Claire Douglas

Then She Vanishes

"..manages to keep the intrigue and suspense going with plenty of red herrings..."


Everything changed the night Flora Powell disappeared.

Heather and Jess were best friends - until the night Heather's sister vanished. Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather.

But now Heather is accused of an awful crime. And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she's avoided for so long:

What really happened the night Flora disappeared?

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As a child, Jess spent a lot of time with sisters Heather and Flora. Now two decades on, Jess works as a reporter, Flora has been missing for 18 years and Heather has been accused of killing two people. 'Then She Vanishes' flits from present to past, telling the story of the friends and what happened leading up to the time Flora disappeared, with the narration of the present dealing with the investigation of the two murders. There are many threads to this story, with each person having a sub-plot of their own. Each thread is intertwined with the other, with them all being connected somehow. Some I have to say are very tenuous links and felt too manufactured to be believable. The author manages to keep the intrigue and suspense going with plenty of red herrings and false leads, although a couple of them were very transparent and easy to guess. The book was well written. I enjoyed the style of writing and Douglas gave enough to her characters that I not only liked them but also wanted them to be ok. Each of the characters had their flaws, making them easy to empathise with. This book was easy to get into and kept a fast pace all the way through.

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