Everyone makes mistakes, especially teenagers. In Local Girl Missing, Frankie returns to her home town. A phone call from the brother of her missing best friend Sophie, brings Frankie back to a place of bad memories and ghosts. Frankie wants to help Daniel find out the truth of what happened to Sophie all those years ago.
The story is told in the present from Frankie’s point of view. It’s very apparent that Frankie is very much coming apart. Pressure from her fathers recent stroke, the inability to get close to anyone following her ex-husbands betrayal, and now the awful job of piecing together how her best friend went missing all provide the perfect storm for Frankie’s unraveling.
The author manages to tell the story of what happened before Sophie went missing by using excepts of Sophie’s diary. This technique works well, and fits seamlessly into the story told in the present. I found the story told by Sophie gave a very different picture to Frankie. However it acts as a good counterbalance to the story from the present.
I liked Local Girl Missing. Sometimes books written from several characters points of view can become disjointed, however Local Girl Missing rises above that. With a relatively small cast of characters the author manages to tell a compelling and well written tale. It’s not the cleverest or most complicated of plots. But you know what? Sometimes complicated isn’t needed.
The book has a lot of references to the music scene from the 1990’s. Much of these are specific to the UK. For myself this felt comforting and familiar. However these references in Local Girl Missing may well be lost on international readers.
All in all I greatly enjoyed Local Girl Missing. It was an easy read and at no point became dull therefore I am happy to give this 4 stars.
****Disclaimer – I have been kindly provided with a copy of Local Girl Missing by the author Claire Douglas, Penguin Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is my honest review and all opinions are my own****