Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense · Thriller

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. (2019).

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Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. (2019).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

The fair came to town. Flora disappeared.
Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister Flora vanished in 1994. Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather. But it’s now 2012 and Heather has been accused of an awful crime. And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she’s avoided for so long. What really happened the night Flora disappeared?

An intriguing why-dunnit (not to be mistaken with a who-dunnit) mystery that I think a lot of readers would like. The timeline changes between 2012 where Heather is accused of murdering two people, and 1994 when Flora goes missing and also includes several different character perspectives. Involving quite a few red herrings and many secrets, readers will think they know what’s happened only to turn a few pages and it’s all changed again. I was definitely drawn in and wanted to know what had happened in both timelines. I felt like the end was a bit unsatisfactory as for me explanations for some events felt just that bit too far-fetched and unbelievable. However, I still found it a good read overall and it’s one I would recommend for those that enjoy a mystery story.

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