Kindle – Penguin (18th July 2016)

Paperback – Penguin (11th August 2016)

Set in the seaside town of Oldcliffe, Local Girl Missing centres around Frankie and Sophie. They were best friends as kids/teenagers, but Sophie disappeared when she was 21. It was assumed that she had fallen off the old pier, drunk, so death by misadventure was declared even though her body was never found.

Frankie could no longer face living in Oldcliffe and has since moved to London, managing her father’s hotels. She’s always kept herself busy, trying not to think too much about Sophie. She has a successful career, nice home, nice car, but she’s never been so lucky in love. Now she’s 39 years old and is suddenly contacted by Daniel (Sophie’s brother). Remains have been found and he needs her help and support in identifying them as it’s believed they may be Sophie’s. So, Frankie returns to Oldcliffe for the first time in years and all sorts of secrets are revealed. I won’t say more than that as I don’t want to give anything away, but this was a fab read. Very cleverly written! I finished it quite late last night. I was going to save the last couple of chapters for this morning, but I just couldn’t! My heart was literally racing towards the end! Loved it!

Many thanks to the author and publisher for approving my request on Netgalley. I am more than happy to recommend!

Buy your copy here – Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas


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 . . .

About the Author

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women’s magazines and national 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, with her first novel, The Sisters. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.

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