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.
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…
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas – Review
For some reason, this book took me ages to read. This definitely wasn’t down to the story, though. I read over 50% in 2 days, but I just got so busy with Christmas and my 22nd birthday! (I also explained why I was distracted for a while in this post.)
Local Girl Missing follows Frankie, a once popular girl from a small down called Oldcliffe, near Brean Sands. She lives in London (she couldn’t wait to get away from Oldcliffe). Years ago, her best friend Sophie went missing. It was suspected that she fell off the old dilapidated pier, and the case was ruled as ‘death by misadventure’. 18 years later, a trainer suspected to be Sophie’s is found. Frankie must travel back to Oldcliffe to work with Sophie’s brother Daniel, and find out what actually happened to Sophie all those years ago.
If you’ve read some of my reviews in the past, you might know I love a book with alternating perspectives. Local Girl Missing did this quite well. It told Frankie’s story in present day, and it is interrupted with excerpts from Sophie’s diary just before she went missing.
“It was gripping and tense – perfect for a mystery thriller!”
I did find it a little irritating sometimes when, in Frankie’s perspective, she kept talking ‘to’ Sophie by saying “you” (e.g. “I miss you, Sophie”) but as I read more of the story, I realised it worked really well. It wouldn’t have worked the same way without it. It added a chill to the story when Frankie was certain she could see Sophie’s ghost, and she kept saying things like “I can see someone standing on the pier. It’s you.”
There were some times when I felt the narrative was a little slow. However, overall it was gripping and tense – perfect for a mystery thriller! I loved the story and when I did actually get the time to sit down and read it, I flew through it. As for the ending… oh my god, talk about a twist in the tale! I LOVE a good twist. I can’t believe how much happened in the space of a couple of chapters! The whole mystery was wrapped up very quickly (maybe a little too quickly in parts), but I enjoyed it. I couldn’t stop reading and I ended up racing along! Was I completely satisfied by the ending? Maybe about 80%. But it definitely had the shock factor, and I love that!
Thank you for this book, NetGalley. I’m glad I read it!
Note: I received this book for free from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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