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 . . .
Kylie Kaden's Missing You drew me in from page one, from the opening line. The suspense begins as soon as the story begins and, as you learn Aisha's story and grow to love her more and more, you become desperate to know where the hell she's disappeared to.
I loved Losing Kate, Kaden's other story about a missing woman, but Missing You is even better. And I think that's because of the different kinds of love that are so intimately detailed here - the love between grandfather and grandson, the love between father and daughter, the love between new parents and their wondrous baby and then the same parents with the same baby as he develops into an exhausting special needs child. But most of all I connected with the love between lovers turned parents - Aisha and Ryan. It's not often you read books where a relationship is stripped back and presented raw like it is here. The love at first sight, all-consuming passion between them is intoxicating but Aisha and Ryan become infinitely more interesting when they're challenged with the unglamorous day to day routine of caring for a special needs child. That's where real love is tested and that's where Aisha and Ryan's love crumbles...or does it?
Kaden's finely executed mystery surrounding Aisha's disappearance, together with the cast of believable characters and their believable relationships, and throwing in her honest writing style full of evocative imagery, makes this book a hauntingly beautiful read. Looking forward to what Kaden gives us next!
Kylie graduated with an honours degree in psychology from Queensland University of Technology in 2000, but cites it helps little with meeting the challenges of parenting in the real world. She shares her frazzled parenting experiences in her regular column in My Child magazine, and is a strong advocate for telling it like it is when it comes to the struggles (and joys) of raising kids.
Kylie knew writing was in her blood from a young age, using her brother’s Commodore 64 to invent stories as a child. Her current novel took shape as she drank tea at the kitchen bench, often with a toddler on her lap and ABC Kids chirping in the background.
Kylie considers being a novelist the best job in the world – what other occupation lets you wear Ugg boots to work and make things up for a living?
To learn more about Kylie, visit her website www.kyliekaden.com.au or find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KylieKadenAuthor/?fref=ts
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An interview with Kylie Kaden:
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
Missing You is about relationships under pressure. It introduces Aisha: an offbeat beauty, struggling to be the mum she never had. Ryan: an opportunistic-charmer, coming to terms with being the dad he never knew he wanted to be, and Pat, a stuck-in-his-ways grandpa lumbered with the care of a difficult 4yo grandson Eli: who sees the world differently to the rest of us. Sure, there is a mystery lurking in the periphery of each page, but it is equal parts a love story. The heart of the book lies in shared snippets of Aisha and Ryan’s once-happy marriage – their extraordinary love shackled in an ordinary life, and they struggle to keep their relationship alive with the realities of parenting and modern life. Along with the mystery, the novel asks, in the context of the realities of modern marriage, can love conquer all? I hope they take away the notion that real marriage is tough, but true love can last forever.
Which Hollywood stars would you like to see play the lead roles in the movie version of Missing You?
Hollywood? No thanks. My books are unapologetically Australian. I’ve been enjoying the dynamic between Hugh and Charlie on the new series Doctor Doctor, so I’d have to go with Roger Corser for Ryan (he’s cocky enough), and Nicole da Silva for the feisty Aisha.
What do you love the most about the main character in your book?
Her resilience, and her flaws.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am not sure what this says about my own mental health, but my stories seem to be getting darker. The Day The Lies Began (working title) starts with a body, two couples, and one big lie.
(How great is this title!! Can’t wait to read it!– Tess.)
What is the best piece of writing advice you have received?
Be subtle. Give the reader more credit. Sometimes to get them to lean in, you have to pull away.
What aspects of storytelling do you like the best, and what aspects do you struggle with the most?
I find the easiest way to show character’s under conflict is dialogue, which I love. I struggle with structure – largely due to the mystery element in my books - I drip feed readers with the clues, and rarely reveal the story chronologically to keep the suspense. But trying to piece all those chapters together is like tiling a mosaic!
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
What would your dream office look like?
A rustic worker’s cottage at the beach, filled with an endless supply of coke zero, sav blanc and cheese, my dog (and none of my three children).
Describe a typical day in your life.
I wake from uninterrupted slumber on a bed of Egyptian silk to the blissful patter of tiny feet as my delightful sons hug me good-morning, glance at the clock and realise they’ve let me sleep in, the cherubs. I eat a high protein, low fat breakfast prepared by my husband before he left for work, to keep me energised to craft The Great Australian Novel, I take a moment to reflect on yesterday’s work, and sip my tea while the nanny prepares nutritious, organic lunches for said cherubs, who are quietly finishing their homework, and, in a cloud of creativity and perfect focus, I go on to spend the day purging perfectly formed prose through my fingertips while my personal assistant runs errands and prepares dinner.
And if you didn’t know I make things up for a living, you do now…
(Think calamity, mayhem, forgotten hats, lost library books, snippets of stolen writing time broken by a grocery run and you’re closer to my reality. But no one wants to read that.)
Your most epic fashion fail (include photos)!
The fashion-victim trifecta (circa 1989) Double Stonewash Denim, with runners, and a scrunchy!