Tuesday Intro: Local Girl Missing

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas, whose book The Sisters I read last year.  I have to say, whilst I liked her debut novel, I didn’t love it.  BUT, reviews earlier this year of her latest offering convinced me to give her another go.  Here’s what it’s about…

31627176The old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie’s brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can’t keep hiding from what happened. With her own secrets to keep, Francesca doesn’t relish the idea of digging up the past or returning to Oldcliffe. But it is time to go back to where she grew up, and it looks like she isn’t the only one there hiding truths.

And here’s how it starts…


February 2016

It’s a dreary afternoon, just after lunch, when I finally find out that you’re dead.

What do you think – I kept this one short and sweet as I have to say I was drawn in just with this first line.  Would you keep reading?


  1. Oh yes Emma, sometimes one sentence does it! I’d keep reading 😊

    1. doesn’t it just. I hope the rest lives up to the start.

  2. Well, that’s a doozy of a first line – for sure. I hope it’s living up to that cracking starter, Emma:)

    1. I hope it will too. Plan on starting it tonight! fingers crossed x

      1. I’m looking forward to hearing what you make of it. Let’s hope it’s as good as it seems!

  3. Yes, I’m in! I’ve been eyeing this book. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE MURDER GAME”

    1. I do hope it’s as good as reviews suggest. Can’t wait to read The Murder Game.

  4. With an opening like that, you just have to keep reading!

    1. I hope the rest of the book lives up to it. I have heard good things so fingers crossed!

  5. That does sound interesting.

    1. It has been. And better than the first book I am pleased to report (not that the first book was really bad)

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