Publisher : Berkley (June 14, 2022)
Language : English
Hardcover : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 1984803042
Detective Elise King investigates a man's disappearance in a seaside town where the locals and weekenders are at odds with each other in this rich and captivating new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow.
Elise King is a successful and ambitious detective--or she was before a medical leave left her unsure if she'd ever return to work. She now spends most days watching the growing tensions in her small seaside town of Ebbing--the weekenders renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes.
Elise can only guess what really happens behind closed doors. But Dee Eastwood, her house cleaner, often knows. She's an invisible presence in many of the houses in town, but she sees and hears everything.
The conflicts boil over when a newcomer wants to put the town on the map with a giant music festival, and two teenagers overdose on drugs. When a man disappears the first night of the festival, Elise is drawn back into her detective work and starts digging for answers. Ebbing is a small town, but it's full of secrets and hidden connections that run deeper and darker than Elise could have ever imagined.
Praise for LOCAL GONE MISSING
"In the community of Ebbing, Fiona Barton has created a town full of suspense and a cast of characters with so many reasons to keep secrets buried deep. A dark and twisty read."--Nita Prose, New York Times bestselling author of The Maid
"Tense and full of reveals and twists. This compulsively dark mystery is a joy to read. Fiona Barton never disappoints!"--Lesley Kara, international bestselling author of The Rumor
"[F]inds all the right twists and turns...Barton successfully spins and weaves the novel's various storylines with ease....As in any good thriller, there's more to the story than meets the eye....[R]eaders will savor untangling the intricate web Barton weaves."--USA Today
“Fiona Barton does it again in her new novel Local Gone Missing....an excellent read for fans of the mystery and suspense genre. Perfect for fans of Kerry Wilkinson, Harlen Coben, and Karin Slaughter.” --Seattle Book Review
“Barton presents such an embarrassment of riches that the tale has almost run its course before the coppers have a chance to sit down with Stuart Bennett, the just-freed burglar...Layers and layers of unlovely revelations about people who seemed perfectly nice.”--Kirkus Reviews
"Barton’s facility at creating plausible characters makes emotional involvement with them easy. Minette Walters fans will be pleased."--Publishers Weekly
“Barton skillfully pivots here from the globe-trotting reporting that drives her Kate Waters series toward domestic crime awash in village secrets. Readers drawn in by Elise's hawk-eyed detecting and hard-edged vulnerability won’t see the final twist coming.”--Booklist
"Fans of Barton’s mysteries will enjoy identifying Ebbing’s bad actors and figuring out how the characters’ backstories weave together to allow Elise and her team to solve the crime."--Library Journal
“Barton writes with the pacing, plotting and richly drawn characters of the best English dramas on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. Cue this one up.”--Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A cleverly crafted puzzle that has emotional heft and social commentary as well as an intriguing web of mysteries.”--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[A] compulsive mystery that will have you pushing your bedtime, promising to read just one more chapter.”--E! Online
"Local Gone Missing follows a variety of residents in the tiny English seaside town, from an inquisitive cleaning lady with a dark past to vacationers with a secret agenda. It all comes to a head during a musical festival that ends with dual overdoses, a possible murder and a host of spilled secrets. New York Times bestselling author Fiona Barton spins a tangled web of dirty money, bloodshed and deceit. Though Local Gone Missing’s plot is wonderfully twisty with a surprising and satisfying conclusion, it’s the characters who stand out. Foremost among them is the compelling and well-drawn Elise, who’s struggling to adjust to life back on the force after returning from medical leave. Thanks to Barton’s airtight plotting and impeccable characterization, a minibreak by the sea will never seem relaxing again."--BookPage
“A captivating read. A first-grade suspense novel and highly recommended….Barton demonstrates, one more time, why she is considered a master of the craft.”--Mystery Tribune
I love a murder mystery and police procedural, especially with female detectives. In Local Gone Missing we get just that – we follow Detective Elise King who is recovering from an illness in small town of Ebbing. Hoping to keep things low key, she is drawn to an investigation when a well-known local goes missing, after a very controversial music festival takes place in town. With the help of her house cleaner Dee Eastwood and amateur sleuth Ronnie, she helps with the investigation.
I enjoyed the writing with its intricately weaved plot and sub plots. I enjoyed reading about multiple point of views and timelines, as well as some red herring thrown in that adds to the twists of the story, this was a fun read for me.
Part cozy, part police procedural, but wholly entertaining, I enjoyed Local Gone Missing a lot.
Thank you @Berkleypub for the gifted book - review is voluntary and my opinions.
Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in Sussex and south-west France.
Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.
While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .