Twenty years ago
21-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night.
She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier –
and a hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca.
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 . . .
My review: 5/5
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
Frankie has returned to OldCiffe on Sea following the discovery of a body thought to be that of her best friend Sophie, who disappeared over the old pier aged 21. Sophie’s death had been recorded as misadventure but her brother Daniel is convinced that there was more to it than this and asks Frankie to return home to help him uncover what happened to Sophie.
Frankie’s return is not a happy one, lots of unexplained events frighten the living daylights out of her while the locals are derisive of “Lady Frankie” and her return from London, she is desperate to leave OldCliffe on Sea but doesn’t want to leave Daniel to deal with things on his own.
This book will have your head spinning, There are so many red herrings that you will suspect everyone and be blown away by the outcome.
The story is told from Frankie’s point of view in the present and in Sophie’s voice as a teenager writing in her diary in the events leading up to her death, this works well in the book and lends well to the reader trying to work out what happened. There are lots of hidden secrets in OldCliffe and these are divulged throughout the book.
I loved the character development even though some of the characters were so unlikelable! My heart went out to Sophie as we hear her story develop through her diary. There are so many people you feel that you cannot trust and as a reader you feel you are watching your back at all times! Sophie just seemed so young and vulnerable in her diary that you couldn’t help feeling just some of what she went through!
I loved the book’s seaside setting, Claire’s description had you pulling up your coat collar tighter to keep out the bitter chill of a seaside town out of season, the dark and decrepit pier loomed out of the shadows throughout and I felt myself transported into the town myself; the local’s derision of Frankie, returning from London back to a small town she deserted was brilliant, you could feel their hostility seeping out of the pages!
There were plenty of twists and turns throughout the book, kept you on the edge of your seat and guessing all the way through! The reader has love, relationships, secrets, revenge and murder to keep them enthralled throughout.
Gripping, twisted and dark; this book will keep you guessing all the way to the last page! Local Girl Missing is bound to be a hit when it’s released – seriously folks you need to read this you will love it!