Title: Then She Vanishes
Author: Claire Douglas
Pub Date: June 2019
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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THE ONLY THING MORE SHOCKING THAN THE FIRST CHAPTER . . . IS THE LAST.
Everything changed the night Flora 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?
Then She Vanishes is a well-executed mystery novel, but genre fans will be quick to figure out who’s the killer. It may not be impressive, but it is still a pretty good read, that will entertain you for some hours, make you question things but not scare you, ruining your sleep. It will manage to surprise you at some points, and you won’t resist the appeal of the story.
The blurb boasts that the last chapter is more shocking than the first one. To be honest, I’d say it’s an overstatement. The ending at that point is pretty clear, and the last revelation won’t shock many readers. The overall mystery could be better played out, the ending seemed a little disappointing considering how strong the book till the last chapters. I’d appreciate if the events were given more meaning, instead of playing on the randomness and cruelty of the world.
Even considering the less than perfect aspects of the book, I still enjoyed it and I wouldn’t be mad with ending up reading this book while waiting for a delayed flight. The read is good at the time of reading, but it forgettable which makes it an unlikely candidate for a book recommendation.