The Girls Who Disappeared

The brand-new thriller from the bestselling author of The Couple at No 9

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Pub Date 15 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 3 Oct 2022

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'Clever. Gripping. Terrifically compelling. Kept me glued to the page' SARAH PEARSE

'Moody, menacing and gothic, The Girls Who Disappeared is a chillingly atmospheric thriller' JP DELANEY

'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

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?


'Totally gripping from start to finish, twists and turns galore' 5***** READER REVIEW

'I was gripped from the very beginning' 5***** READER REVIEW

'Another great keep-you-guessing read from a fabulous author'

'It's getting harder and harder for thrillers to shock, but this one hit the mark. Fantastic'

'A gripping story which kept me awake last night as I had to finish reading it!'


Praise for Claire Douglas

'Devotees of domestic noir will love the multiple perspectives and shifts in time that Claire Douglas uses to complicate her nervy narrative' Sunday Times Crime Club

'Few people do psychological thrillers as claustrophobic and as creepy as Claire Douglas' Tim Weaver

'A gripping page-turner' Jane Fallon

'Smart and atmospheric' Gillian McAllister

'Spine-chilling' Sunday Times

'Intriguing. Twisting. Surprising. Touching' Dorothy Koomson

'Twisty, nail-biting and utterly absorbing' Louise O'Neill

'Claire is a mistress at weaving the reader into a web of domestic deceit' Jane Corry

'The perfect gripping holiday read' Lesley Pearse

'Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train' Marie Claire


'Clever. Gripping. Terrifically compelling. Kept me glued to the page' SARAH PEARSE

'Moody, menacing and gothic, ...

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Another great, keep you guessing, read from a fabulous author.

Twenty years ago, a car crashed in the woods with 4 teenage girls inside. By the time the driver regained consciousness, she was the only one left. The other three seemingly vanished into thin air and have not been seen since. Just what happened to Olivia’s friends on that fateful night? And does Olivia know more than she is letting on? Why is she so reluctant to speak to Jenna, a journalist who has arrived in the village with a view to making a podcast about the incident?

I’ve read a couple of Claire’s books and would highly recommend.

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I recently read The Couple at Number 9 and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really excited to get my hands on her new novel The Girls Who Disappeared.
This is another winner! The story centres around a journalist Jenna who is looking to do a podcast regarding a car accident that took place 20 years ago. She wants to speak to the only survivor Olivia but no one seems to want her in the village asking questions and everyone seems to be hiding something. There are two stories being told in the story and at first I couldn’t put it all together, once the penny dropped it all made sense and added a whole other level to the book.
A gripping story which kept me awake last night as I had to finish reading it! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC, this is a fabulously gripping read!!

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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.
I loved it. It was like Then She Vanishes but in a darkest way possible. Definitely recommend this.
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph UK for giving me an advance copy.

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Wow. I think breathless with anticipation is the best description of the way I felt when reading this book. It is a fantastic story, the missing girls, the sinister forest and then the chapters that seem to belong to another book but that you know hold the key to everything. This is definitely my book of the year so far and it is one which will take some beating. Can't wait to read more of this author's work.

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I just love any books from Claire Douglas and have read them since her first one. In all her books I love the twists and turns that make you try to work out the “who dunit “
The book as always is well written and it keeps you guessing and trying to work out the next chapter..
Loved the twist at the end, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Claire.
My thanks as always to NetGalley and Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House .Penguin for the early read

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This is an excellent read. It's so intricately plotted that it kept me glued to it, with no idea how it was going to end. The setting is really vivid - I was shivering despite reading it on a sunny June day. The story is incredibly engrossing, and the characters are all interesting. At some point, everyone looks suspicious! I was so curious to see how the two strands of the story would come together and it was a brilliant reveal. I haven't read this author before - what an introduction!

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Each time I pick up a Claire Douglas book I know I am going to be in for a wild ride with an ending that I just wont see coming but will make perfect sense!

This time was no exception, following the characters as they try to figure out what happened 20 years ago was so engaging that I had trouble putting it down. That there seemed to be another story hidden within this one at first threw me but I realised it had to be there for a reason and so paid more attention to those parts in the hope they would give me clues to what had happened and was happening now.

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Claire Douglas simply doesn’t write a wrong word or poor story. I have read some of her other books and this one is amazing. Cleverly written and an book you cannot put down.I loved it!
The character are well, rounded and I really just couldn’t say one thing I didn’t love about this book.

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