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Publisher's Summary

The disappearance of a young internet celebrity ignites a firestorm of speculation on social media, and to find her a detective will have to extinguish the blaze.  

Chloe Cates is missing. The 13-year-old star of the hit YouTube series CC and Me has disappeared, and nobody knows where she’s gone - least of all ruthless momager Jennifer Scarborough, who has spent much of her daughter’s young life crafting a child celebrity persona that is finally beginning to pay off. And in Chloe’s absence, the faux-fairy-tale world that supported that persona begins to fracture, revealing secrets capable of reducing the highly dysfunctional Scarborough family to rubble. 

Anxious to find her daughter and preserve the life she’s worked so hard to build, Jennifer turns to social media for help, but the hearsay, false claims, and salacious suspicions only multiply. As the search becomes as sensational as Chloe’s series, Missing Persons Detective Emilina Stone steps in, only to realize she has a connection to this case herself. Will she be able to stay objective and cut through the rumors to find the truth before it’s too late?

Told from multiple points of view including Jennifer, Emilina, and pages from Chloe’s lost diary, Chloe Cates Is Missing is a suspenseful novel of a child pushed to the brink, and of the troubled family that desperately needs her back. 

©2022 Mandy McHugh (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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I wish Chloe was missing from my audiobook library

I found this tedious and irritating. The narration was awful and the female voicing the police detective was especially grating and robotic. I thought the story was just extremely stupid. The execution is very heavy-handed. How many times do we need to hear about a 13 year old girl getting her period? Enough. I'm glad other people seemed to enjoy it, but it was not for me.

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No spoilers! But there might be some non-spoilery comments you may prefer not to even get in your head, I tried to be as vague as possible. I don’t reveal anything about the plot here.

This is a pretty good book. Overall the narration is excellent, although the mom and Chloe both can be a bit dramatic.

I found the story to remain engaging for the book length, the plot turns and twists were not all that surprising, even the ending. Where the author really nails it in my opinion is the character of Chloe’s mom, she has nightmare momager done so well that it made me shrink back in disdain quite a few times.

Without spoiling it, I find the weaknesses in the characterizations and some plot issues to be with Chloe’s dad and the police detective who is trying to solve this case. I’m still not sure how one could be so weak and the other could have that history. (Neither relates to the other).

I enjoy mysteries and found this one to be worthy of a binge listen and a relisten to see if anything makes any more sense the second time around. I do have to wonder…maybe I missed something…how did the momager turn out to be so awful? I mean, we know this from the first page of the book, even the description, but I don’t know how she came to be so utterly insufferable and horrific. I do feel like a plot hole is left unexplained at the end, my last question is “Is this character going to do the right thing or did we find that out just to know she continued on with life as usual?”

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Decent story…

…but it did not keep me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the book but did listen to it on 1.3 speed to make it move along at a little bit of a quicker pace.
The narration is good but no matter how good they can’t ramp up the dramatic intensity or make the story more interesting.
I’m glad I got this on an Audible flash sale for $5.00.
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Well done

I was looking for a new author and I saw a tweet that the book was listed in the top 40 on an Amazon list. I’m really glad I bought the audiobook. Solid story and narration.

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Gripping!

This book is very entertaining Narrators are amazing. Character development is on point. The story keeps you at the end of your seat. Definitely worth the credit!

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Campy fun


Jennifer, a YouTube celebrity with her daughter Abigail (Chloe Cates), puts making money ahead of parenting her thirteen year old daughter. When Abby goes missing suspicion falls on Jennifer as well as Abby’s brother and father. Leading the investigation, Emilina, who shares a childhood secret with Jennifer.

I’m a sucker for a missing kid book and was excited to get my hands on an ARC of CHLOE CATES IS MISSING. Told from multiple points of view, including Abby’s diary entries, none of the characters was particularly likable. I had a lot of empathy for Abby, forced into the Chloe persona before she had a choice, being responsible for her family’s livelihood shouldn’t have been her responsibility. Without Chloe, the character her mother created almost a decade earlier, there would be no income. I had difficulty finding any redeeming qualities in Jennifer.

Theories of Abby’s disappearance changed throughout CHLOE CATES IS MISSING. I wouldn’t have blamed her for running away and also worried Jennifer had killed her among other possibilities. I can’t say that I guessed the ending but it was one of the items on my very long list.

Mandy McHugh created a topical mystery that also asks important questions about social media fame including when parental pressure spurs that fame before a child can consent as well as who gets the income and why aren’t children protected the way they are for child actors. Readers will love CHLOE CATES IS MISSING. It would also make a great miniseries.

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WHAT ???

I really was enjoying the story, great mystery that kept me paying attention more than I have done for other books. But the ending..oh my gosh!! That was a disappointment. The way it ended to me said one word Equal