She's Not Coming Home

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Philip Cox

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Matt Gibbons' wife texts him that she is leaving work and will be home soon. One evening she never returns home. He calls her office, but nobody there has heard of her. Trying to trace her himself, he learns that his wife died in a car crash several years ago...



Short Summary

Matt Gibbons is at home with his son, expecting his wife home any time soon. She texts that she is leaving her office, but never arrives home. Matt reports this to the police, but also searches himself. His search begins at her place of work, but nobody there has heard of her.

Matt has rescued his wife from her abductors, and she is in hospital. Her real identity has revealed her mother, and the story ends with Matt's son Nathan saying how cool it is to have two grandmothers.


Boston, New York

Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: Matthew Gibbons

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate,Insecure,Lone Wolf,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Honorable,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Lt Sam Weber

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Flexible,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Confident,Honorable,Selfless

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Development Pitch

This story is a mystery. Matthew Gibbons is a normal fanily man - an Everyman. He has a happy home life with his wife Ruth and son Nathan. As with most families, the Gibbons family has a routine, and their routine is that Ruth texts Matt when she leaves her office, and within an hour she is home. One night she never gets home. Eventually Matt reports her disappearance to the police, but also searches for her himself. He begins at her place of work, but nobody there knows her. As he continues his quest to find Ruth, he discovers more and more about her, and begins to feel that he never really knew her at all, up until her meets his mother-in-law, who tells him that his wife died in a car crash three years ago. This story would work best as a mini series or a standalone movie. The numerous pieces of information Matt discovers about Ruth prompt the question 'how can this be?' and a desire to undertake the quest with him to get an answer. When the denoument does come, it comes suddenly (after some teasing) and will leave audiences shocked at the explanation of who Ruth was, what happened to her, and who was the woman Matt married.

About The Author

Philip Cox was born and raised in the UK seaside town of Southend on Sea, which lies forty miles east of London. After graduating from High School, he began a career in UK Banking and Financial Services, and spent the next decades working his way through the ranks, finally becoming a Branch Manager of a major UK bank. Philip left banking after the birth of his first child to be a stay-at-home father, and it was during this time that, in between changing diapers/nappies, he began to write his first novel, ‘After the Rain’. Now having written ten books, he is based in Hertfordshire, some twenty miles north of London, with his wife and two daughters. During his spare time (what spare time there is between school runs and writing!), Philip enjoys indulging his interest in Model Railroading/Railways. He is tall and slim, has a few grey hairs, and wishes he could get to the gym more often. Philip’s website is, and he can be followed on twitter @philipcoxbooks, on Instagram, and facebook

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available