From the author of The Sisters - one of the best-selling debuts of 2015 - comes a tense psychological thriller ripped straight from the headlines....
Twenty years ago 21-year-old Sophie Collier vanished one night. She left 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....
©2016 Claire Douglas (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks
"Compelling and page-turning, wonderfully written and impossible to second guess with a brilliant twist." (Debbie Howells, best-selling author of Richard and Judy selection The Bones of You)
Praise for The Sisters:
"Grippingly claustrophobic and unpredictable on every page: perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train." (Marie Claire)
"Tension oozes from every page...[an] addictive read that will leave you on the edge of your seat." (Sun)
"As soon as I finished the first page, I knew I wouldn't be able to put this down.... I thoroughly enjoyed it." (Good Housekeeping)
"Unforgettably dark and complex." (Woman & Home)
A good story but it took a while to get going. I almost gave up on this as it got very dreary in the middle. I persevered because I'm reluctant to leave things unfinished, the setting was a familiar one to me (a very British seaside town) and I was drawn back to some of the characters. I thought I'd guessed the ending but I was wrong, and then very wrong! Some reviewers have observed that the ending was too convenient but I thought it was quite clever.
The narration was good, it needed the two different voices, though the male voices didn't come across too well.
Avid reader but quite new to audio books.
I really loved Local Girl Missing. The story kept me engaged from beginning to end. Claire Douglas is an exceptional writer. Equal amounts of characterisation and intrigue. Lots of dialogue and no lengthy pages of descriptions. Hannah Murray and Emilia Fox are excellent narrators. They really brought the characters to life. Highly recommended.
what an awesome listen! great voices, great narrators, exciting story that pulls you in and won't let go. am unexpected twist at the end! loved the book!
The storyline was not good enough to pull me through the dreadful narration by Hannah Murray. Never before have I heard anyone who simultaneously managed to gabble and drawl all at the same time. I found it so bad I was unable to make it through to the end. Emilia Fox was fine, but oh dear - no more Hannah Murray for me!
More believable writing on the diary. I get she's a writer in the end, but the diary seems so forced and some of the choices of phrasing are weird and very un-diary-like. Sophie's age at the time of the diary pages was hard for me to place at first too, she seemed to be about 16 or so and I had to continually remind myself she was older.
All in all a slow book with strange writing and a perplexing series of choices made by two-dimensional characters. I saw flickers of a good and thrilling book in the paranoia that Frankie was facing at times - there could have been something very interesting at that point, but those hopes were dashed when the big reveal came about and the plot descended into something unbelievable and illogical. Forced plot, often cartoonish characters and bizarre ending with no real consequences.
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