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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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks
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Miriam Smith
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie
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
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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
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Susan
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
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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
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Nicki
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
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Nigel
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
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
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Em
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel Hall
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
Zoe
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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
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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
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
In Local Girl Missing, you can read about how Francesca returns to Oldcliffe-on-Sea after learning through a conversation with a childhood friend that a body has been found washed up at the pier where her best friend Sophie disappeared eighteen years ago. Parallelly in the book do we also learn what happened to Sophie through her diary notes. Both the present-day story and childhood notes are interesting to follow.

The best psychological thrillers are those that confuse, make one doubt what is
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Laura
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
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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.
Bookread2day
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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,
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Sara
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claire Douglas is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. Loved this. Listened to it on audio, and the narrators were great.
Mandy White
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lia
Not bad, but I can't say I enjoyed it like I thought I would, especially after one too many absurd plot twists, when the plot started going in too many (and predictable) directions to be believable.
Repetitive and dull writing at times, but I truly enjoyed Sophie's pov. I guess it's a tie between okay and meh, when it comes to this book.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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
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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
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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 ...more
Laura
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,
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Renita D'Silva
Thrilling and intense with many twists and turns. An absolute page turner.
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
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Agata
Oh... my... God... What have I just read?! This book left me speechless, completely numb and emotionally destroyed... It was nothing what I'd expected it to be! I bonded with the leading heroine and I've been completely cought off guard in the end. My jaw dropped while reading the ending. This is what a good thriller should be like! It's shocking, dark, twisted, leaves you wondering, but the truth that is going to be unraveled is nothing what you think it will be! Wow, just... wow! This is a ...more
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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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