Then She Vanishes

A Novel

Claire Douglas

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Beschreibung

"Then She Vanishes lifts the stone on a cold case disappearance and asks chilling questions about friendship, loyalty, love, and obsession.”—New York Times bestselling author Gilly Macmillan

A twisty, compulsive thriller full of jolting shocks and startling secrets involving two sisters, a disappearance, a double murder, and a reporter determined to find the truth from the bestselling author of Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive, and Do Not Disturb.

Everything changed the night she disappeared . . .

On a summer's night in 1994, sixteen-year-old Flora Powell vanished from her sleepy seaside town without a trace. Their hearts shattered, Flora's mother, her sister Heather, and Heather's best friend Jess had to somehow carry on not knowing what happened.

Twenty-five years later, tragedy strikes again when Heather walks into a stranger's house and allegedly kills two people in cold blood.

Why would this loving wife and doting new mother commit such a heinous crime? Jess, now a reporter, returns to the hometown she left behind to cover the case and dig for answers. But this isn't like any other story. Jess was like a sister to the Powell girls, until the summer that tore them all apart.

What happened to the girl she used to know?

The question haunts Jess and propels her to find the key that may unlock the mysteries involving both sisters. But the search may reveal more . . . a darker side to this idyllic place she thought she knew.

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning Marie Claire’s Debut Novel Award for her first book, The Sisters, which became a bestseller. She lives in Bath, England, with her husband and two children.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 512
Erscheinungsdatum 03.08.2021
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-06-309064-4
Verlag HarperCollins
Maße (L/B/H) 22,9/15,2/2,9 cm
Gewicht 295 g

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What ever happened to Flora?
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Wien am 01.08.2019
Bewertet: Format: eBook (ePUB)

A very solid novel that starts a bit slow (while everything is being set up) but then turns out to be really interesting. It kept me guessing how it will all play out in the end. Is Heather really a murderer. Or not? And why did someone shot these old people in the first place? I found this storyline, along with the flashback... A very solid novel that starts a bit slow (while everything is being set up) but then turns out to be really interesting. It kept me guessing how it will all play out in the end. Is Heather really a murderer. Or not? And why did someone shot these old people in the first place? I found this storyline, along with the flashbacks to 1994 with Flora, the most interesting. Jess' own storyline was not necessary in my opinion, but it also didn't bother me that much. It added some drama and some suspense, but it also interrupted the main story at times. The ending was really good. Although you could have guessed some of the revelations already, there still were surprises in store for the reader. All in all though I would say it's more of a family drama than a thriller. And the title could be better.

Claire Douglas – Then She Vanishes
von Miss.mesmerized am 21.06.2019
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

A double murder shakes the small seaside town of Tilby. Heather, a 32-year-old mother of a small boy has killed Clive Wilson, 58, and his mother Deirdre, 76, in the early hours before attempting suicide. But why did she do it? Did she even know them? Her mother is devastated and so is Heather’s childhood friend Jess, now a journ... A double murder shakes the small seaside town of Tilby. Heather, a 32-year-old mother of a small boy has killed Clive Wilson, 58, and his mother Deirdre, 76, in the early hours before attempting suicide. But why did she do it? Did she even know them? Her mother is devastated and so is Heather’s childhood friend Jess, now a journalist with a newspaper in Bristol. For almost twenty years, they had not been in contact, but now she is reaching out to the family Jess once regarded as her own. How can one single family be stricken by fate that often? Heather’s father was killed in an accident when a gun was fired, her older sister Flora went missing at the age of sixteen, and now this. There’s something rotten, obviously, but can Jess figure it out? Another page-turning mystery by Claire Douglas that hooked me immediately. I had high expectations that were totally fulfilled: many mysteries to solve, twists and turns, unexpected links and whole lot of characters that are not to be trusted. Just what you would expect from a great thriller. What I liked most about the story were the secrets that everybody keeps, those small things that seem to be without any importance but suddenly become crucial but then it’s already too late to tell them. And then, people have to live with the knowledge that they are keeping some major facts that when being told could have saved somebody or prevented a lot of things. The plot is quite complex, at the beginning it all seems quite obvious, yet, the more it advances the more characters are added and the more multi-layered it becomes. Whenever you think you have seen through it all, your theory simply crumbles and falls – and this works out until the very last page. Simply a great read that I could hardly put down.

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