From the critically acclaimed author of Invisible City and Conviction, The Missing Hours is a novel about obsession, privilege, and the explosive consequences of one violent act.
From a distance, Claudia Castro has it all: a famous family, a trust fund, thousands of Instagram followers, and a spot in NYU’s freshman class. But look closer, and things are messier: her parents are separating, she’s just been humiliated by a sleazy documentary, and her sister is about to have a baby with a man she barely knows.
Claudia starts the school year resolved to find a path toward something positive, maybe even meaningful – and then one drunken night everything changes. Reeling, her memory hazy, Claudia cuts herself off from her family, seeking solace in a new friendship. But when the rest of school comes back from spring break, Claudia is missing.
Suddenly, the whole city is trying to piece together the hours of that terrible night.
Advance Praise for The Missing Hours
“The Missing Hours is not only a dark and well-paced thriller, but also a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of vengeance, survival, and justice.” —Alafair Burke
"Fast-paced and fierce, The Missing Hours is the gripping story of one woman’s struggle to determine what she can live with—and what she’ll never stop fighting for.” —Elizabeth Little
"The Missing Hours is propulsive storytelling at its best. With complex characters and a deft understanding of social dynamics, the novel also captures, in a powerful and nuanced way, the rich and complicated now. Highly recommended." —Lou Berney
“The Missing Hours is a swift, heart-pounding novel about money and power and violation. Claudia Castro is a vivid, sympathetic character, young and vulnerable but with an adamantine core. I was so invested in her story (and in the destruction of her enemies) that I burned through it in two days." —Steph Cha
“With depth and precision, Dahl turns her lens on the simple crime of being inside a woman's body. The Missing Hours is captivating, engrossing, but also raises uncomfortable questions, which makes it essential reading and does exactly what the best crime novels should.” —Ivy Pochoda
“The Missing Hours doesn't pull any punches, exploring multiple facets of assault, revenge, justice, and family. That said, it's utterly arresting, incredibly thoughtful, and in the end, as gripping as it is necessary. It'll stick with you long after you're done.” —Rob Hart
“Julia Dahl’s The Missing Hours pulls no punches as it explores the role that privilege, reputation, and family dysfunction play in the aftermath of a college student’s worst night. Remember to breathe, because Dahl has crafted a wickedly intense thriller that never lets up from the first page to the explosive finale.” —Jennifer Hillier
"With vivid and compelling insight, Dahl captures a reality that far too many women face as they come of age. The Missing Hours grabs you from the start and never lets go." —Wendy Walker
"A searing tale of sexual assault in the digital age. Dahl is a master at mining the complexities of crime and the urgent issues that arise from it, including the one pulsing at the heart of this harrowing novel: how can victims find justice and reclaim their power when a crime plays out endlessly on the internet? Timely, taut, and gripping—an absolute must-read." —Laura McHugh
“Julia Dahl is one of the most vibrant voices in crime fiction and The Missing Hours solidifies that with a timely, explosive novel that feels all-too-real, and echoes greats like Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin. I couldn’t stop thinking about this haunting, propulsive novel, and it will stick with me for a long, long time.” —Alex Segura
"A riveting tale of abuse and revenge that explores the dark underside of New York's privileged class, this book had me hooked from the very first page. Julia Dahl is a writer to watch!" —Alison Gaylin