The Girls Who Disappeared: A Novel (Paperback)
“Claire Douglas is a mistress at weaving the reader into a web of domestic deceit.”—Jane Corry, author of The Dead Ex
A journalist’s life is threatened when she investigates the truth about a mysterious car crash that happened twenty years earlier in this gripping thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Couple at Number 9 and Just Like the Other Girls.
A car accident.
Three missing girls.
A twenty-year mystery.
A woman on the verge of discovering the truth . . .
In a rural Wilshire town lies the Devil’s Corridor—a haunted road which has witnessed eerie happenings, from unexplained deaths to the sounds of a child crying in the night.
In this bucolic stretch of Southwest England famous for its otherworldly sites, nothing is more puzzling than the Olivia Rutherford case. Four girls were driving home. After their car crashed only one—Olivia—was found.
What happened to the girls who disappeared? On the twentieth anniversary of the tragedy, journalist Jenna Halliday has arrived in Wiltshire to cover the case. The locals aren’t happy with this outsider determined to dig into the past. Least of all Olivia.
Soon, Jenna starts receiving menacing notes. The locals have made it clear she’s not welcome. But someone is going to make her leave one way or another. Jenna’s been warned: she must get out of this town before she suffers a dark fate . . . and becomes another mystery attached to this place.
About the Author
Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning Marie Claire’s Debut Novel Award for her first book, The Sisters, which became a bestseller. She lives in Bath, England, with her husband and two children.
"Douglas is the queen of the unexpected twist, and this is her best wrongfooting yet." — Gillian McAllister, author of Wrong Place Wrong Time
“Thrillingly tense and twisty.” — B. A. Paris, author of The Therapist
“Clever and terrifically compelling, I think The Girls Who Disappeared might be my new favorite Claire Douglas novel!”
— Sarah Pearse, author of The Retreat
“Claire is a mistress at weaving the reader into a web of domestic deceit.” — Jane Corry, author of The Dead Ex
"Moody, menacing and gothic, The Girls Who Disappeared is a chillingly atmospheric thriller." — J.P. Delaney, author of My Darling Daughter
"If, like me, you loved The Couple at Number 9, you are in for a treat. A cleverly plotted, dark and twisty thriller, which will keep you guessing until the end." — Alice Feeney, author of Daisy Darker
“This atmospheric mystery exposes many red herrings. The haunting setting is both creepy and captivating. Myth, legends, and folklore guide the belief system in this small town, making it impossible to trust anyone.” — Booklist
“A satisfying thriller that will keep readers guessing from start to finish. . . . There is so much to piece together in this puzzle of a thriller, and Claire Douglas has another feather in her cap to display for it.” — Bookreporter.com