Saturday, 29 October 2016

Book Review - Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas


TITLE - Local Girl Missing

AUTHOR - Claire Douglas


PUBLISHER - Penguin UK


Synopsis from Amazon


Twenty years ago
21-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night.
She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier -
and a hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca.

Now
A body's been found.
And Francesca's drawn back to the seaside town she's tried to forget.
Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out. Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn't returned.

Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past.
The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.
But if someone knows what really happened to Sophie that night then now's the time to find out - isn't it? 

Except sometimes discovering the truth can cost you everything you hold dear - your family, your sanity and even your life . . .


MY REVIEW

Oh I loved this one!

Frankie and Sophie were Childhood Friends. Friends that appear to have secrets. When Sophie was 21 yrs old, she suddenly disappeared on a night out. Her trainer was found on the pier so there was the assumption that she had an unfortunate accident. But was it? Rumours abound in this seaside town.

Many years later, Sophies Brother Daniel, who carried a torch for Frankie, made contact with Frankie to say that remains have turned up, and they are possibly Sophie's. He needs Frankie's help as he believes his Sister was murdered.

The book then becomes a completely compelling read and I couldn't put it down. Suspects kept turning up in the form of ex-boyfriends; friends and even their siblings. It is a real modern day whodunnit!

There are so many twists and turns in the book. You think you've worked out who did it, if it was indeed a murder, only to realise you're wrong, again, questioning if it was indeed an accident. The book is engrossing and unpredictable. I just don't understand the 1 and 2 star reviews as to me this was one of the best crime novels I've read this year. Intriguing storyline and numerous interesting characters. I shall certainly be adding this author to my list of favourites if all her books are as good as this.

Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to read this.