick that shines. I have to agree. I loved how they learned life lessons from each other. This story is about faith and believing in the people you love.

  • Bree T
    2019-06-19 06:48

    For Aisha and Ryan, it was love at first sight after a chance meeting when Aisha was leaving a university party. Ryan was older, already well into his first job and Aisha was still finishing her bachelor’s degree. Despite the fact that they always knew that they wanted different things, they settled into a strong relationship and eventually married. Ryan had never wanted children but he wanted Aisha and soon they welcomed their son Eli.It wasn’t long before they realised that Eli’s needs were a little different to those of most other children. He needed routine and order and the smallest deviation from this could bring about extreme difficulty. All of sudden Aisha’s world revolves around Eli and Ryan is left feeling overwhelmed and on the outer. The stress builds, fracturing Ryan and Aisha’s once strong relationship until Ryan can’t take it anymore.Then Aisha receives a phone call late at night whilst at her father’s house. She takes off to meet a friend, assuring her father and sister she’ll be back soon. But morning comes and Aisha hasn’t returned…nor does she all that day. The police are called and when they find Aisha’s car abandoned with blood on the seat, everyone begins to fear the worst. Ryan has disappeared. Aisha is missing, possibly injured or worse. Aisha’s family don’t believe she’s voluntarily run off, even to chase Ryan. She’d never leave her son. But the alternatives may be too hard to contemplate.Missing You is Australian author Kylie Kaden’s second novel and delivers an intriguing mystery as well as exploring family dynamics, the difficulties in parenting a special needs child and how quickly things can change when you go from childless to being responsible for someone 24/7. With a brief snippet to open the book, readers are aware that something has happened to Aisha…but what? Where is she? The book alternates between the point of view of Aisha’s father Patrick in the present, who is left to care for Eli when Ryan and Aisha both vanish and glimpses into Ryan and Aisha’s relationship, marriage and the arrival of Eli.To be honest, for me where this book truly shines is the narration by Patrick as he slowly puzzles out his grandson. Patrick hasn’t spent a lot of time with Eli before – visits probably, he certainly doesn’t seem to have had him overnight or for a few days. Eli is a bit high maintenance – the smallest thing can make him extremely upset and given Aisha has taken off unexpectedly she obviously hasn’t left Patrick with many instructions. Aisha’s sister is a small help but mostly it’s up to Patrick to figure out precisely what upsets Eli and how to fix it. Patrick is from a different time, where parenting was done differently and this does show in his early narration as he watches Eli melt down inexplicably with a tantrum. But he quickly comes to realise that there are reasons for his behaviour and the more he watches, the more he learns. Patrick muddles through the days and nights with Eli, building a relationship with him. The poor boy has had both his parents disappear in a short time and being autistic quite possibly doesn’t have the ways to express how off kilter this must make him feel. All his safety and security has vanished and Patrick has to establish some new safety and security for Eli – he has to be that for him. Watching Patrick care for Eli in his own way, gently encouraging him to try new things and push his boundaries but as well as keeping things at a level Eli can cope with, was a fantastic part of this book.I think I found myself less interested in the story of Ryan and Aisha over time. There was a lot of secrets and half truths and I don’t know, I felt like the ‘villain’, for want of a better term, was broadcasting red flag signals loud and clear but Aisha either could not or would not see it. The ending disappointed me a bit – more secrets, more half truths and I really expected more fallout. The information given didn’t really seem to satisfy me in terms of what I really wanted to know, what I think I would want to know in that situation. It was really quite offhand, not befitting of the seriousness of the situation for me. I didn’t really understand the motivation and I felt as though there were many more issues that would probably need to be worked through. I couldn’t get a very clear picture of the future. It just didn’t satisfy me at all after the whole book spent its entire time building up to it. I was far more interested in Patrick and the relationship he was forging with his grandson and the progress he was making in helping Eli adjust to so many different things. Patrick was a total gem.This was a good story and it did keep me intrigued, just not sure the ending worked for me.

  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
    2019-05-30 00:05

    I was blown away by this, Brisbane-based author Kylie Kaden’s second novel. After reading her debut novel, Losing Kate, last year, I didn’t think she could get any better. Boy was I in for a surprise! As most of you that follow my blog know, I’ve never really enjoyed novels from the first-person perspective but, thankfully, our Aussie authors are showing me that they can get this point of view right and I’ve begun to embrace this manner of narrative with its sense of immediacy and intimacy.In Missing You, I was taken on a suspenseful and alluring journey into the lives of Aisha and Ryan along with their high-needs son Eli and thoroughly enjoyed her exploration of human complexity and darkness.When Aisha met Ryan at Uni, it was instant love, consummated by a mind-blowing kiss. Seven years later, even though Ryan didn’t want the classic suburban life with one point five children (or however much it is these days), they are married with one son, four-year old Eli, who is on the spectrum – and life has changed for them.Ryan, in a management position feels that Aisha, a lawyer, is no longer the girl he met and Aisha feels much the same, preferring to see to the needs of their son first and foremost. After an argument that sees Ryan fleeing their home and Aisha seeking the comfort of her family, she goes missing after receiving a telephone call and telling her father that she is going to see a friend in need. When she doesn’t return home, the family is catapulted into turmoil – this is not like Aisha at all – she would never leave her son!Kylie ratchets up the suspense when the police discover Aisha’s car with blood in it and her family begin to fear the worst. However, it is the events that follow that will have your stomach churning.They say that the second novel is sometimes the hardest to write and, in the time that I’ve been reviewing, I’ve read many a book review where reviewers have been disappointed by an author’s sophomore attempt. For those of you who read Kylie’s first novel believe me when I say that, as an author, she has grown.I really fell in love with Patrick, Aisha’s father who, usually a bit surly and unable to find a way to relate to his grandson, is given this opportunity to connect with Eli. Although initially he is somewhat unreliable with regard to certain aspects (which adds to the tension) due to him not being privy to Aisha and Ryan's innermost thoughts and interactions like the reader is, as we move through the story the couple's internal monologue and dialogue reveals all and the different viewpoints allow us to sympathise and gain a better understanding of all the characters.Of course, a story like this has to have an antagonist and Kylie has superbly crafted hers. In actual fact she introduces two possibilities, intensifying the suspense factor and increasing the uncertainty of the plot and I commend any author who is able to make it impossible for me to distinguish exactly who it is until they are absolutely ready.Cleverly constructed, captivatingly written and, at times poignant, I found it difficult to put this novel down and read it within a day. Just like Aisha and Ryan got under each other’s skin, I have no doubt that this book will creep under yours! Highly recommended.

  • Lee
    2019-05-25 23:45

    I requested this book from net galley because I recognised the author’s name and had heard good things about her first book, Losing Kate. I’m so pleased I was successful and given the opportunity to read and review Missing You. I seriously loved this book.I must say the blurb is a little misleading. I was thinking it might be a family drama; a couple coping with their autistic child, lots of arguments and deep thoughts. And on some level, that is exactly how it starts out, but gradually the sense of all not being as it seems builds until I was so tense I sat up all night turning pages madly. I certainly wouldn’t class this as a romance. If I had to place the book into a genre, I’d say psychological thriller would be my pick.We get three narrators, all offering their points of views in the first person: Aisha’s, her husband Ryan’s, and her father Patrick’s. Some chapters are flashbacks, and some are written in the present, but it isn’t difficult to follow. I found Aisha and Patrick instantly likeable. The latter was so real to life and will remind a lot of readers of cantankerous old men they know, I’m sure. Unfortunately I was less sure of Ryan’s appeal or his trustworthiness. I wasn’t keen on his, typical though it may be, drinking habits or surfing lifestyle and therefore I didn’t warm to him as I did the other two narrators. I’ve always had a fascination with twins, however, and when we were introduced to his brother, Luke, I was completely hooked.The clever plot is revealed in layers, and I loved the way the most ordinary conversations and situations were suddenly sinister as the story unfolded. Kaden makes some very intelligent observations (again, especially with Patrick, I found) and her handling of showing the good and bad aspects of mental health seems effortless. As a Queenslander, I adored the setting. For me, it almost became another character. I so enjoyed reading so many familiar places I’ve lived in or visited over the years. If I had one gripe, it would be about the ending. I’m not saying the ending is abrupt or unresolved (like some other books I’ve read lately) but without spoiling, I suppose I’ll admit it was a little too tame for me. (The pacifist in me shrieks with horror.)I highly recommend this book.4.5 stars out of 5

  • Connie Baker
    2019-06-13 01:48

    I was really looking forward to reading the latest offering by Brisbane writer Kylie Kaden and I was not disappointed. Told through the experiences of three main characters this book is well-written, engaging (I read it in one night) and a definite page turner. Having grown up in Brisbane the local feel added an extra dimension but don't worry if you're not familiar with the area - the writer's descriptive style will fill in any gaps for you. At first I thought the style of jumping back and forth from one character to another, from one time to another would be confusing but it's not - it completely works for the telling of this fantastic story. Kylie treats the underlying theme of Autism in an respectful way that helps you to really understand how raising a special needs child affects each person differently. If you're looking for a great Easter break read then get a copy now.

  • Lily Malone
    2019-06-24 03:01

    "I thought I knew her like the tides - who she is; what she wants." Ryan on Aisha.It's lines like this that keep me coming back to Kylie Kaden's writing and her stories. I loved Losing Kate and Missing You makes a wonderful follow up for Kylie, a great fresh voice in Australian fiction.For me, the storyline showing the development in the relationship between the grandfather, Patrick, and Eli, Aisha and Ryan's son steals the show. The fishing scene 'catching choona' is superb and I felt like I had a real insight into what it must be like to nurture and love a high-needs child.Both the grandparent and Eli are characterised beautifully.Really, really enjoyable and a recommended read for me.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-06-06 06:02

    I have to be honest and let you know that I had a really hard time getting into this book. I almost gave up around 25%, but I am really glad I didn’t. The story itself was very good; it was just very confusing at times being written in three different points-of-view as well as past and present.This is a story of finding your soul mate. “Aish.” His voice was tight with frustration, with fear. “I never want you to go. That’s the fucking problem.”But then being given a huge challenge of raising an autistic son. “He’s just like his mum – high maintenance, but worth the fight.” And not being sure if you are cut out for this life, this challenge, and taking a break from it all.Ryan and Aish are the perfect couple, or so it seems until their son comes along. Children change things in any marriage, but when you have an autistic child, the changes are harder. Ryan decides he needs a break and steps away from his family. While this happens, Aish goes missing. This story is about how the two meet, as well as finding Aish and what they learn along the way.My favorite part of this book was the chapters from Patrick’s point-of-view and how he learned how to cope as sole caretaker of Eli while Aish is missing and Ryan is out surfing. Again, I did enjoy this book, it just took some time to really get into it. ~ Tiffany, 3.5 stars

  • Deb Bodinnar
    2019-06-26 03:04

    Books that jump from one character to another usually annoy me, but this one didn't! The story of a missing Mum, an autistic little boy, a grumpy Grandpa, twin brothers who both love in different ways, twists and turns it's way through pages you need to keep turning! On the look out for more from this Author.

  • Sharryn
    2019-06-17 01:55

    Well I broke a rule of mine when I bought this ebook as I'd set a maximum price that I would pay for ebooks. Well I am so glad that I broke my rule. I loved Kylie's first book, Losing Kate, and knew that I had to read this one too. I was not disappointed.I love a good mystery and this book does not disappoint. It will keep you guessing to the end.Another brilliant book from Kylie.

  • Jody
    2019-06-18 01:50

    I loved this book! Great story, great characters ( I loved them all even the rotten ones), great drama, great family story, great romance, great suspense, great everything. A MUST READ. Another great Aussie writer to add to the list. I read the author's other book 'Losing Kate' and I thought it was wonderful. 'Missing You' is even better, it is unputdownable!

  • Monique Mulligan
    2019-06-14 07:08

    Review to come.

  • Jean Mole
    2019-05-30 01:47

    I loved Missing You. An interesting blend of the lives of three generations with a peek into the complexities of sibling rivalry.

  • A Reader's Heaven
    2019-05-26 06:04

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)When Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn't want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and no one would come between them.But with the birth of their high-needs son, Eli, their extraordinary love is shackled into an ordinary life, their passion blunted by responsibility. Until Ryan can't take it anymore. Then, following a mysterious phone call late one night, Aisha leaves four-year-old Eli in the care of her elderly father Patrick - and doesn't come back. As Patrick struggles with the grandson he barely knows or understands, his frustration with his missing daughter and absent son-in-law quickly turns to fear. Particularly when blood is found in Aisha's abandoned car...Well, this was quite the change for a thriller novel. And quite a refreshing one as well. Normally, we get the missing person, and the search for them. Nothing usually much deeper than that. Maybe a romantic interest along the way...Not here.Here we have a woman (Aisha) who disappears after receiving a mysterious phone call, a husband (Ryan) who disappears as well (although for hugely differing reasons), but, the real highlight of this story was the relationship between Eli (Aisha & Ryan's son) and Patrick (Aisha's father). The relationship that develops between the two of them really fills the gap between trying to solve the whereabouts of Aisha and Ryan.My only real disappointment in this book was the constant chopping and changing of time periods and POV's. It really did make the storyline choppy and hard, at times, to follow who was doing what - or when.However, once you get the hang of the way this book is presented, it is a really good story. Highly recommend it just for Patrick and Eli!PaulARH

  • Janine
    2019-06-06 01:09

    First book I have read by this author - I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Tess Woods from a competition. Very good story - about Ryan and Aisha who are married with a little boy. One day Aisha doesn't come home and Ryan has disappeared, so Aisha's elderly father takes on Eli until his parents are found.This book had a really great build up in the story - you hear about all their lives. There is Aisha, Ryan and his twin Luke, Patrick (Aisha's dad) and her sister Pip. All is not what is seems and there are secrets and lies everywhere. A good example of a domestic noir novel. Looking forward to reading Kylie's other book in the future.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-19 06:55

    3.5. When Aisha meets Ryan at university, the attraction is instant. Despite their unbridled passion for each other, their differences become obvious early in their relationship – Ryan is much older than Aisha, values his freedom and does not want to become trapped by children, mortgages and a nine-to-five job. Whereas Aisha, whose mother left when she was a child, yearns for babies, a stable family life and a home to call her own. Young and in love they are willing to compromise, and soon they are married, have bought their own home and are expecting their first child. But with the unrelenting demands of parenting an autistic son the cracks are soon starting to show. Aisha is always tired, whilst Ryan starts to resent his surburban life which holds little joy for him. They argue, Ryan leaves, and Aisha seeks the comfort of her family. A day later, after receiving a mysterious phone call, Aisha leaves Eli in the care of her father Patrick and disappears without a trace.Missing You is told in the voices of Patrick, Aisha and Ryan and slowly unravels their story, spanning the five-year period between Aisha and Ryan’s first meeting to the time Aisha goes missing. Whilst I enjoyed reading about Aisha and Ryan’s romance, the slow spiralling out of control of their marriage and the mystery behind Aisha’s disappearance, my favourite by far was Patrick’s voice as he is trying to connect with his autistic grandson. “Seventy years I’ve made it, and never seen a boy like him. The kid is trouble”, are his first observations about young Eli. After bringing up his own daughters on his own, he is baffled by the strange little boy who does not respond as other children do. I loved the way Patrick slowly bonds with the boy – from his initial thought that he needs a good spanking to the realisation that Eli’s mind works differently to other children. The grandfather-grandson relationship evolving is touching and though provoking, and was the part of the story I enjoyed most of all. Whilst all characters’ voices are authentic and believable, Patrick’s grumpy-old-man character captured the essence of the story for me and kept me wanting to read more. For me, Missing You was more a story about people and relationships than a mystery, and I found elements of the final unravelling of the story behind Aisha’s disappearance a bit disappointing and anti-climatic, but will not give any spoilers here. All in all, Missing You is an absorbing read giving an insight into the effects of raising a special-needs child on a marriage as well as the long-term effects of childhood trauma and loss reaching far into adulthood. This is my first novel by Kaden and I am interested to read more from this author.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  • Simone
    2019-06-18 06:52

    When Patrick's daughter Aisha leaves her son Eli in his care one night, he is reluctant to babysit. Eli is on the autism spectrum and craves a rigid routine with no variation and as much as Patrick loves his grandchild he is of the old-school view that his "issues" can be solved with some more discipline. When morning comes and there is still no sign of Aisha Patrick is beside himself. Unable to cope with Eli's meltdowns, he is also desperately worried about his daughter who he knows would never voluntarily leave her son. Although everyone else seems to think she will just turn up, he knows that something terrible has happened to her.Aisha and Ryan had fallen in love at first sight. Despite coming from different worlds they had forged ahead with their relationship. Yet five years on they have hit a roadblock. Ryan had never wanted kids but gave in because Aisha craved it so much. Now worn down with caring for a high needs child Ryan has walked out of their home. Just one day later Aisha is gone too. It seems this can't be a coincidence but the police and family and friends have no clues where to start looking.Missing You is a wonderfully crafted story blending the very real issue of caring for a high needs child with a suspenseful mystery. I thought the switching POV worked well and kept the reader fully engaged with all threads of the story. The flashbacks woven into the narrative were also an important tool in giving the reader a true understanding of Ryan and Aisha's back story and how they have come to such an impasse in their relationship.I thought the voice of Patrick was especially authentic, hitting the exact right note of an Australian man of that age. I enjoyed the way his character developed as he and Eli found common ground in their tumultuous understanding of one another. The other thing I found to be very authentic was the portrayal of a child on the autism spectrum - the daily struggles and the sheer exhaustion it entails. But perhaps the most beautiful thing was showing the depth of parental love even when your child is not "normal".All in all Missing You is a powerful and compelling story that enveloped me in much the same way as Kylie's first book Losing Kate. It is an emotional and at time heartbreaking journey that kept me turning the pages right until the conclusion.

  • Rita
    2019-06-25 07:10

    Missing You is the second novel from Kaden and I enjoyed it very much. This book was very intriguing and kept me suspended the whole time I was reading it. This story explores about love, family dynamics and the difficulties in parenting, especially for a child with special needs.When Aisha and Ryan met after a party, it was love at first sight. Both of them were very different people and they wanted different things. Somehow, they manage to fall in love and stayed together. Ryan never wanted kids but he knew he wanted to be with Aisha forever. Soon, they would raise their son Eli but they never expected him having more needs than a normal child (he is autistic). Aisha spends most her time/day taking care of her Eli and spends less time with Ryan. Their relationship slowly turns apart, especially when secrets are revealed. In one night, everything changes: Ryan leaves his family without saying where he would go. Aisha visits her dad Patrick with Eli. Suddenly, she receives a mysterious phone call from a friend. She leaves her son to her dad and sister and she said she would come back soon. The next day, Aisha hasn’t come home. Several days later, there is still no news about Aisha. Patrick is worried about Aisha because she would never leave her son and voluntarily run off to find Ryan. The police gets involved and they later found her car abandoned with blood on the seat.This novel is narrated by different characters such as Aisha, Ryan and Patrick. The novel also alternates from the present (all three characters) to the past (Aisha and Ryan). We get to know more about the couple’s relationship from the beginning, which leads to their marriage, to Aisha’s pregnancy with Eli and their lives at the present moment. I was curious to know about Aisha and Ryan’s past so we can understand more about the present. I really wanted to know what was going on at the present moment (where is Aisha and Ryan, what happened to them, etc). I liked all the characters, especially Patrick and Eli. After a few days, Patrick got to understand more about his grandson and enjoys his company but fears for his daughter and son-in-law. The whole story was unexpected but I was disappointed with the ending which relies on the big mystery of the book. Overall, I did enjoy this book.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-14 07:13

    This is the story told in the voice of three characters - Aisha, Ryan and Patrick, Aisha's Dad. It tells the story of the couple Aisha and Ryan and their relationship as it grows from a young passionate romance to being married and parents for a child with high needs.When both Aisha and Ryan go missing and leave their son in the care of their grandfather Patrick, the story unfolds chapter by chapter from the start of their relationship to where they are today, and leads you on this fast paced journey to discover where they are and why they've gone missing.I really liked the way the book was written and seeing the different perspectives of the characters, I especially liked Ryan and being inside his head he is a passionate, happy, soul and sounds like a bit of a spunk! I was really interested in the chapters told by the grandfather as he got to know his grandson with Aspergers.If I'm honest I struggled with the ending, I felt it was a bit unrealistic that Aisha and Ryan wouldn't want to speak the whole truth of what happened when they were missing, their lack of honesty with each other on this didn't sit with the way the rest of the story was told.But regardless of that, I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down, I sat under the patio last weekend from morning until afternoon completely entranced and indulged myself in reading this from cover to cover in just one day.I recommend this book to suspense and thriller enthusiasts who like a bit of romance thrown in.

  • Tiffany
    2019-06-05 05:06

    Reviewed on Behalf of Give Me BooksI have to be honest and let you know that I had a really hard time getting into this book. I almost gave up around 25%, but I am really glad I didn’t. The story itself was very good. It was just very confusing at times being written in 3 different point-of-views as well as past and present. This is a story of finding your soul mate. “Aish.” His voice was tight with frustration, with fear. “I never want you to go. That’s the fucking problem.” But then being given a huge challenge of raising an autistic son. “He’s just like his mum – high maintenance, but worth the fight.” And not being sure if you are cut out for this life, this challenge, and taking a break from it all. Ryan and Aish are the perfect couple, or so it seems until their son comes along. Children change things in any marriage, but when you have an autistic child, the changes are harder. Ryan decides he needs a break and steps away from his family. While this happens, Aish goes missing. This story is about how the two meet as well as finding Aish and what they learn along the way. My favorite part of this book was the chapters from Patrick’s point-of-view and how he learned how to cope as sole caretaker of Eli while Aish is missing and Ryan is out surfing. Again, I did enjoy this book, it just took some time to really get into it (3.5 stars)

  • marlin1
    2019-06-23 07:04

    Aisha and Ryan want different things in life, Aisha wanted stability and a family, Ryan wanted freedom to surf and travel the world but they both agreed that they couldn't live without each other. Five years down the track of marriage and the birth of their autistic spectrum child Eli, cracks are starting to appear.After a disagreement Ryan has walked out and Aisha who is staying at her father's (Patrick) with Eli for a few days, doesn't return from a sudden late night appointment.The author's first novel 'Losing Kate' was one of my top reads last year, so I was really looking forward to this story and I found it just as mesmerising. The story is written in alternating points of view and while this on the whole is easy to follow, at times I had to gather myself to determine what time frame it was in. But really that was just a minor quibble, we are taken through Aisha and Ryan's thoughts from their first meeting to the present day. And we are also let into Patrick's world as he attempts to cope with Eli after Aisha has disappeared.Once again there are many layers to this story, not just about Aisha's and Ryan's disappearance where the suspense slowly builds. I found this a really enjoyable and satisfying novel, I think Kylie Kaden has become one of my favourite authors. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book

  • Sallyann Van leeuwen
    2019-05-28 00:54

    I found this to be quite a page turner, in a Caroline Overington kind of way. Told from three different points of view, this story reveals the relationship of Aisha and Ryan, and how it changes from just the two of them, to a family of three. Interspersed with Aisha's dad's POV, we see their relationship, not only from inside it, but from a fatherly perspective. When both Aisha and Ryan go missing and blood is found in Aisha's car, questions start being asked. Have they simply slipped away to have some time to themselves, or has someone met with foul play?Intriguing, and it had some great revealing paragraphs about love, and the compromises we make to create a family. The characters were clear and had many dimensions, good and bad. To me,the only flaw is Aisha storyline. I am over the character in a book that everyone loves and must have. I see why, especially In this story, but it is a little far fetched to think one person could be considered as perfect to three different people.

  • Keisha
    2019-06-13 23:03

    *reviewed on behalf of give me books* There were times when I just wanted to call it quits with this story. But because it technically did have my attention, just not all of it, that I continued on. I did complete this story, and while it did feel jumpy -like all over the place- I actually did enjoy this story. It is still a three star for me, but I really enjoyed the mystery behind Aisha's disappearance.Missing You is about that couple that after they've been together for soo long they just need a break to find their way back to each other. It's about the joys and hardships of having an autistic child, and a parent not knowing how to accept that. It's about reading people and knowing in your gut whether that person is good or bad.Missing You, while it had more downs than ups, really was a good story even if it did confuse me a little in the beginning.

  • Tania Joyce
    2019-06-02 06:47

    Great suspense. Thought provoking. Intriguing. The list could go one. This story about Aisha that leaves home in the middle of the night and doesn’t come home will keep you turning the pages to find out “who done it”.I loved the way this author weaved different time periods leading up to the event of Aisha’s disappearance with the different character’s points of view. It is clever and easy to follow.There were a few elements that didn’t add up in the end and the villain gets off too light in the end, but there is a happy ever after.I liked the reality of the story that it shows in spite of ups and downs people experience in their relationships, love can conquer. When you find that one person in your life that is your true love, nothing life throws at you will ever tear you apart.Well done, Kylie.