Fiona Barton

Local Gone Missing
  • Local Gone Missing

  • 'In the community of Ebbing, Fiona Barton has created a town full of suspense and a cast of characters with so many reasons to keep secrets buried deep. A dark and twisty read.' NITA PROSE, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE MAID


    'Tense and full of reveals and twists. This compulsively dark mystery is a joy to read. Fiona Barton never disappoints!' LESLEY KARA

    One more lie among so many can't hurt.

    Elise King never expected to live somewhere like Ebbing. Her career as a successful, ambitious detective meant everything to her. But then illness left her unsure if she'd ever return to work and in need of some rest and recuperation. So, here she is.

    At first glance, Ebbing seems a small, sleepy seaside town. But Elise soon realises that tensions are running high: the weekenders in their fancy clothes, renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes. A town, divided.

    And while Elise watches and wonders what's really going on behind closed doors, Dee Eastwood, her cleaner, often knows. She's an invisible presence in many of the houses in town but she sees and hears everything.

    Tensions in the town reach boiling point when two teenagers end up in hospital and a local man vanishes without trace. Elise starts digging for answers, and in a close-knit place like this it should be easy. But even the smallest of towns can harbour the darkest of secrets...

    Everyone's a suspect when a local goes missing.

    Praise for Fiona Barton:

    'Utterly engrossing' Shari Lapena

    'Intelligent, insightful and compelling' C L Taylor

    'Engrossing. Suspenseful' Stephen King


Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, and has been published in thirty-seven countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, and her third, The Suspect, were both bestsellers. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives on the south coast in West Sussex. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. She interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most...

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