Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Review: Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

Local Girl Missing
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 . . .

Shona's review 3 of 5 stars

This book tells the story of Sophie and her disappearance, told from Sophies POV in the form of diary entries leading up to her disappearance and from Frankies (Francesca) POV after the discovery of a body twenty years after her friend disappeared. With both stories coming together to reveal what actually happened that night.

This book was a bit of a slow burner for me, it took quite a while for me to settle in to, but it has several twists that you likely wont see coming, and some that you might just be able to guess at. It was definitely enough to keep me reading til the end. 

I cant help but feel Douglas had written herself in to a corner and was unsure how the tale was going to end and so came up with the outcome but didn't iron out all the holes so just hoped we wouldn't remember some details, or that we'd simply ignore them. The ending for me was a mixture of yes that could happen and I know its a work of fiction but it should be believable,

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