Someone knows where she is…
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?
Harrowing, electrifying, and thoroughly compelling, Local Girl Missing showcases once again bestselling author Claire Douglas’ extraordinary storytelling talent.
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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 Marie Claire’s Debut Novel Award for her first book, The Sisters, which became a bestseller. She lives in Bath, England, with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Full of twists and turns and secrets! I didnt want to put it down, I wanted to solve the puzzle! Will definitely be buying more from this Author.
Hard to keep track of characters.
The book Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas is a book whose genre is mystery, drama, fiction and thriller. The book starts off dramatically when the main character receives a call that informs Frankie that her best friend’s remains have been found. She hesitates about going back to the town where her best friend disappeared but eventually goes. After barely arriving, she starts getting paranoid with noises, letters, and feels someone is creeping up on her and starts questioning who is out to get her. Moving on, the book has two points of view that goes back and forth with one another. First you start off with Frankie and then the point of view changes to that of her best friend, Sophie and both are not the same years as Frankie is telling it in 2016, and Sophie in the 90’s. The pace of the book seemed to drag a lot, such example of it dragging is taking nearly 5 chapters to find out how a character dies which was worth the wait because this novel is rich in detail and imagery. Next, the antagonist of the story is Frankie who murdered Jason and attempted to murder her best friend who tried blaming everything at Leon, who was Sophie’s boyfriend. Then there is Daniel who seems to be the protagonist because he sets up Frankie to try to make her confess about murdering Jason and the attempted murder of Sophie making him be the good guy. Changing the course, the major conflict in the story is when Daniel follows Frankie to the pier since she had an illusion about Sophie’s ghostly image and then he confronts her with her dark truth. She incriminates herself and goes on a rage but sadly falls on the water and is never seen again. Its sad that Frankie had to die or end up being the murderer because she happened to be my favorite character from the book due to her being self-reliant and lack of showing emotion to any man is what made me attached to her. Since she is my favorite character, I would totally change the last scene where she goes on a rage and stumbles on the sea to her only getting arrested because such a good character doesn’t deserve to vanish that quick. Last but not least, is that I totally loved this book to the extent that I strongly recommend anyone who loves the grey skies with lots rain and plot twists to get and read this novel because it just shows perfection of a writter.
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas is a recommended mystery about the past catching up with the present. Sophie Collier disappeared in 1997, eighteen years ago, off the old, decaying pier at Oldcliffe-on-Sea. Her body was never found, but she did leave one of her shoes behind. Her best friend Frankie Howe (now Francesca Bloom) and her brother Daniel talked to the police at the time but no one could piece together what happened and why Sophie was on the pier that night. Now a foot that survived intact covered by a shoe has washed up on shore and is thought to be Sophie's remains. Daniel calls Frankie, who is now living in London, to come back to Oldcliffe while the remains are identified and to help him try to piece together again what happened that night. He believes this will give them both closure. Daniel arranges a rental apartment that overlooks the pier, which Frankie finds disturbing. He wants Frankie to go with him to talk to some of the people who were at the nightclub the night Sophie disappeared. Did Sophie have a fight with her boyfriend or was she meeting someone else? He is hoping that someone saw something or is willing to provide new information after all these years. Frankie is unsettled by the rental where it seems that someone is entering it when she is gone and she is losing sleep because a baby is crying in one of the units nightly. The rental is always cold; the fire is hard-pressed to stay lit and it is the middle of winter. Even more disturbing is that Frankie seems to be seeing Sophie's ghost and someone is leaving threatening notes at her doorstep. The narrative alternates from Frankie's point of view in the present to Sophie's from the past, in 1997. The information in the two narratives don't always correspond to each other. The two share a big secret, but Sophie has many things she hasn't shared with Frankie, and Frankie has also kept some things secret from Sophie. It is apparent that there is more going on than we realize and that Frankie might not be the most reliable narrator. This is a secret-laden novel where more is going on and has happened than meets the eye. The writing was good. There are some twists you will easily guess or suspect and perhaps one you won't. For a successful business woman, Frankie seems a little too easily rattled, needy, and over emotional. She's also missing the effervescent sparkling personality she is reputed to have and comes across as whiny. Douglas gives us the creepy feeling that everyone in town knows that Frankie is back, but never makes excellent use of this feeling once she establishes it. This is a satisfying novel and the ending is good, if not totally believable. This is a good choice for a summer beach read by an old pier, especially if there are plenty of drunk twenty-somethings hanging out on it. 3.5 Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Francesca (Frankie) Howe and Sophie Collier grow up together in Bristol, England. When Sophie arrives in school in the first grade, she is a bedraggled little girl and Frankie immediately takes her under her wing and becomes her best friend. They spend many days together in the summertime on the beach and as they grow a little older, they hang with their friends at the local bars and dance clubs. Frankie’s family is fairly wealthy as her Dad and Mom own a large hotel where they all live. Frankie’s Dad is handsome and very outgoing and Frankie loves him. Her Mom has never been very affectionate with her. Her Dad has always welcomed Sophie into their family and both girls work in the hotel in the summertime. When it was time to go back to school, Sophie always misses Frankie as she attends a posh boarding school and Sophie goes to the local school. When the girls are 21, Sophie disappeared from a club in Bristol in 1997. It was assumed that she drowned after falling off a pier. Her shoe was found on the pier but her body was never found. Now, Frankie is working for her father’s firm. The man has just had a stroke and is seriously ill. When she receives a call from Sophie’s brother, Daniel, she is shocked. She hasn’t heard from him in years. It appears that some remains have washed up and the authorities are trying to decide if it could be Sophie. Daniel begs her to return to the town and be with him to see if it truly is Sophie and they can finally put the past behind them. Nervous and scared, Sophie agrees. While there and waiting for the tests on the remains to be completed, Frankie again meets people who knew her and Sophie years ago who show animosity toward her and strange things happen that scare her. This is a good story that builds perfectly giving out clues in bits and pieces and keeping the reader glued to the book wondering what really happened to Sophie. I believe people who like a good mystery will definitely want to read this one. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.