Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
Published August 11, 2016 by Penguin
Genre: Mystery Thriller
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.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Yay for another thriller book! And I guess what differentiates this from the other thrillers I have read so far, was that this book was just sketchy af. Literally found it hard for me to believe or side with anyone on this story.
The book starts with Frankie (now everyone calls her Francesca) receiving a call from Daniel, the brother of Sophie. Sophie is her best friend who disappeared back when they were in their twenties, and Daniel was calling to tell Frankie that they found a match to Sophie’s body. Frankie is asked to return home to help identify the body, as well as help find out what really happened the night Sophie disappeared.
This book gives off some Mara Dyer vibes (is she seeing ghosts? is she crazy? or are people messing with her head and Sophie actually is still alive), then add a dash of Pretty Little Liars with some anonymous threats and attempts to spook Frankie into revealing A Big Secret Relevant To The Plot.
The story was interesting, but not gripping enough for me I think? It didn’t have much of that “Couldn’t Put It Down”-ness. I didn’t really sympathize with any of the characters and the Big Plot Reveal didn’t come off as a shocker to me anymore. But! That could be because I’m a fan of thrillers and suspect everything when I know I’m reading one, but lol that’s just me. All the characters have something to hide, and their secrets start catching up to them one by one.
Overall it was so-so. Not really bad, and enough to satisfy your thriller cravings if you do have them.