Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas
THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SHOCK YOU MORE THAN THE FIRST CHAPTER . . .
IS THE LAST. . .
Jess and Heather were once best friends – until the night Heather’s sister Flora vanished. The night that lies tore their friendship apart.
But years later, when a brutal double murder shakes their childhood town, Jess returns home.
Because the suspect is Heather.
What happened to the girl you used to know?
My Review ~
The prologue begins in March 2012. An individual with a shotgun in their hand and murder on their mind. We then watch on as a man and woman are shot in cold blood and at close range. But the killer knew there was a witness and just casually left the scene of the crime. Why did they murder the people? What is their motive?
We are then introduced to Bristol and Somerset Herald journalist Jessica Fox. She is writing up the murders of mother and son Clive Wilson (58) and Deirdre Wilson (76). The suspect is local woman Heather Underwood (32), but she is in critical condition after administering a near fatal gunshot wound to her chest.
The name Heather Underwood leads Jessica to one question and one question only…
‘Is it my Heather?’
It then becomes clear that Jessica is acquainted with the suspected perpetrator and her family. But will this help or hinder Jess in getting close to the family and uncovering their secrets?
The family background of both Heather and Jess is detailed over the following story and weaved within the narrative. The biggest question remains on everyone’s mind…
‘Why would someone want to kill an old lady who never hurt a fly’
I did find the title had a slow (ish) start after the opening murder scene description and had moments of slow burn throughout. That being said I love the coastal location. The idea of secrets from the past and the intense ‘why she did it’ as opposed to ‘who did it’. 4*