Then She Vanishes
THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SHOCK YOU MORE THAN THE FIRST CHAPTER . . . IS THE LAST. . .
'I stayed up until 3am to read it because I was so sucked in. Brilliant, brilliant book!' 5* Reader Review
Jess and Heather were once best friends - until the night Heather's sister Flora vanished. The night that lies tore their friendship apart.
But years later, when a brutal double mu...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Fast forward twenty-five years and as if lightning strikes twice, their sleepy seaside town is rocked again when traged ...more
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 ...more
This book is being billed as gripping, thrilling, best twists yada yada yada. I guess slow, poorly executed, and obvious, don’t really sell books.
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jess is a reporter who hears of a recent double murder and is reminded of a ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Claire Douglas has been on my go-to list for quite a while now. I don’t even need to know what her books are about. I’ll see her name and the book will be in my hands, just like that. So obviously I couldn’t wait to get stuck into Then She Vanishes.
This one starts off with a bang. Literally. A small seaside town is rocked by a double murder. As a reporter, Jess follows the news but in this case even more so, ...more
Her second and third novels, LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE (Penguin), are Sunday Times bestsellers.