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Local Girl Missing

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,489 Ratings  ·  765 Reviews
The old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It's also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie's brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can't keep hiding from what happened. With her o
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 11th 2016 by Penguin
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Miriam Smith
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 garden.
The 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
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 fou
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: Local Girl Missing is a psychological thriller written by Claire Douglas. It will be published on 7/4/17 by Harper Paperbacks, an imprint of Harper Collins, 352 pages. The genres are fiction, psychological thriller, suspense, and mystery.

My Experience: I started reading Local Girl Missing on 5/30/17 and finished it on 6/5/17. 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 fascin
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 up.

Francesca (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 wa
Louise Wilson
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hearted.

A body has now been found and Francesca has come back to the seaside town she's tried to forget.

Francesca wishes she had not returned as everywhere she goes there are ghosts from her past.

Will the truth about what happened to Sophie finally be solved?

I loved this book.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Penguin UK -Michael Joseph and the author Clare
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 good.I needn't have worried Local Girl Missing is absolutely brilliant,very gripping,worth far more than five stars and I am very disappointed that I have finished reading it.

Frankie and Sophie have been best friends since primary school when Sophie moved to Frankie`s school after Sophie,her Mum and Sophie`s brother Daniel moved to Frankie`
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
Rachel Hall
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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 quickly caused the public to lose interest in her disappearance, only ...more
Emily Catherine
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 herring.

Just a taste of the prose that had me raising my eyebrows:

"The 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 ex
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to follow shortly closer to publication!
Frankie and Sophie were best friends from early childhood.

Sophie Collier came to Oldcliffe-On-Sea with her mother and brother when they ran away from Sophie's abusive father.  Francesca (Frankie) Howe lived with her affluent mother and father in the seaside hotel that they ran. Frankie had never had a close relationship with her mother and preferred the company and attention of her dad, Alistair Howe. The beautiful, entitled, and popular Frankie took the less popular and plain Sophie under her w
Joanne Robertson
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read The Sisters by Claire Douglas last year and while I enjoyed it I hadn't found much to rave about in it....unlike Local Girl Missing which I have just this moment finished and thought it was stunning!

Told in two timeframes, we first meet Francesca when she has a phone call to say that her best friend, who went missing 18 years ago, has been round-up body has been washed ashore. She is devastated and goes back home to be with Sophie's brother Daniel while they await an official identificati
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dual review with Swedish first and then English!


I Ung kvinna saknad får man läsa om hur Francesca åker tillbaka till Oldcliffe-on-Sea efter att fått ett samtal från en barndomskamrat om att kvarlevor av en kropp har hittas, men man får också parallellt följa det som hände Sophie genom hennes dagboksanteckningar. Både den nutida handlingen och barndomsanteckningarna är intressanta att följa.

De bästa psykologiska thrillers är de som förbryllar, får en att tvivla på vad som pågår o
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't work out if I love the ending or hate it. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was twisty and unpredictable and had me on tenterhooks the whole time. Yet the ending was unexpected but felt a little implausible? Plus the explanation needs you to suspend disbelief....
Yet I still really liked reading this and thoroughly enjoyed the writing style. Can't wait for the next novel from Claire!
Roman Clodia
I like books that explore small-town secrets and for most of this book I was on-board with where it was going: then it takes a downward turn and ends with one of the most ludicrous 'twists' ever, one that had me giggling out loud at the ridiculousness of it.

Douglas conjures up the atmosphere of a slightly seedy seaside town well, and there are some unexpected twists that took me pleasantly by surprise. But, gosh, that ending! No spoilers, of course, but we do have to suspend a massive amount of
Tracy Fenton
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping page-turner about revenge, secrets and love. Narrated by Sophie who died 18 years previously and Frankie the best friend who has returned to find out what really happened to Sophie, this is full of twists and turns and red herrings. Kept me guessing throughout.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fabulous psychological thriller from Claire Douglas. The descriptions of places are so well described you feel like you are in that very place. Frankie and Sophie were best friends growing up. They were really close joined at the hip. Frankie moved away to London to escape the memories. Sophie went missing nearly nineteen years ago. Now her remains have been recovered, Sophie's brother invites Frankie to come back to Oldcliffe-on-Sea to help Daniel find out who killed his sister on the o ...more
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
I've just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW!! It's just brilliant!!

"I've been running from my past. Now the past has caught up with me."

Francesca (Frankie) Bloom is a successful businesswoman working in the hotel industry in London. One day she receives a call that drags her right back to the very past she tried so hard to forget. She's informed that after eighteen years missing, her best friend Sophie's body was recovered from the sea by the seaside town of Oldcliffe-On-Sea,
Mandy White
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
a bit slow for a while but the ending pushed it to a 4 star!
Sibel Hodge
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping page-turner with a gasp-worthy twist! :)
Jay G
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frankie's best friend Sophie went missing from their small town. Now, 18 years later, Frankie gets a call from Sophie's older brother, Daniel, informing her that Sophie's remains have been found near the pier. Daniel believes that something sinister happened to Sophie that night and asks Frankie to help him solve the mystery of what happened to his sister. Frankie agrees to return to Ol
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Una bomba di thriller, dove niente è come sembra.

In Local Girl Missing troviamo la storia di Francesca e Sophie. Erano migliori amiche da ragazze, poi Sophie è misteriosamente scomparsa senza lasciare nessuna traccia, apparte la sua scarpa sul pontile. Che cosa è successo a Soph?
I capitoli sono alternati, Frankie al presente, ormai una donna adulta e matura che torna nella cittadina natale dopo una chiamata di Daniel, il fratello di Sophie, che le dice che hanno ritrovato dei resti e c
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Claire Douglas first caught my attention last year, when I read her debut novel The Sisters, as part of my book club’s theme on ‘twins’. Douglas has done it again with her gripping new release, a psychological mystery titled Local Girl Missing.

Local Girl Missing is a story split in two distinct time frames. Twenty years ago, Sophie Collier, a young woman of twenty one, with her whole life ahead of her, vanishes after leaving a local club. The only indication of her final whereabouts is a single
Kath Middleton
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
School best friends Sophie and Francesca (Frankie) managed to catch up again for the summer after they graduated, almost twenty years ago. Over that intense summer they each went through emotional turmoil. Just before they both left for jobs in London, Sophie fell to her death from the remains of their seedy hometown's derelict pier. Now Frankie, a successful businesswoman, is called back to Oldcliffe-on-Sea by Sophie's brother. Human remains have been washed up nearby and he wants Frankie to he ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
Told from alternating perspectives of best friends Sophie and Frankie, this is an interesting quasi-thriller documenting Sophie's disappearance in nineties Somerset. Some of the writing comes across dated and immature, particularly in Sophie's chapters, but perhaps that was the authors intention?

I enjoyed the authors debut more than this - I found that mid way this story became a little repetitive and drawn out. The climax comes very late in the book and the ending is abrupt. Having said that, i
Renita D'Silva
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Thrilling and intense with many twists and turns. An absolute page turner.
Laura von Eden
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bücher, bp
Francesca und Sophie leben in einem kleinen Städtchen direkt am Meer. Im Sommer bevölkert von vielen Touristen, ansonsten ein eher trostloser Ort. Die beiden Mädchen sind sehr eng befreundet, gehen jedoch nach dem Schulabschluss ihre eigenen Wege. Als sie sich in ihrem Heimatstädtchen wiedertreffen ist jedoch alles so, als wären sie nie getrennt gewesen. Doch in einer Partynacht verschwindet Sophie plötzlich spurlos. Als 18 Jahre später eine Leiche am Strand angespült wird, kehrt Francesca nach ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Francesca und Sophie wachsen zusammen auf und werden beste Freundinnen. Sie teilen alle Geheimnisse und werden langsam erwachsen. Doch dann eines Tages verschwindet Sophie spurlos. Am alten Pier bleibt nur ein Turnschuh von ihr zurück. Hat Sophie sich das Leben genommen? Eine Leiche wird nie entdeckt, und auch sonst gibt es keine Spuren oder Hinweise auf Sophies Verbleib. Achtzehn Jahre später wird dann doch eine Leiche angespült... Ist es Sophie? Francesca kehrt von London in ihre alte Heimat z ...more
Claire Ellis
This book is a prime example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. I fell instantly in love with the cover but the book was a let down.
Sophie went missing from her home in 1997 and the investigation at the time ruled 'death by misadventure' after her shoe was found at the end of the local derelict pier. Some twenty years later, a body part is washed up and it is believed to be the foot of Sophie, found in the identical shoe. Her brother, Daniel, contacts Frankie to ask her to come b
Zuky the BookBum
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for giving me the opportunity to read this.

NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK! (if you really want to bother... though most people seem to love this!)

DNF at 31%

I can't. I just... I just can't. Reasons?

1. All the characters are very immature. Frankie just looooves talking and thinking about boys, especially Daniel, and would rather keep her reputation than do everything that she can to work out if her best friend was murdered. She’s also really passive agg
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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 SISTERS.

Her second and third novels, LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE (Penguin), are Sunday Times bestsellers.
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