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The Girls Who Disappeared

By: Claire Douglas
Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt,Clare Corbett
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The gripping novel from the bestselling author of THE COUPLE AT NO 9.

Three girls missing...

Twenty years ago: One rainy night, Olivia Rutherford is driving three friends home when a figure in the road causes her to swerve and crash. Regaining consciousness, she finds herself alone in the car - her friends have vanished.

They are never seen again...

Now: Journalist Jenna Halliday visits the close-knit community of Stafferbury to persuade Olivia to talk and solve the mystery of the girls' disappearance. But Olivia won't speak.

What happened?

Is Olivia hiding something?

Why are the people of Stafferbury so frightened?

How many secrets can one small town hide?

©2022 Claire Douglas (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Clever. Gripping. Terrifically compelling. Kept me glued to the page." (Sarah Pearse)

"A deliciously dark, captivating and twisty mystery from the Queen of Gripping Pageturners." (C. L. Taylor)

"Absorbing, atmospheric...a tense, spine-chilling mystery." (Gilly Macmillan)

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Woeful narration tortured this thriller to death

I know Claire Corbett and Joanne Frogatt are both loved by many and highly respected as narrators and probably lovely people with super talents … when properly cast but together they managed to turn this thriller into a dirge.
Author Claire Douglas is hit and miss for me - love some of her thrillers like “Lasr seen alive” and ‘Couple at No9” with “Local Girl Missing” being really superb and in a class of its own…but really could not stand or finish “Just like all the other girls”, “Do NotDisturb” or “The Sisters”.

It is hard really to judge “The Girls Who Disappeared” as it was really destroyed by the poor casting of narrators.
First off age - while Joanne Froggatt pulled off the youngish journalist role well and gave a good performance, I would have preferred a little more pizazz as it sounded rather like listening to Emmerdale or another one of the soaps. If she had not been paired with a much older Claire Corbett playing an even younger role, I think the audiobook would not have been so desperately dull to listen to.

Claire was possibly the most unconvincing riding school worker I have ever heard. Each sentence was blurted out robot style with a big gap as she presumably gasped for air. The “T”s and “P”s popped staccato like which in fairness the sound engineer should have been able to at least soften a little. Generally it just was such a tense prim prissy goody two shoes read that it was hard to listen to - so I concentrated on those chapters read by the other narrator but in the end gave up.

I listen to audio books for relaxation and this was just like nails down a chalk board.

The premise of the book was good, though so many characters seemed to have really odd names. I also found the description of the smooth tanned flawless skin of a man’s arm being like “Cake Icing” to be a bit bizarre and there were a few other bits that gave me a chuckle. Also the half Spanish guy with the French name Jean Paul as Cc pronounced it or John Paul As narrated by JF so hard to know especially as when CC voiced him his “very slightly Spanish accent” wildly veered between “Allo “Allo” and Manuel from “Fawlty Towers”.

I was not drawn in enough by the book to buy it in print as it did seem to be heading for being rather preposterous so I gave up.

I suppose it is a blessing in a way as if it had been cast better, perhaps with the fab Emilia Fox as in the very excellent “Local Girl Missing” I would have read on and probably been disappointed by the plot reveal.

Hoping for a return to form from Claire Douglas, as this one was just all a bit humdrum despite the trip to Thailand.

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absolutely brilliant

one of the best audio books I've purchased. if you like a dark plot', mystery and good characters. couldn't recommend enough

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Not Claire's best work, unfortunately. A luke warm story line with a luke warm ending.

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Brilliant read

Keeps you guessing all the way through. A good storyline and interesting characters . Very enjoyable read .

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Joanne Froggatt was excellent.

The other narrator, however, not so much. Like being read to by your satnav. The story was good, but I think I would have enjoyed it more with just Joanne's narration, or alternatively, to have read a physical copy of the book myself.

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Grimacing at the Narrator 😬

Struggled with this...which was sad as I loved the previous book.
Narrator sounded like a Newsreader 😕

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Appalling narration by Clare Corbett and not well written.

I really wish I hadn’t bought this book. If I could have returned it I would have done half way through. Joanne Froggatt did her best with a poorly written novel but Clare Corbett was terrible. She uses the same 2 inflections throughout alternating each sentence and has no ability to give light and shade. She plays the over riding emotion of each scene regardless of what’s happening in the moment or what the dialogue is saying. She’s breathy and doesn’t seem to have done any work at all in understanding the story. Even her chirpy chapter announcements were jarring me. I don’t understand why she’s given so much work. I enjoyed the story itself but the writing felt immature. That said with narration as poor as this it’s hard to tell. I wouldn’t recommend this book though I’m sure some people will enjoy it.

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🔥 LOVED EVERY MINUTE 🔥

Once again, Claire Douglas has wowed me with her fantastic writing. I don't think there's a Claire Douglas book I haven't liked yet.
Some writers tend to lose the magic they start off with after writing so many great books but Claire just keeps on writing page turner after page turner. Highly recommended especially on Audible as the narration by Clare Corbett and Joanne Froggatt is supurb.

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Exciting till the end

Loved the plot, the story, the twists. I am officially a fan if Claire Douglas and will definitely try another book of her's.

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Narration let the book down

Another intriguing mystery/ psychology drama. Biggest flaw was the narration, they just didn’t do justice to the story, wasn’t shocking just blah. The story line kept me interested enough to ignore the narrators, not sure who I would have preferred to narrate, preferred the narration of previous book The Couple At No Nine. Maybe I should of read this book ,