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Then She Vanishes

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,882 ratings  ·  453 reviews
One missing. One a murderer. One trying to find the truth.

Flora has her whole life ahead of her - until the summer night she vanishes.

Her sister Heather was a good girl - until the spring morning she kills two people.

Jess Fox was once like a sister to them both.

But called home to investigate Heather's crime, she begins to wonder if she really knew either sister at all . .
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Penguin
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Irena BookDustMagic
Actual rating: 3,5 stars

It has been some time since I finished Then She Vanishes so I will try to keep my review short and point-blank.

First and most important: this thriller was highly entertaining and that is it’s main plus.
It took me five days to finish it but that is because I was very busy in time I was reading it. I imagine if I had more time to read I would probably finish it in two days.

It was so easy to read, and I really wanted to turn those pages faster, even though the reason for tha
I’ve put this on my “unputdownable” shelf. Although this month has been a difficult one in our family life as regards worry, Stress and sorting stuff out, I’ve picked this book up with every chance I got. Sometimes I fell to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, it’s been an horrendous month.
I never once wasn’t eager to get back to this book, it made me mad I just couldn’t sit and continue to read it.

That being said, I absolutely loved this writing. It flowed so well, it’s difficult to explai
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to hold my hands up and admit that the sheer joy of having a new Claire Douglas book is indescribable ... a fellow fan will understand!!

Wow I devoured this in a day, as I truly could not put it down.

Heather and Jess were inseparable growing up in a small seaside town until Heather’s older sister Flora goes missing and is never found. Now 18 years later Jess is a reporter and sent back to her hometown to investigate a murder that her childhood friend Heather has been accused of. Why would
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I challenge any reader to pick up this book, read the first chapter and then not want to devour the rest of the book! Oh my goodness, the first chapter had my heart pounding and my interest well and truely piqued. I am a big fan of Claire Douglas, having read most of her previous books and loved them.. she is definitely a writer that I instantly pick up, without needing t know the plot. Her stories are believable and characters relatable. Once I started reading this book I just wanted to keep re ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main issue with this book is that, save the main hook, it's just not that surprising. It starts off well. Why would a woman, to all regards happy in her marriage and with a baby she adores, get up one day and shoot two people dead? One of whom was an old lady to boot. I don't know about you, but I wanted to know.

Except the answer is right there in the blurb. This woman, Heather, had a sister who went missing when they were both young. Do we think the people she shot might have something to
Louise Wilson
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teenager went missing twenty years ago, now her sister is in a coma after shooting herself.

A stranger had stormed into a house in the early hours killing fifty eight year old Clive Wilson and his elderly mother, Deirdre. Later Heather Underwood was found with a self inflicted gun shot wound. Jess, a reporter, has been sent to cover the story. The shooting had taken place in Jess's home town. But Jess's boss does not know that the perp had been Jess's childhood friend.

This is a fast paced read
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

Loved this one it was just amazing.
My third book by this author and by far my favourite.
I just adored how this was all connected together and I'm blown away with how the author has managed to connect the dots to make sense of everything while still managing to keep me in the dark through the journey.
This was such an impressive feat and managed to keep me guessing as well as constantly surprising me with its many twists and turns.
From that shocking beginning where two people are shot down in cold
Zoe Mann
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY MACARONI!! Claire Douglas has done it again. What an exciting, captivating and inventive novel.

I’m a huge Claire Douglas fan but this review is in no way biased as I read it as a free ARC on my kindle and I didn’t actually know who the author was until afterwards. I should of been able to tell because no one writes quite like Douglas. Every single one of her novels are just so easy to read and flow so well but are packed full of emotion and excitement. She somehow catches me out every sing
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. (2019).

The fair came to town. Flora disappeared.
Heather and Jess were best friends - until the night Heather's sister Flora vanished in 1994. Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather. But it's now 2012 and Heather has been accused of an awful crime. And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I must tell you the line ‘ my insides fizzed like a refresher on my tongue when I saw him’ probably wins description of the year 😃😎😃 a brilliant line!

This book was described by an author as a ‘page turning slow burn’, I would concur with this

The book revolves around sisters Flora and Heather and best friend Jess, one now missing presumed dead, one in hospital unconscious accused of a double murder and one a journalist
The book starts with a ‘on the edge of your seat’ chapter and then carefully a
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. It had so many twists and turns and always kept my attention. The characters were really interesting and I particularly liked Jess and Margot. I liked how it went back into the past and explained what really happened to Flora and the lead up to it. It keeps you guessing until the last page and I found the ending to be good. It was very well written and it was a great book. I will definitely be reading more books from this author. I loved it.
Claire Wilson
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping psychological thriller from Claire Douglas. Jess and Heather are best friends, but when something happens in their childhood, the drift away from each other almost immediately. Twenty years later, Heather walks into a house and shoots two people dead. Jess, now a journalist, uses her ties with the family to get the expose but does her loyalties lie with Heather or her job. 4 stars
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heather and Flora Powell and their mother Margot were more like family to young Jess when she was growing up than her own mother ever was. That was until everything went wrong in the summer of 1994,Heather and Jess's friendship was never the same after Flora mysteriously disappeared whilst on her way home one summer's night.

Twenty five years later their sleepy seaside town is rocked by another shocking tragedy when Heather tries to kill herself after the loving wife and doting new mother kills t
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Then She Vanishes is Ms Douglas's fifth thriller and having read each of them I can say with absolute joy that this is undoubtedly her most compelling and exciting to date. It centres around teenage sidekicks Heather and Jess whose friendships falls apart when Heather's sister Flora unexpectedly vanishes. Almost twenty years later and Jess is now working as a journalist for a small local paper when she learns that her best friend from teenage years, Heather, is currently in hospital in a coma ha ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather and Jess were more like sisters when they became the best of friends both feeling like outsiders formed a pretty watertight friendship and Jess likened the fact that Heathers mum Margot and sister Flora treat her more like family than her own mum did. That was until the very core of their friendship is destroyed when in the summer of 1994, Heathers sister Flora vanishes…

Fast forward twenty-five years and as if lightning strikes twice, their sleepy seaside town is rocked again when traged
Adele Shea
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Then She Vanishes. It goes back and forth from 1994 to the present day and tell the story of Flora, Jess, Heather and Margot.
Gloria mysteriously disappears aged 16, baffling her family and friends right the way through to 18 years later
Heather is accused of killing a mother and grown son in their own home and then turning the gun on herself.
Then She Vanishes is a brilliantly written who done it, that has you thinking a number of people are guilty of a number of crimes.
Add th
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arc-s

A sleepy seaside down in southwest England is shaken to its core when a beautiful, sweet young teenager named Flora disappeared without a trace. Eighteen years later, Flora’s remaining family is once again blasted across the headlines when it appears her younger sister brutally murdered two people at random before turning the gun on herself.


All right Claire Douglas, we need to have a talk because I’m a little upset with you. Your latest book cost me two nights of sleep bec
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

*4.5 stars

British domestic crime fiction and The Sunday Times bestselling author Claire Douglas has five thrilling books to her name now, after the release of Then She Vanishes in 2019. Douglas’ latest is a dark and secret filled novel, based around family relationships and a friendship from times past. Then She Vanishes makes its entry with a shocking and unexplained crime, that overshadows the length of this compelling novel.

Two crimes underline the latest
Had high hopes for this one, especially seeing all the high ratings.

The beginning started off strong and drew me in, but it started fizzling out about a quarter of the way through. While I was curious to find out how things played out, there just weren’t any surprises here. That, along with the cookie cutter characters made this read fall short of my expectations from this author.

I’m still a fan, and look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. 😊

ARC provided by NetGalley
This book is being billed as gripping, thrilling, best twists but I'm afraid I didn't feel any of these things while reading it.

While reading this book, I have discovered that I detest stories - particularly those in the mystery/thriller fad we appear to be in - when they allude to a past transgression/s, several times, before the thing is eventually unveiled. In this book there were so many and by multiple characters, and by the time each reveal came along I was ready for it and to me, they we
Liz Barnsley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another superbly addictive read from Claire Douglas, a twisty delight of a tale that involves you right from page one.
I was particularly fond of Jess, one of this authors superpowers is the ability to write depthful characters that you just engage with, as she returns home to a friendship gone awry, her journalist instincts fighting an ongoing battle with her loyalties and love.
The mystery element is perfectly done, leading the reader down various intriguing paths before the final truth is revea
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Harper Paperbacks for this ARC in exchange for my review.
It took me a few days to finish it even though I could have read it in one day if I had the time. All of Claire Douglas's books have a way of sucking me in, twisting my thought process and throwing me into a world of nothing else matters but solving this crime. The present crime coexists with a past crime Jess reminisces concerning the disappearance of her childhood friend's sister Flora 18 years ago. With many sha
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Claire Douglas is a master storyteller. So good in fact that I'm surprised her books don't have several thousands of ratings within the first two weeks.

This story starts in the middle of the action. On the very first page you see Heather walking up the house of her soon to be victims and your attention is immediately grabbed. Mine certainly was.

The outcome is right there on that very first page. You can't wonder who did it and you'll keep turning the page for the why. It reads so smoothly and t
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get excited when I hear a new Claire Douglas book is coming out. And then she vanishes doesn’t disappoint. This is the 4th book of the authors I have read and loved them all.
Jess is a Journalist for the local weekly newspaper. She has returned to her hometown of Bristol after living and working in London on a daily tabloid. She has returned with her boyfriend Rory, who is a teacher. Her Assignment is to investigate a woman that has shot dead two people and tried to kill herself. Heather is her
Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas takes readers to Bristol in March of 2012. Jessica Fox is a reporter with Bristol & Somerset Herald, and she is working on a hot story. A woman is accused of murdering a man and woman in the early hours before returning home to Tilby where she takes the shotgun to herself. The woman was found alive but unconscious. Jessica is shocked when she hears the woman accused of killing two people is her old friend, Heather. Jessica and Heather were friends as young tee ...more
Joanne Robertson
I absolutely loved this book (much as I have loved all of the books by Claire Douglas!) and couldn’t put it down for one minute once I had picked it up! It ticked all the boxes for me-psychological thriller, unknown narrator, unreliable and unlikeable characters and lots of shocking twists and turns. In fact, the last few pages were just as gripping as the first few and it didn’t let up the tension in between them either!

Jess is a reporter who hears of a recent double murder and is reminded of a

With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

This is the fourth book I have read by Claire Douglas. She is one of my go to authors and her books are always a five star 🌟 read. I was so excited when I was given this book before the official publication date.

The prologue started with a stranger storming into a house in the early hours and killing fifty eight year old Clive Wilson and his elderly mother Deidre with a shotgun. Hours later Heather Underw
Bonnye Reed
I had a problem in this novel with the fact that the two cities involved in the disappearance of Flora were mere miles apart, the girl was missing for 18 years and never surfaced in all that time. With a small child, that would be plausible, but Flora was 16 when she was abducted. So the main surprise to me was the fact that she hadn't been found, or found her way home, years ago. And the boyfriend's mother's boyfriend was my chosen bad guy from his first introduction. I could not understand why ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Then She Vanishes is another great psychological thriller from an author I always enjoy reading – Claire Douglas. It manages to stay away from being too dramatic or unbelievable, instead presenting to the reader an interesting story which starts with a real bang – a woman shoots two seemingly random people - and completely hooked me in. I think it’s partly because we don’t often see women in literature who kill, especially with guns, without an obvious reason,
Louise Beech
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Douglas you are in safe hands, and she deserves all the acclaim and success she has acheived. I loved this one. She expertly leads the reader one way, and then another, and then yet another. Just the perfect, hook-y, character-led, precise and sharp, clever psychological thriller you want to get lost in on these dark, chilly nights. Highly recommend.
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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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