LOCAL GIRL MISSING by CLAIRE DOUGLAS#wwwblog#amreading#bookreview#mysterythriller@Dougieclaire

Local Girl Missing


The old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie’s brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can’t keep hiding from what happened. With her own secrets to keep, Francesca doesn’t relish the idea of digging up the past or returning to Oldcliffe. But it is time to go back to where she grew up, and it looks like she isn’t the only one there hiding truths.



Francesca has a pretty good life and since her dad’s stroke she heads the family’s very successful business in London but a phone call from someone in her past will change all that. Eighteen years ago Sophie, Frankie’s best friend, disappeared after an evening out and the only trace of her was her shoe at the end of the Somerset pier. Now her remains have finally washed up on the shore. Daniel, Sophie’s brother, wants Frankie to help piece together Sophie’s last night and find out who was responsible for her death.

Wow this a such an atmospheric book that gives you that feeling of being watched, those uneasy eerie shudder moments, the someone just walked over your grave sort. The story travels between present day, where Frankie and Daniel try to piece together who would want or need Sophie dead and in the past as Sophie shares her diary entries leading up to her demise. The whole story is made even more creepier because it is Winter time in the now deserted seaside town and the holiday lets are empty apart from the odd one or two.

This is a slow build novel not racy but you just can’t stop reading. There are some pretty nasty characters in this which makes it hard to second guess what has actually happened. This is a terrific story with so many very deep thought provoking moments. Loved the whole book right to the last page. I wish to thank Netgalley and Michael Joseph Penguin UK for this arc. I chose to review this novel.


Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS.

Her second novel, LOCAL GIRL MISSING (Penguin), is a Sunday Times bestseller.

Twitter @Dougieclaire

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