I am thrilled to be one of the stops today on the blog tour for The Girl In The Missing Poster by Barbara Copperthwaite. Many thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
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!
Strangely enough, I actually remember 24th June 1994 very well and twins are also the reason! It was the day my own twins turned a week old and we had the most awful storm that day that both they and myself cried all the way through! So the night of Leila’s disappearance felt quite truthfully and vividly described throughout this gripping mystery.
As you all know, I love a “twin book” as I’ve always found that twin bond completely fascinating and have done ever since I found out I was expecting twins myself. I’ve seen first hand the bond between them that seems to be there from day one and that feeling of wanting to be seen as an individual but also needing that other person like you need your arms and legs! The loss of a twin is unlike any other and can cause lifeline mental health problems and from the start of TGITMP I could see that Stella was a very different person from the one she would have been if she still had her twin sister in her life.
This is a book full of grief, regrets and redemption with a wonderfully engaging character in the form of Stella who I admired greatly for her bravery and determination but OMG did she make some really, REALLY stupid decisions! And although there are plenty of clues as to what happened to Leila the night she went missing there are also plenty of unexpected twists that flip everything you think you know like a pancake on Shrove Tuesday. There are some difficult themes uncovered as the truth about “that night” unfolds and I was often reading as quickly as I could to get beyond the horrific details of the emails Stella received, a truly awful experience for anyone to have to read.
I’ve always loved Barbara’s books and this one has proved no different! It’s an all consuming psychological thriller that grabbed me from page one and physically held onto me until the end. I do have to admit that I worked out very early on who was responsible for the events of that darkly stormy night but there was one twist that I didn’t see coming so I call this a draw!
100% recommended by me!
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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