Synopsis from Edelweiss:
The old Victorian pier was a thing of beauty until it was allowed to decay. It was where the youth of Oldcliffe-on-Sea would go to hang out. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier disappeared eighteen years ago.
Francesca Howe, known as Frankie, was Sophie’s best friend, and even now she is haunted by the mystery of what happened to her. When Frankie gets a call from Sophie’s brother, Daniel, informing her that human remains have been found washed up nearby, she immediately wonders if it could be Sophie, and returns to her old hometown to try and find closure. Now an editor at a local newspaper, Daniel believes that Sophie was terrified of someone and that her death was the result of foul play rather than “death by misadventure,” as the police claim.
Daniel arranges a holiday rental for Frankie that overlooks the pier where Sophie disappeared. In the middle of winter and out of season, Frankie feels isolated and unnerved, especially when she is out on the pier late one night and catches a glimpse of a woman who looks like Sophie. Is the pier really haunted, as they joked all those years ago? Could she really be seeing her friend’s ghost? And what actually happened to her best friend all those years ago?
About: Local Girl Missing is a psychological thriller written by Claire Douglas. It will be published on 7/4/17 by Harper Paperbacks, an imprint of Harper Collins, 352 pages. The genres are fiction, psychological thriller, suspense, and mystery. Please see more information about the author below. (I’m not clear why Goodreads indicated that this book was published by Penguin, maybe UK version? I love the UK cover! and it was originally published in 8/11/16 in UK I believe..)
My Experience: I started reading Local Girl Missing on 5/30/17 and finished it on 6/5/17. This book is the best mystery I have read so far! I love everything about it. This book is so good that often I could not tear my eyes away. The story is very fascinating and it captures my attention completely. I love the ending and I couldn’t guess the outcome. I love the organization of this novel and how the mystery unravels little by little.
In this book, readers will follow alternating point of views between Francesca (Frankie) Howe and Sophie (Soph) Collier, best friends for the longest time. They both live in Oldcliffe-on-Sea, a small town near Bristol. Frankie, an only child, came from a well-to-do family where her parents own a hotel in town. Sophie lives with her mom and older brother. They ran away from an ugly past. Frankie has beauty, money, and attention. Sophie likes to curl up in bed with her novels. As Frankie and Sophie’s friendship blooms, they tend to fall for the same guy. There was a mystery surrounding a guy named Jason. Then almost two decades later, parts of Sophie’s remains has surfaced and Sophie’s older brother Daniel invited Frankie back to town to solve the mystery of Sophie’s death. This novel is told in alternating point of views with Frankie in the present day and Sophie in the past leading up to her gone missing. Sophie is communicating to readers through her diary entries.
This thriller is beautifully written. I love the alternating point of views because it doesn’t leave me in the dark as to what is going on. I don’t fully know the details until the big reveal at the end, but I know enough to want to read more. I like how so many people can be a suspects and I love that I couldn’t guess who it was. All the characters are great players in this book. There is a lot going on and I enjoyed following the characters throughout and connecting the dots. I love a book with an epilogue and this book has it. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: suspense, alternating POV, mystery, adrenaline rush, couldn’t put down, page turner, fast paced, well-written, family, epilogue
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award for her first book, The Sisters, which became a bestseller. Local Girl Missing is her second novel. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Claire Douglas, publisher Harper, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please assure that my opinions are honest.