Sophie McKenzie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son. She has worked as a journalist and a magazine editor, and now writes full time. She has tallied up numerous award wins and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
At the outset of British author McKenzie's uneven first adult novel and U.S. debut, Geniver Loxley receives shocking news: her child, apparently stillborn eight years earlier, may actually be alive-and her devoted husband, Art, may have been responsible for the deception. The information understandably shatters Gen's world, and assisted by attractive bad-boy Lorcan Byrne, she begins unraveling the mystery. While the plot unfurls nicely, some readers may be impatient with the bland, waffling Gen, who spends much of her time debating which man she ought to trust in helping her uncover the truth. Foregrounding Gen's inner feelings hampers the development of genuine tension. McKenzie (Missing Me) works diligently to fulfill genre expectations, providing shoals of red herrings and blithely killing off auxiliary characters before they reveal anything more than fragments of useful information. Those who like their thrillers with heaping spoonfuls of romance will be satisfied. Announced first printing of 150,000. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gen Loxley and her husband, Art, desperately want a child. It has been eight years since their daughter, Beth, was delivered stillborn, and although Gen still wants to be a mother, the endless rounds of IVF have taken their toll, not only on her body but also on her marriage. Adding to her stress is Art's overbearing sister, Morgan, and the pressure to conform to the lifestyle of a driven and successful husband. When a woman comes to her door claiming that Beth is still alive, Gen doesn't know what to think, but something inside of her says the woman is telling the truth. Soon, Gen is following a trail of deception that just might lead back to her own front door. Verdict British YA and children's author McKenzie (Girl, Missing; Sister, Missing) makes her U.S. debut with her first psychological thriller for adults. Told in Gen's voice, the story's tension mounts with palpable dread, and, at first, it's not quite clear if her suspicions are real, or the delusions of a woman still grieving for a lost child.The suspense throughout this creepy novel is exquisite, and the twists are true shockers. This one packs an emotional punch. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/13; 150,000-copy first printing.]-Kristin Centorcelli, Denton, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.