Claire Douglas

Local Girl Missing

"...very well written and made me want to know what happened."


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.

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'Local Girl Missing' is written in the present tense from Frankie's perspective and also in the past tense from Sophie's, so the tale is set over a couple of decades. I enjoyed the way this was written; an event would be given from one point of view and then would be given from the other. It would be down to the reader to decide which character to believe after getting to know each of them throughout the book. Douglas slowly introduces each of the characters, giving most of them either a motive or opportunity for Sophie's disappearance. Whilst I did feel that one of the plot threads was quite transparent, I wasn't expecting the ending. The book was very well written and made me want to know what happened.

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