Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin UK)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: 27th June 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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 . . .”
My Thoughts & Review
Yay!! It’s been a while but I actually managed to read and post my review on NetGalley before this book was officially published. That hasn’t happened in a while, but it sure does feel good. Anyway, let me get into my thoughts about the book.
This is the second Claire Douglas book I have read. The first one I read was Do Not Disturb. I loved that one and I loved this one.
I was gripped at the start, and managed to get quite a bit read in my first sitting. There was a section that I found to be a little slow, but when you get to this part don’t give up as its worth percervering. In fact, after I got past that bit I was so into the story that I stayed up late to finish it.
This book is full of descriptive scenes which I really enjoyed as it allowed me to visualise the characters, and the setting within the story. The writing style flowed nicely which made it easy to read. I think the fast pace of the story helped with this. Each chapter is written in first person and alternates between four main character, Jess, Margot Powell, Heather and Flora. The chapters that follow Jess and Margot Powell are set in present time and Heather and Flora’s are set back in 1994. I liked how the chapter’s alternated as we get to know the character much more. Normally I find it difficult to keep up with alternating times but this one worked so well that it didn’t affect me at all.
The characters were interesting and felt very realistic. As they develop you never quite know who to trust. There were a few characters that I didn’t really take a liking to but that’s more to do with my preference I think.
All in all, a great fast paced read that will keep you wanting to read till you find out all the answers, so if you’re looking for a twisty book with lots of thrilling suspense this one is definitely for you. Highly recommend.
Can’t wait to see what Claire Douglas has to offer next!!!
I would like to thank the publishers Michael Joseph and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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