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Local Girl Missing Una è scomparsa Una ha un segreto Ogni cosa le ricordava la sua migliore amica E il segreto che condividevano Subito dopo la misteriosa scomparsa di Sophie Francesca aveva capito di non poter più restare a Oldcliffe la cittadina di mare dov’era nata e cresciuta e si era trasferita a Londra per cominciare una nuova vita Ma non è mai riuscita a dimenticare Così uando il fratello di Sophie la contatta per informarla che sono stati rinvenuti dei resti umani vicino al vecchio molo proprio nel luogo in cui la ragazza era stata vista per l'ultima volta Francesca vorrebbe solo nascondersi essere lasciata in pace Poi però cede alle insistenze dell’uomo che chiede il suo aiuto per ricostruire cosa è veramente accaduto a Sophie uella sera di vent’anni prima Non appena ritorna a Oldcliffe tuttavia Francesca ha l'impressione di essere costantemente seguita forse spiata E il sospetto diventa certezza nel momento in cui inizia a ricevere inuietanti messaggi anonimi e telefonate mute Come se ualcuno sapesse tutto di lei e volesse impedirle di scoprire la verità Una verità che le costerebbe molto caro Perché potrebbe portare alla luce anche il segreto che Francesca e Sophie avevano giurato di custodire a ogni costoDopo il bestseller Le sorelle Claire Douglas torna con una nuova storia ricca di suspense e colpi di scena mistero e atmosfera – che ha conuistato subito la vetta delle classifiche inglesi – confermandosi un’autrice dal talento unico nello scandagliare il lato oscuro delle relazioni umane  

  • Kindle Edition
  • 291 pages
  • Local Girl Missing
  • Claire Douglas
  • Italian
  • 25 May 2016

About the Author: Claire Douglas

Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and after many years of trying to get published her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERSHer second and third novels LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE Penguin are Sunday Times bestsellers



10 thoughts on “Local Girl Missing

  1. Miriam Smith Miriam Smith says:

    I bought Local Girl Missing in Tesco for £2 when you purchased a daily newspaper and I have to say it was an excellent deal I'd heard a lot about this book from online book clubs and was really looking forward to reading it It's atmospheric dark and at times spooky and perfect for a lazy Sunday read or a sunny afternoon in the gardenThe story is told in the first person alternating between two best friends Francesca in the present time and the missing girl Sophie back in 1997 relating both of their accounts surrounding the mysterious disappearance of SophieI did unfortunately work out most of the plot by half way through but this didn't stop me from enjoying the book and following the outcome I was actually uite tearful at the end as I had endeared to Sophie and had a lot of empathy for her I wasn't taken with any of the other characters but I don't think it mattered it certainly didn't stop me from enjoying the story any the less It's well written easy to follow and although a slow burner keeps you turning the pages until the ending when everything finally comes togetherI haven't read anything by the author Claire Douglas before but I'd be happy to read by her in the future and will probably read her previous debut novel 'The Sisters' sometime too 4 stars

  2. Julie Julie says:

    Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas is a 2017 Harper publication Eerie and tense Sophie and Frankie were best friends during their teenage years until romantic entanglements came between them but they eventually reconciled and were trying to resume their friendship but one night Sophie disappeared from the old Victorian 'Oldcliffe on the Sea' pier Her body was never recovered Until now When Frankie gets the call from Sophie’s brother Daniel that his sister's remains have been found he asks Frankie to come home and help him find out what happened to her all those years ago But once Frankie arrives settling into the often frigid apartment overlooking the same pier from which Sophie vanished she begins to imagine she sees Sophie’s ghost As she and Daniel begin to dig into the past Frankie finds herself the recipient of chilling notes often pushed under her apartment door taunting and threatening her Old friends and enemies all contribute a piece of the puzzle and as revelations mount motives become highly suspect I never knew who to believe or trust in this novel The story shifts gear several times before the conclusion That and the dual time line kept me off guard so that I was never able to find a balance I have waited nearly a week to write this review because I’m still trying to formulate my thoughts on this book On one hand the atmosphere is very creepy with a possible supernatural element and the uneasiness settled in for the duration increasing as the story developed On the other hand I had a hard time with the final twist finding it a little far fetched even though I did appreciate the irony of the situation The only other downside was just a coincidence I’d just finished reading a book with a similar set up so I considered putting this one aside for a while because of that but then the story veered away from that theme and took on a whole new set of connotations so I decided to stick with it Although there were a few small blips at the end of the day the book provided a few good chills was cleverly paced with plenty of atmosphere and twists and a surprise ending So after thinking it over and waffling back and forth a little I think this one deserves four stars

  3. Jasmine from How Useful It Is Jasmine from How Useful It Is says:

    About Local Girl Missing is a psychological thriller written by Claire Douglas It will be published on 7417 by Harper Paperbacks an imprint of Harper Collins 352 pages The genres are fiction psychological thriller suspense and mysteryMy Experience I started reading Local Girl Missing on 53017 and finished it on 6517 This book is the best mystery I have read so far I love everything about it This book is so good that often I could not tear my eyes away The story is very fascinating and it captures my attention completely I love the ending and I couldn’t guess the outcome I love the organization of this novel and how the mystery unravels little by littleIn this book readers will follow alternating point of views between Francesca Frankie Howe and Sophie Soph Collier best friends for the longest time They both live in Oldcliffe on Sea a small town near Bristol Frankie an only child came from a well to do family where her parents own a hotel in town Sophie lives with her mom and older brother They ran away from an ugly past Frankie has beauty money and attention Sophie likes to curl up in bed with her novels As Frankie and Sophie’s friendship blooms they tend to fall for the same guy There was a mystery surrounding a guy named Jason Then almost two decades later parts of Sophie’s remains has surfaced and Sophie’s older brother Daniel invited Frankie back to town to solve the mystery of Sophie’s death This novel is told in alternating point of views with Frankie in the present day and Sophie in the past leading up to her gone missing Sophie is communicating to readers through her diary entriesThis thriller is beautifully written I love the alternating point of views because it doesn’t leave me in the dark as to what is going on I don’t fully know the details until the big reveal at the end but I know enough to want to read I like how so many people can be a suspects and I love that I couldn’t guess who it was All the characters are great players in this book There is a lot going on and I enjoyed following the characters throughout and connecting the dots I love a book with an epilogue and this book has it I highly recommend everyone to read this bookPro suspense alternating POV mystery adrenaline rush couldn’t put down page turner fast paced well written family epilogueCon noneI rate it 5 starsDisclaimer Many thanks to the author Claire Douglas publisher Harper and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Please assure that my opinions are honestxoxo Jasmine at wwwhowusefulitiswordpresscom for a detailed review

  4. daph_pink daph_pink says:

    one fine evening today I was sitting and admiring my bookshelf when my eyes fell on this book and I couldn't remember a single thing about itI opened my GR account and saw my notes on this book filled with cuss words and hatred for this book so as I am already in mood of writing HONEST reviews today Here we go again Why I bought this book? I fell in love with the cover of this book the moment I saw it in bookstore I read the blurb and I bought it PS NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER what I like about it?•setting I am a sucker for small town mystery thrillers and this book was atmosphericdark and at times spooky with creepy and supernatural elements•easy to followThe book was definitely a page turner and easy to follow with easy sometimes disaster writing Good for someone hoping to e enjoy a lazy afternoon why I hated it ?• cliche dialogues and poor writing only at times I felt like the book was written in creative writing style and conversation felt pretty naive• poor character development•lots of plot points didn't add up like view spoilerwhy Frankie said she didn't knew who send the dog badges when only she was the one to send it? How mia know about failed pregnancies? Why police believed Daniel and his story instead of finding out the truth? hide spoiler

  5. Susan Susan says:

    Francesca Howe is a wealthy businesswoman when we first meet her She lives in a nice house in London and helps run her parents hotel business She is also in a rather dead end relationship and so when the past intrudes on the present she is convinced to return to Oldcliffe on Sea the small seaside town where she grew upFrancesca or ‘Frankie’ as she was known as a teenager receives a call from Daniel the brother of her childhood friend Sophie In 1997 Sophie went missing – all that was found was one of her trainers left on the old pier where Frankie and her friends often went to spend time Now a body has been found which is believed to be Sophie’s and Daniel asks Frankie to return home and help him find out what really happened all those years ago Was Sophie’s disappearance a tragic accident or was it murder?I really struggled with this novel It should have been just the type of crime story I enjoy but I found the writing style difficult We wade through so many clichés and metaphors that it reads like a creative writing exercise at times rather than a novel by an experienced author As Frankie returns to Oldcliffe it soon becomes apparent that there is a secret that Frankie and Sophie shared Threatening notes are put through the door of the apartment where she is staying and she feels as though she is under threatThis is a novel of secrets of the past catching up with you and of characters who do not turn out to be what you expect Somehow though it just fell very flat for me I cannot say that I either connected with any of the characters or had any belief in the plot by the end of the novel I have not read the previous novel by this author but I know it was a huge success If you enjoyed her first book then you may well enjoy this but I must be honest and say it did not work for me

  6. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    Twenty one year old Sophie Collier had vanished The only thing she left behind was a trainer on an old pier Her friend Francesca was broken heartedA body has now been found and Francesca has come back to the seaside town she's tried to forgetFrancesca wishes she had not returned as everywhere she goes there are ghosts from her pastWill the truth about what happened to Sophie finally be solved?I loved this bookI would like to thank Net Galley Penguin UK Michael Joseph and the author Clare Douglas for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. Nigel Nigel says:

    Borderline 3 star really Good premise for a story but simply unconvincing to me In full I like the idea of this story A local girl goes missing apparently falling off the local closed old pier and friends and family from the time go their own ways Then 18 years later the girl's brother phones the girl's best to say that part of a body has been found wearing a trainer that was the same as the one she had on when last seen The book is written in two voices in fairly simple language Frankie the best friend is the voice of now and she returns to the old home town in the westcountry ostensibly to help the brother search for evidence relating to the disappearance Sophie the girl who disappeared is the voice in the past and this is written in part in diary form My initial reaction was that the writing ok though I wasn't really gripped by the story It was obviously one of those books where secrets from the past would be gradually revealed It is uite apparent early on in the book that both Frankie and Sophie knew did things at the time which were secrets and that Frankie probably does not want the truth to come outI think the basic idea for this story was a perfectly good one and the pace kept me reading However I simply did not find any of the characters particularly believable real or engaging Eually I did find some of the things that occurred than a little incredible at times I do see that others will find this book appealing but for me it felt rather lightweight and lacking the real tension and edginess I would like from something that should be a thrillerNote I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair reviewhttpviewsonorgukthrillerlocal

  8. Nicki Nicki says:

    The Sisters was one of my favourite books of last year and I admit I couldn't wait to see what Claire Douglas would follow it with and if it would be just as goodI needn't have worried Local Girl Missing is absolutely brilliantvery grippingworth far than five stars and I am very disappointed that I have finished reading itFrankie and Sophie have been best friends since primary school when Sophie moved to Frankie`s school after Sophieher Mum and Sophie`s brother Daniel moved to Frankie`s home town of Oldcliffe On Sea to get away from Sophie`s violent fatherOne night twenty one year old Sophie vanishes leaving behind her trainer on the old delapitated pierNow twenty years later Frankie gets a call from Daniel who says that a body has been foundreluctantly Frankie returns to their home town to help Daniel try to find out what happened to his sisterSoon after she starts receiving threatening letterssomeone knows what happened on the pier that night and doesn't want the truth to be revealedThe story is told in alternating chapters between present day Frankie and the past where Sophie is telling what happened in the months leading up to her disappearanceI liked and felt a lot of sympathy for Sophie and her brother Daniel but from the very beginning of the story I didn't like Frankieit's hard to explain why without giving too much awayThere is a mixed bag of other characters that Frankie and Sophie interacted with throughout the bookone who is so nasty and sleazy I hated every moment he appeared in the storyAll the people in Oldcliffe have their secrets and you never know who is telling the truth and who Frankie and Daniel can trustIt's a grippingtwisty story from the first word to the lastI didn't want the book to endnow I have to patiently wait and see what Claire Douglas comes up with for book 3Many thanks to Penguin UK Michael Joseph for an ARC of this book via netgalley

  9. Em Em says:

    Apparently I am in the minority here in thinking this book is dreadful The writing was clunky and ridden with clichés the characters were unlikeable and the 'twist' at the end was so obvious I was surprised and disappointed that it wasn't a red herringJust a taste of the prose that had me raising my eyebrowsThe hot guy who was with Frankie last week is called Leon McNamara He's half Irish like me but with chocolate brown hair and the most amazing blue eyes I've ever seen They are the exact same colour as my indigo Levi 501sthe sleet like cold lips kissing my face Does he really need my help to uncover the truth about your disappearance after all this time? Or does he want me here because I remind him of all that we had? And all that we lostI also felt there were lots of plot points which didn't add up Why would Frankie remember someone posting her the dog tags if she sent them to herself? Why did Mia know a crying baby would be an effective scare tactic if she didn't know about the miscarriages? Did remains actually wash up on the beach? Why would the police just accept the absolutely mental and improbable story offered by Daniel et al and there be no conseuences for faking a death? Ah this book is ridiculous I half read half skimmed through it in one setting and feel I left some of my brain behind with it

  10. Rachel Hall Rachel Hall says:

    Local Girl Missing is the second novel from author Claire Douglas whose first The Sisters received the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 Despite the unprepossessing title which does nothing to whet the appetite I was interested by the premise of a woman returning to her home town to confront the demons after her best friend went missing eighteen years ago The discovery of twenty one year old Sophie Collier's trainer uickly caused the public to lose interest in her disappearance only to be replaced by a popular belief that a drunken Sophie was swept away by the Bristol Channel Eighteen years later a somewhat reinvented Francesca Howe is contacted out of the blue by Sophie's older brother Daniel and she knows that this can only be for one reason Human remains have been found Daniel is due to identify them and he reveals something that was never spoken of before that Sophie was jittery anxious and told him that somebody was out to get her ahead of her last days Having never told Frankie as she was known as a teen Daniel says the police dismissed his claims but he wants to discover and confront the truth surrounding his sisters demise Coming at a time of emotional upheaval unwilling to terminate a floundering relationship and trying to ignore her dad's stroke and ailing recovery Frankie reluctantly revisits the down at heel town of Oldcliffe on Sea The premise itself though doesn't make clear that Frankie and Sophie both had secrets of their own and the best friends are forever bound by one dramatic event in their lives When Daniel moots his opinion that Sophie could have been intentionally pushed and killed that night it falls to Frankie to choose whether to enlighten him or not as to the long held secret Soon confronted by a series of threatening notes on her return to Oldcliffe on Sea it seems that someone else knows this hidden secret and it holds the key to revealing just what did happen to Sophie Rose Collier Readers learn of the actual events at approximately a uarter of the way through this novel but attempts to disguise it are thinly veiled from the start Frankie is left with little choice but to confide in Daniel as it becomes a matter of delicately seeing who knows the sworn secret and might therefore have had reason to murder Sophie However what uickly becomes clear is that Frankie can ill afford to trust anyone even Daniel after a series of unsettling incidents compound her fearsNearly two decades on from Sophie's presumed death Fran Howe seems to live a charmed life with a three storey Islington townhouse a Range Rover and running the family hotel chain business with her parents semi retired Still as insecure as her teenage days she runs her life to precision and is the buttoned up stiff upper lip woman who has tried to leave her past behind Involved in an relationship with builder Mike that she knows is on the slide with a divorce and failure to conceive along the way neither the friends or lovers in her past have ever be told of Sophie the best friend of her childhood days Tightly wound Fran is all about making the right impression and whilst she attests that Mike doesn't really have the emotional capacity to cope with her issues I must say that I think much of that is due to her unwillingness to reveal her true nature Fran is the character that I found most baffling as she is at times clearly an unreliable narrator simply choosing not to be open about things at other times making blatantly contradictory decisions meaning everything seems like a subtle game of emotional blackmail and manipulation I felt none the wiser of Frankie's true feelings for any of the male characters in Local Girl Missing as she seemed to change her mind as to who was her 'one true love' like the wind but really simply seems to crave attention Trawling back through the lives and loves of two girls with dreams of escaping their home town Douglas serves up a tale of a bitchy female friendship I think in modern day parlance the term du jour is 'frenemy' and most of the revelations revolve around the who snogged who variety of a YA novelA central focus for Local Girl Missing considers the class differences and the social divide that separated the comfortable and upwardly mobile Howe family from the rest of the cast Clearly the subject of some enmity amongst her peers the inherent differences and prevailing cultures of the working class estate dwelling teens are well observed and the grudges that are exhibited in twenty one year old Sophie's diary seem no less engrained in the town some eighteen years later The diary extracts from Sophie at the time of her 1997 disappearance were believable than the delivery by Frankie giving an insight into the home life and the sparky personality for which she was known Frankie was a little bland and even at highly wrought emotional moments she never really demonstrated any passionate or charged dialogue Whilst this was an undemanding read and I never had a problem staying with the story it never really exerted the 'grip' that is so essential with a psychological thriller and left me feeling fairly flat Aimed at the lightweight end of the psychological thriller market I thought much could have been made of the small town atmosphere because it never really felt sufficiently ominous or creepy to me In saying that I didn't trust a single character in Local Girl Missing which shows that it did achieve some of the unsettling suspense that Douglas intended with credible suspicion jumping between characters A mediocre novel which left a so so impression on me with a better ear for dialogue and focus on creating characters whose motives are credible Local Girl Missing could have been drastically improved Admittedly some of the twists were well disguised and a genuine surprise but I felt that pretty early on I knew where this was headed and was proved correct In conclusion not a bad read by any means Local Girl Missing easily holds the attention and got off to a promising start but the final twists detracted from my overall impression As is so often the case the necessity to go that extra mile and blow the whole thing out of the water undermines the solid work of Douglas up to that point

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