Then She Vanishes
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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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Claire Douglas is definitely on my must read authors list and this was another great twisty book.
For a time in her teenage years, Jess was embraced into her friend Heather’s family. But things feel apart when Heather’s older sister disappeared after a day out. Now Jess is a reporter and is covering a shocking shooting, of which Heather is a suspect.
It did take me a little to get into this book but there was always something beneath the surface to keep my interest up. I did like Jess ...more
I always love a mystery that is from the point of view of a reporter, rather than a detective, it is slightly different, less formal and has an extra moral element (which Claire took even further in Then She Vanishes ...more
The twists are drip-fed to the read ...more
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
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.
oh my word this book grabs you from the very first chapter, from the very first gunshot to the second gunshot and as the would be murderer walks calmly out the house...
flora and heather have been bought up by their mother with their friend jess,they spent many a happy time in each others company...until the fair came to town...
now years later with flora who has never been found and heathers attempted suicide b ...more
Set in a small seaside town with a deftly woven cast of characters, the story starts with a woman murdering a man ...more
Wow this book is so good, I have read another book by Claire before and I thoroughly ejoyed it, so I thought i would snap up the chance to read this one and I am so glad that I did.
This is an un put downable book from the start, emotional at times but very enjoyable and has a few twists and turns thrown in just when you think that you have worked out who dunnit.
I don't want to sp ...more
Oh this was a sneaky read. I enjoyed the characters and how the character’s back story all fitted in. Great read. Thank you to netgalley ...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
There's a lot crammed between the pages. The press phone-hacking scandal, ...more
We start with a death - mother and son shot dead in their home. We then cut to the perp as she is in hospital recovering from trying to take her own life. As she recovers in hospital prior to being charged, focus switches to Jess, a re ...more
Her second and third novels, LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE (Penguin), are Sunday Times bestsellers.