#BookReview ~ Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

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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 . . .

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (18 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CL290HI

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My Review

This is a splendid book. I had been in a rut of ‘similar’ rom-com which I love but wanted something entirely different and this certainly provided that.

Sophie and Francesca (Frankie) best friends since childhood, living in a small town where a lot of the entertainment seemed to rotate around the pier, pubs and nightclubs as they grew up.

The story is told from both of their points of view .. Sophie’s are based 18 years earlier as a diary.

Frankie moves away, new town, new job, new life. Sophie disappears without a trace the only clue is her trainer left near the pier. Therefore missing presumed drowned.

When Daniel, Sophie’s brother and old boyfriend of Frankie’s suddenly calls her out of the blue after 18 years to tell her remains have been found and it is thought to be Sophie she returns to her hometown to help him with the ID/mystery etc

What follows is an account of how their lives panned out, we hear how Frankie’s Dad treated Sophie and get to know all the various friends of the time.

I was gripped throughout this thinking the ending was going to be predictable but as it all unfolds it becomes apparent what a cleverly written book it is and I highly recommend it. Pure tension and complete astonishment at the revelations.

I will now check out  The Sisters also by this author. Thanks to Netgalley, publisher and author for my copy. stars-4-0-_v192197091_

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