THE TWISTY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE COUPLE AT NO 9
'A riveting, edge-of-your-seat excitement fest - the plotting was so sinfully clever that I was kept endlessly guessing' 5***** Reader Review
'It has twist upon twist upon twist, and even then, the final twist took me by surprise. So good!' 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 murder shakes their childhood town, Jess returns home.
Because the suspect is Heather.
What happened to the girl you used to know?
PRAISE FOR CLAIRE DOUGLAS:
'Intriguing. Twisty. A well-plotted tale' DOROTHY KOOMSON
'Absolutely corking twists! A cracking thriller, I loved it' EVE CHASE
'Spine-chilling' SUNDAY TIMES
'Kept me up last night - scary, twisty, all too believable' JANE CORRY
'Thrillingly tense and twisty' B.A. PARIS
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This thriller reeled us in with a tense opening chapter about a double shooting and completely shocked us with its final revelation. In between, Claire Douglas’ clever whydunnit uncovers long-buried secrets in a peaceful coastal town while thoughtfully exploring childhood bonds and mother-daughter relationships. The characters are absorbingly rich and convincing—particularly Jess, a journalist returning to her childhood home to investigate the killings and finally confront a dark moment from her past.
Great book. Very gripping
Finally a decent thriller with some nice twists. Liked it a lot.
I bought this book for a great price after reading the reviews. Definitely worth buying. I couldn’t get enough of the story. Read it in 2 days because I didn’t want to put it down. Looking forward to reading Claire Douglas’ next book out in 2020.
The She Vanished
I took an instant dislike to this book when I read the first lines and found it was written in the present tense. I wouldn’t have bought it if I had known.
I persevered and finished it as the story was quite good. Also, some chapters were written in the past tense which were easier to read without the intrusive clunkiness of the present tense. These occasional chapters were also set in the past and gradually told us the backstory.
Using the present tense wasn’t the only gimmick. Different chapters were written from different people’s perspectives, some in the first person, some in the third person. More than one character was narrating in the first person. It was all a bit of an intrusive mishmash as far as I’m concerned. I kept finding myself wondering why it was done and whether it added anything to the book. I don’t think it did. It merely annoyed me.
Certain parts of the plot were guessable, other parts, towards the end in particular, without giving away the storyline, were rather preposterous. The basic ideas behind the plot were good but it just lacked refinement. There were several ‘revelations’, twists I suppose, but I felt indifference on reading them, perhaps because they weren’t unexpected or perhaps because I just didn’t care enough.
Without all the gimmicks I think I would have enjoyed it so much more.