Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas



DNF at 31%

I can’t. I just… I just can’t. Reasons?

1. All the characters are very immature. Frankie just looooves talking and thinking about boys, especially Daniel, and would rather keep her reputation than do everything that she can to work out if her best friend was murdered. She’s also really passive aggressive, especially when she’s talking to the ‘spirit of Sophie’, eg ”Just because you fancied him Soph, it didn’t mean everyone did”. Daniel gets arsey really easily and holds some serious grudges where he’d rather get into a fight than try to get answers. Leon is aggressive and used phrases like ”If you’ve got something to say, Danny Boy, then say it!” 

2. Some of the writing was very repetitive, not just in the sense that lots of the same descriptive words and phrases were used, ”a shadow passes over his face”, but whole sections are repeated, for example, her desire to break up with Mike but not having the guts to do so after her dad’s stroke.

3. So. Many. Similes. None of them particularly good.
”Questions speed through my mind like galloping racehorses.”
“Her nail varnish was a pale blue, like a corpse.”
“The wave whipping themselves into a fury like rabid dogs frothing at the mouth.”
“Rain slashes against the glass like a maniac with a knife.”

4. Cliche – “I KNOW WHAT YOU’VE DONE” 

5. Felt to YA for me.

Other people seemed to really like this but it wasn’t my cup of tea at all, might be worth checking out if you don’t mind a lot of romance in crime novels.

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.


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