Local Gone Missing

Local Gone Missing

The must-read atmospheric thriller of 2022

Summary

'I absolutely loved this smart, twisty novel' SHARI LAPENA

'A dark and twisty read' NITA PROSE, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE MAID


THE TENSE AND COMPELLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WIDOW AND THE CHILD.

Everyone watches their neighbours.

Elise King moves into the sleepy seaside town of Ebbing. Illness has thrown her career as a successful detective into doubt, but no matter how hard she tries to relax and recuperate, she knows that something isn't right.

Everyone lies about their friends.

Tensions are running high beneath the surface of this idyllic community: the weekenders in their fancy clothes, renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes. A town divided, with the threat of violence only a heartbeat away.

Everyone knows a secret.

This peaceful world is shattered when two teenagers end up in hospital and a local man vanishes without trace. Elise starts digging for answers, but the community closes ranks, and the truth begins to slip through her fingers. Because in a small town like this, the locals are good at keeping secrets...

Everyone's a suspect when a local goes missing.

'A fab, twisty-turny mystery' The Sun

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

'I was completely swept up in this story of a seaside town full of dark secrets - the pace was perfect, the characters so skilfully drawn and the ending was masterful. I loved it!' KATHERINE FAULKNER, author of Greenwich Park

Readers are gripped by Local Gone Missing!
'Fiona Barton is a brilliant author, and her stories are utterly compelling. Like all her books, this one is simply a must read.' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'I absolutely loved this book and raced through. Brilliant story and brilliant writing - I highly recommend!' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'This was an absolute page turner. Loved it from start to finish!' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Reviews

  • Fiona Barton is a brilliant storyteller, a master of plot and character. I absolutely loved this smart, twisty novel!
    Shari Lapena

About the author

Fiona Barton

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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