The Missing Girl
28th December 2017
A moving debut novel from a graduate of the Curtis Brown Creative writing course
When Anne Flores’ sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too, just as soon as she can: running as far away from from her family as possible, eventually building a life for herself abroad.
Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother’s possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother’s death, but also the huge hole Gabriella’s disappearance left in her life – and finds herself asking a question she’s not allowed to ask herself for years: what really happened to her sister?
With that question comes the revelation that her biggest fear isn’t discovering the worst; it’s never knowing the answer. But is it too late for Anna to uncover the truth about Gabriella’s disappearance?
Praise for Jenny Quintana
‘A gripping debut from a serious new talent’
Erin Kelly, author of He Said, She Said
‘Quintana’s writing is exceptional, full of rich detail and evocative prose, and I was wholly immersed in Anna’s world from page one. While this is undoubtedly a read-in-one-sitting page-turner, the beauty of the writing makes you want to savour each and every line. A triumph of a first novel’
Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
‘A superbly taut novel, beautifully written, atmospheric and nuanced, and full of emotional truths’
Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle
‘Beautifully written and quietly haunting’
Penny Hancock, author of Tideline
‘A wonderful book, beautifully written, moving, I absolutely loved it’
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
About the author
Jenny Quintana grew up in Essex in Berkshire, before studying English Literature in London. She has taught in London, Seville and Athens and has also written a book for teaching English as a foreign language. She is a graduate of the Curtis Brown Creative writing course. She now lives in Berkshire with her family. The Missing Girl is her first novel.