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The Girls Who Disappeared

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The Girls Who Disappeared was a sorted tale about a group of young women that were involved in an incident in the 90s. Three girls were on their way back from a club and the driver, Olivia, flips the car. When Olivia comes to in distress, both girls are gone. In present day, Jenna is going through the recent disillusionment of her marriage. She has left her young son behind in order to investigate the story for a podcast. Jenna is a reporter and arrives in town to produce a podcast about the disappearance on the girls and the implication of Olivia in the incident. During her investigation, she acquires the help and support from Dale, the local detective that has just reopened the case. Jenna gives the story a voice and uncovers more of the story while also getting herself into trouble. This was a fun mystery. It went a bit fast, and I could have had more time to digest the story, but I was found of the characters. I am also a sucker for full exposition which is personal preference.

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This was the first Claire Douglas book that I read, and it would not be my last. The story was intricate and had me hooked from the very beginning. I devoured this especially on audiobook. i could not stop listening until I finished. I loved the book so much that I have bought a majority of her other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Claire Douglas is now one of my favorite authors.

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Thank you to my partners, NetGalley and Harper Audio, and the author. I appreciate the gifted audiobook, and I am leaving this review voluntarily!

1. ๐‘ท๐’๐’…๐’„๐’‚๐’”๐’• - I love true crime podcasts and love when they are used in the plot of a novel! It fits the storyline of this one perfectly.

2. ๐‘บ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’” - Olivia has had to live with the knowledge that she is still here and her three friends are not after a terrible accident; although, the mystery is that no one knows what happened to the friends.

3. ๐‘บ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐‘ป๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐‘ซ๐’“๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚ - Small towns always bring rumors and drama and this is apparent within the story. It always adds to the suspense.

4. ๐‘จ ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ด๐’š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’š - The mystery of the accident and the girls was so well-written. I had no idea what happened and when it was revealed, I was shocked!

5. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฌ๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’–๐’† - Whoa! Now that was an ending that came out of left field!!! It is great when the twists continue right up to the last word!

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I'm always hesitant about thrillers. They can either be so good or so far out there with twists that it's ridiculous. This was definitely on the good end. We have a fast paced story with a lot going on, but one that at least makes sense. The two different storylines were handled well and the multi-pov format was easy enough to follow. If you enjoy thrillers and a bit of twistiness, you will likely enjoy this one.

*Thank you to Netgalley, Claire Douglas, and Penguin for the E-Audio copy.

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This is a 3.5 for me. I really wanted to get through it, but got bored. I LOVED The Couple at Number 9. I really like Claire Douglas's writing style, however this just wasn't clicking for me. Maybe I would like it more as a print book instead of an audiobook.

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From my blog: Always With a Book

This is the third book Iโ€™ve read by Claire Douglas and I really like her books. They are engaging and twistyโ€ฆjust how I like my psychological thrillers!

This was so atmospheric and unsettling right from the start. Itโ€™s told using a dual narrative and that really had me on edge as I tried to piece together the mystery of what happened to the girls. This is more of a slow-burner with parts that speed up at times, and that worked well here. I loved how there was this ominous feeling of something not being right, but just not being able to figure it out.

The twists and turns this one took really took me by surprise and even though I didnโ€™t love all the characters, I still found I couldnโ€™t walk away from this one. I needed answers and thatโ€™s ok. Sometimes I can still read and enjoy a book without liking all the characters! What really sold me on this one was the podcast element โ€“ I really have come to love this in books โ€“ and how tense the story was. It really made for a suspenseful read! Plus the audio was really good! All in all, I enjoyed this one and am definitely eager to check out Claireโ€™s backlist when I have the time!

Audio thoughts: This is the third book Iโ€™ve read by this author and the third one Iโ€™ve listened to. Her books just seem to translate well onto audio and this one was no exception. It was narrated by Joanne Froggart and Clare Corbett and they both did an amazing job with the narration! I think thatโ€™s what made this one so enjoyable!

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3.5 stars!

I was initially drawn right into the storyline of the very night the group of girls went missing during a rainy night that caused their car accident. I enjoyed the alternating POVs and the mysterious vibes of the story, with the addition of a spooky road and a town with a haunted past 200 years ago, when a group of farm girls also went missing.

Somewhere along the way, the story started to drift away from me though, and I landed on 3-3.5 stars. I highly recommend the audio and really enjoyed the narrator.

*many thanks to Harper Perennial and Harper Audio for the gifted copy and audiobook for review

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Intresting but very predictable. Charcters were not interesting and did not stay with me. Buy the time I finish the book I forgot what it was- sorry

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I was waiting for this story to get better but it never did. I kept reading until the end thinking the ending was going to save it but unfortunately for me it didn't .

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This was an intriguing mystery, but I did not warm to the characters. There were too many of them and I had a hard time distinguishing between them. I wanted to know more about some and feel more depth to the plot and the story.

I did not like the part of the book that flashed back to Thailand and I felt that some of the plot points did now ring true for me. The setting was good and the main character was strong. I appreciated the cold case mystery of the missing girls and was quite hopeful about the story, but I felt it was not well developed and seemed to spin out of control.

Many thanks to Netgalley, Edelweiss, Harper Paperbacks and Claire Douglas for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I always love reading this author and am so excited to get the arcs. This one didn't disappoint. Thank you for another great one

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The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas

This story is about 3 girls that went missing 20 years ago. Olivia was stuck in the car the night they all disappeared after the accident. Olivia, her mum and the families havenโ€™t been the same since.

Jenna a journalist shows up to make a podcast on the missing girls. What entails is a town who doesnโ€™t like questions, mysteries and eerie happenings.

I really enjoyed this book! I had so many questions on what was going on the whole time. I liked the characters and the twists in the book. I always have a hard time reviewing thrillers because I donโ€™t want to give it away! But if your a fan of thrillers or just want a good read this is for you!

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"Don't trust anyone. Everyone is lying."

Trust me, everyone has something to hide in the very eerie atmospheric The Girls Who Disappeared by elite mystery author Claire Douglas.

In 1998 four best friends are out partying with Olivia the designated driver. As they drive down Devil's Corridor, the small town's nightmare road of horror stories, Olivia slams on the breaks when she sees a man standing in the rainy road. They crash, Olivia passes out, when she comes to she's pinned to the steering wheel and her three friends are gone. They are never heard from again.

On the 20th anniversary BBC podcaster Jenna arrives in the dreary dark town to investigate the unsolved mystery. Quickly, it's made clear she is not welcome with dead birds left at her door, notes on her windshield warning her to leave, and an attack from behind leaving her unconscious. All of these threats just enforces that she is close to figuring out the truth of that night.

Award winning actress Joanne Froggatt and Clare Corbett are exceptional in their performances of this twisty mystery. From Jenna's stoic podcaster trying not to let her failing marriage effect her job, Olivia's PTSD from the trauma, to the pathetic cruel Wesley they make these characters real emotional beings.

There are three time lines. The present, the 1998 timeline and a third from the 1980s about students vacationing in Greece that at first feels like it was placed in the book by mistake. It's definitely not there in error. Blew my mind how it's connected to everything in the past and present.

This audiobook is like a Sunday night Masterpiece PBS Mystery Theater drama with all the clues, the red herrings, the wild reveals and, if you are a mystery lover like me, a perfect entertaining evening.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Harper Audio via #NetGalley for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Thank You to NetGalley and Harper Audio for this free ARC.

I love Claire Douglas and this book did not disappoint. I couldn't put it down. It is suspenseful with its twists and turns. I like that it switches between some of the characters to tell the story and you wonder who is believable and telling the truth. The storyline is interesting and well told and I love the book cover. A narrator can make or break an audiobook and I loved the narrator.

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4 girls on their way home after a night out. Suddenly there's someone in the road and Olivia swerves to avoid the person. Next thing she knows she's in the wrecked car with her legs mangled. No sign of her three friends. 20 years later and a journalist is making a BBC podcast about the mysterious disappearance of the 3 girls. But as she starts interviewing local people, another person is murdered and she receives death threats asking her to leave.
Is their disappearance linked to the eerie happenings in the area or did they simply leave? A good mystery with a few twists. Well narrated.

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Twenty years ago, three girls mysteriously disappeared one night after a car accident. Olivia, the driver, is trapped in the car and has no idea what happened to her friends. Jenna, a BBC reporter, decides to investigate the incident for her podcast.

I liked the atmosphere of the book. Itโ€™s set on the creepy Devils Corridor. The town is built near some standing stones and there are lots of legends and myths of hauntings in the area.

Unfortunately, I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ll remember this book for very long. It was a little slow at times and just a flat thriller. The end was pretty lack luster, too! All in all, it was just fine! Three stars!

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of the audiobook in return for my honest review!

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Right from the start, with the auro accident you are drawn into the story. The audio book was well done with the reader using different accidents for various characters. The main story takes place in a Wiltshire village, where a reporter is trying to put together the story of the disappearance of three girls twenty years previously. I was intrigued by the main charater running a horseback riding stable, but due to a leg injury she never seemed to get on a horse. She had an instructor come and give occaisional lessons. Having run a riding school myself, it sounded rathe impracticle. There seemed to be two different stories, but they tied together in the end. I really enjoy this writer, she draws you in and keeps you hooked with an exciting plot and interesting characters.

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I couldn't finish a single chapter the narrator sounds squeaky and annoying. The story line has promise so I might try the book

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Solid mystery. I thought the two timelines were confusing at first. I tended to forget about the previous by the time it was brought back up. But they came together nicely. There were a few mysteries and they all resolved and made sense. It was a bit eerie at times. I enjoyed the story

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I absolutely love Claire Douglas books and the audio was SO GOOD!!! The narrator did an excellent job bringing the story to life.

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