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Local Gone Missing By Fiona Barton

Local Gone Missing‘Local Gone Missing’ is the latest book by Fiona Barton.

Elise King moves into the sleepy seaside town of Ebbing. Illness has thrown her career as a successful detective into doubt, but no matter how hard she tries to relax and recuperate, she knows that something isn’t right.Tensions are running high beneath the surface of this idyllic community: the weekenders in their fancy clothes, renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes. A town divided, with the threat of violence only a heartbeat away. This peaceful world is shattered when two teenagers end up in hospital and a local man vanishes without trace. Elise starts digging for answers, but the community closes ranks, and the truth begins to slip through her fingers. Because in a small town like this, the locals are good at keeping secrets.

I love Fiona Barton, ever since I read ‘The Widow’ I loved her dark and observational writing.

‘Local Gone Missing’ is an interesting story about a small town called Ebbing everyone knows everyone’s business and when local business Charlie Perry goes missing and then turns up dead. The town is in shock particularly after a music festival nearly kills two teenagers after taking drugs. The town has never seen as much action and when Elsie King, a detective who’s recovering from breast cancer finds herself helping out with the investigation along with budding Agatha Christie, Ronnie.

The story is seen from multiple narratives that adds an insightful slant to the story. There’s Dee, a cleaner for some of the interesting people in the Ebbing community, who’s husband is at the heart of the investigation, her childhood is dark and troubled and she’s determined that her son Cal will not suffer the same fate. I really enjoyed Elsie, she’s trying to take a break from work but it’s hard when it’s literally on her desktop and when the case is led by her ex boyfriend, old feelings and drama occur. There’s also inclusions from Charlie, a charismatic who’s finding it hard to keep all the women in his life satisfied.

The story reads like an introduction to a new series with DI Elsie King leading the charge, which is a different angle from Fiona’s previous books. The story is atmospheric and gripping with a range of complex and fascinating characters with different stories and dramas that all weave together in this thriller. As the story flows and we see the character progression, with a combination of comedy and drama that makes for gripping reading.

Packed with gossip, secrets and deceit, ‘Local Gone Missing’ is a thrilling police procedural
and dramatic story that’s cleverly written and packed with twists.

You can buy ‘Local Gone Missing’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Fiona Barton Releases New Book – The Child

The Child If you’re like me and loved Fiona Barton’s debut novel, ‘The Widow’, then you’re in for a treat, as she’s back in April 2017 with a new book called ‘The Child’.

The story of ‘The Child’ is –

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for a third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

I absolutely adored ‘The Widow’ so I can’t wait to get reading this book!

You can pre-order The Child from Amazon and will be available to buy from 6th April 2017.

The Widow By Fiona Barton

'The Widow‘The Widow’ is Fiona Barton’s debut novel.

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him? Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

‘The Widow’ is an gripping and dark story where suspense oozes from the pages.

The story is seen from the perspective of three people, the widow, the detective and the reporter who are all involved in the disappearance of a young girl called Bella.

The story starts at the beginning when a man called Glen Taylor is killed by a bus. Glen was the key suspect in the disappearance of Bella and both Bob Sparkes, the detective and Kate, the reporter hope that now Glen is out of the way, that his wife Jeanie, the widow will finally speak and they will be able to get closure on the case that has been running for the last couple of years.

The story cleverly flows from the present time to the past, when the incident first happened and how things have developed through the case, as Glen has maintained his innocence but things don’t add up in his statement and regularly he finds himself the main subject of the press. Glen is a domineering character, arrogant with a dangerous and secretive side, he manipulates his wife into thinking like him. Jeanie is a meek woman who is besotted with Glen she is loyal and true to her husband. She refuses to believe that he is involved but as time goes by, she notices things and wonders if her husband was the good man that he claimed to be.

The inclusion of the detective and the reporter gives a factual and humane spin on the story as Bob strives to find Bella and prays she is still alive whereas Kate is looking for the next big reveal.

Both Bob and Kate are written in the third person but interestingly Jeanie is seen from the first person. This made for gripping reading as we see the woman develop from a timid character to a woman who suddenly speaks her mind and wants to tell her story. After spending years in silence, Jeanie has a voice and a story to share.

I absolutely loved this book and it is genuinely worth all the hype around it. Fiona comes from the reporting background and with her knowledge and experience, this gives the book an authentic and factual feel to it. A story about deception and riddled with lies, ‘The Widow’ is a dark and gripping, psychological story about a person’s lust and what secrets lie behind closed doors.

You can pre-order The Widow from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 26th August 2016.