The Girls Who Disappeared, a review by Shelley

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Claire Douglas

Harper Paperbacks
Expected Publication January 10th, 2023
400 pages
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I do not like writing bad reviews so I just have to admit to myself that this author and I are not a good mix. Please read other reviews as it has many good ones, but this was the second book by this author that is just not for me. This story was really slow to start, never really picked up the pace, and failed to keep me engaged.

I did like the dual timeline of the past and present, it is one of my favourite types of books to read. There were many excellent characters in the book and you never really know who exactly you can trust. The was such a spooky element in the plot, perfect for this time of year. Lots of maybe supernatural and/or paranormal elements to keep you entertained.

Unfortunately, there was no surprising twist and although that isn’t necessary to enjoy a good thriller, this one so lacked in other areas it made it even more disappointing. It felt like I was reading someone’s personal diary and not a story at all. The parallel Thailand sections had me confused as to whether it was in the past or present.

In the end, it started to get way too over the top for me and by the time I got there I just really didn’t care what happened any longer as I wasn’t invested in the story at all by that point. The ending was also quite disappointing because the story had merged into something I had found very frustrating. I really find writing bad reviews so much harder than the good ones. I just think I am the wrong person for this type of book.


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