Book Review: The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas

“Three missing girls. A twenty-year mystery. A woman who may be able to crack this cold case.”

Set to be released on 15th September, The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas is set in a rural Wilshire town where The Devil’s Corridor lies. A road which has witnessed eerie happenings from unexplained deaths to the sounds of a child crying at night. But nothing more puzzling than the Olivia Rutherford case. Four girls drove home but after their car crashed only Olivia was found.

Twenty years later, journalist Jenna Halliday is covering the case. But the locals aren’t happy with this stranger’s arrival. Least of all Olivia. Jenna soon starts receiving threatening notes and it is clear someone wants her out of this town before she suffers a dark fate…


Thank you to Penguin Michael Joseph for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An intriguing mystery with a haunting setting, The Girls Who Disappeared is a pacey and well-developed thriller with compelling characters and a hint of the paranormal.

I loved the true crime documentary approach to this story as Jenna interviews those involved in the disappearance for her podcast, working alongside a local detective to try to discover the facts. The main characters are all very engaging which keeps you invested, and they are all strongly developed which makes them even more relatable.

The setting also plays an important part in the story and The Devil’s Corridor is described well enough to give you a chill as Jenna navigates this new town full of mystery and secrets.

With a third narrative taking place in the past alongside Jenna and Olivia’s present-day perspectives featuring an unknown set of characters, I had no idea how these two stories would weave together, and couldn’t predict how the story was going to play out. It left me guessing right until the end, and the final conclusions left me very satisfied.

Another brilliant thriller from Claire Douglas, I definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy of this one!


The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas
Release Date: 15th September 2022
Print Length: 400 pages
Genre: Psycological Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph

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