Monday 22 July 2019

Blog Tour ~ Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

It's great to be involved in the blog tour for this exciting psychological thriller

Then She Vanishes
Penguin Books
ebook 27 June
Paperback 8 August 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and the invitation to be part of the blog tour

Everything changed the night Flora Powell disappeared.

Heather and Jess were best friends - until the night Heather's sister vanished. Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather.But now Heather is accused of an awful crime.

And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she's avoided for so long:

What really happened the night Flora disappeared?

What did I think about it..

The story starts with a dramatic opening and this sense of drama continues throughout the whole of this clever psychological thriller. Heather and Jess grew up in the sleepy seaside town of Tilby, and Jess spent more time with Heather's family than she did with her own indifferent mother. The Powell's looked after her, and so when Jess, Heather's older and more lively sister, goes missing it affects Jess just as deeply as the rest of the family. Years later, Jess has returned to Tilby and is working as a journalist on the local paper, and as tragedy strikes again, she is once again gets caught up in the deadly secrets which surround the Powell family.

The She Vanishes is a complex suspense story which not only looks at the minutiae of a family caught up in a devastating tragedy, but which also takes in the wider picture of how such a catastrophic event can have so many repercussions. I enjoyed how the story was told in different voices which brought the main characters to life in a believable way and it was interesting to see Jess working on the local paper and her conflicting emotions as she is torn between bringing a newsworthy story to life, whilst at the same time having sympathy towards Heather and her family.

I thought the overall effect of story was good, it kept my attention throughout, and whilst the secret at the heart of Flora's disappearance forms most of the mystery, it doesn't make up the whole, as  it is obvious from the opening chapter that there are deeper issues at play here.

Then She Vanishes is a gripping psychological thriller which will be published in paperback by Penguin on the 8 August. It is currently available as a kindle book for just  99p

It's a great afternoon in the garden kind of story 😊

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women's magazines and national newspapers, but she's dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive and Do Not Disturb, all Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.

Twitter @DougieClaire #ThenSheVanishes


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