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    Local girl missing

    Absolutely brilliant !!!!!!! Couldn't put it down....... turn the lights down..... snuggle up ....... and enjoy !!!! This is one that will definitely make you want to keep turning the pages !! What a fabulous read !!
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    Keeps you guessing

    It's an an unexpected phone call that causes immediate turmoil in the life of successful 39 year old CEO Frances (Frankie) Howe. Daniel, the brother of Frankie's best friend Sophie, informs her that, after 18 years, the alleged remains of his missing sister have been washed up at beach close to the seaside town they grew up in. When Daniel asks Frankie to return to Oldcliff on Sea to help him solve the mysteries that are surrounding Sophies death Frankie feels she has no other option then to confront her past and help Daniel find out what really happened that evening late August when Sophie disappeared. Besides Frankies account of the past we also get to learn about Sophie through her diary entries. Chapters are alternately narrated by the both of them which gives the story an intriguing psychological dimension. Furthermore the description of the bleak and depressing seaside town in low season adds to the uncomfortable feeling you get as a reader. Tension is slowly rising when it comes apparent that Frankie is unwanted in Oldcliff. She may have been popular back in her teens and early twenties, people are now treating her with distant reserve and are cynical about her reasons for showing up again. As old memories come rushing back to life, and secrets buried in the past start to unravel, writer Claire Douglas succeeds in making you question just about every character in the book. Were Frankie and Sophie really such great friends and what role did Sophie's boyfriend Leon play in her sudden disappearance. Why does Frankie get the feeling that she's being watched, what are all those anonymous and threatening letters about and why can't she shrug of that eerie feeling she gets when she is alone in her rented apartment. I must admit that I found it difficult to warm up to Frankie, I couldn't quite figure her out. She didn't seem particular sincere as a youngster growing up in Oldcliff and all grown up she (still) finds it hard to show and share her real thoughts and emotions with others. She is keeping people puposely at bay but by doing so ends up lonely and miserable. Sophie on the other hand did seem genuine, I really enjoyed reading the chapters from her perspective although some of the events she described were pretty fearful. The giant plot twist comes rather late in the story and I won't give anything away but it really came as a surprise to me. Read this story if you are in the mood for an atmospheric mystery which keeps you guessing till the end.
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