Hi everyone, Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Girl in the Missing Poster, the latest novel by Barbara Copperthwaite. I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down this post.
24 June, 1994 – Nineteen-year-old Leila Hawkins runs from her father’s birthday party into the stormy night wearing her sister Stella’s long red coat. Some say she was crying, others swear they saw her get into a passing car. Nobody ever saw her again.
Present – This time every year, on the anniversary of that fateful night, Stella decorates the small seaside town she grew up in with pictures of her beautiful missing sister. But after twenty-five years, is it even worth hoping someone will come forward? Perhaps the upcoming documentary will spark people’s memories by reuniting all the guests who were there the night Leila went missing.
As old friends gather and long-buried secrets begin to surface, the last thing Stella ever expects is a direct response from someone claiming they took Leila. They want private details of Stella’s life in return for answers. But as the true events of the night of the party play out once again, who is lying? And who is next?
From the bestselling author of The Perfect Friend, this absolutely gripping psychological thriller will keep you up all night and leave you sleeping with the light on. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us this book is for you!
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Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET.
More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).
Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers’ eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.
When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.
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I always look forward to a book from Barbara Copperthwaite and was delighted to receive an arc copy from Bookouture and take part in the blog tour!
Twenty five years ago Leila Hawkins went missing after running from her father’s party wearing her twin sister Stella’s coat. Stella has struggled to come to terms with her sister’s disappearance, she feels like she is missing a part and every year on the anniversary she covers their home town in posters of Leila in the hope that someone will come forward with details.
Up until now this has been a futile exercise but on the most recent occasion she is approached to do a Netflix documentary on the case and agrees. The documentary causes quite a stir amongst family and friends and a few (including Stella) are hiding secrets from the fateful night.
Every single person was a suspect to me in this book; I loved the slow build up of events and the secrets being peeled back. Stella is a dog behaviourist and I found that a refreshing addition to the story, she “reads” those around her just as she does her clients.
I really like that part of the story were told in the documentary style, it helped you to understand how things might be perceived outside the bubble of grief and loss that Stella was in.
Thanks to the red herrings within the book I was totally shocked by the ending and the last few chapters took my breath away!