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The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas
Narrator: Joanne Froggatt, Clare Corbett
Published by HarperAudio on January 10, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 29 minutes
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Three missing girls. A twenty year mystery. A woman who may be able to crack this cold case.
In a rural Wilshire town lies The Devil's Corridor. 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 . . .
The Girls Who Disappeared is the second audio I’ve read from this author. I have to say I am a fan. The woman are often in bad situations and many times the men are horrible. In both stories, the murder was many years in the past.
The primary characters for me here were Jenna, the reporter, who is being given a chance to start a new format in a podcast, and Olivia, the only girl who survived the car crash. There are supporting characters and one called Stacey that it isn’t clear what connection she has until the end.
Jenna has great instincts and does an admirable job of having people, including law enforcement, talk to her. But she is putting herself, and others, in danger and is not really smart about it. She misses her son and is worried about her recent separation from her husband.
Olivia still struggles with some physical weakness from the car crash. Her legs are not the same and she has some pain, all these years later. She has sheltered herself at home with her mother and Wesley, her boyfriend. She finds she doesn’t agree with their stances more and more. Wesley has been good to her at times but I don’t feel he cares for her, she is just convenient for him.
Between Jenna, her research, and law enforcement, there are plenty of details to ponder. Olivia has never talked to anyone and when she and Jenna talk, it is an unburdening for her, to tell her own story. Olivia definitely feels some survivor’s guilt. My heart hurt for these two capable women, Jenna and Olivia, who weren’t getting a fair shake but doing well with what they had.
Eventually, all the details and twist come together and we know what happens. I’m really happy we also get to see the aftermath of how people end up once it is all out in the open. I loved this mystery with its well-developed characters, twists and the aspects beyond what happened to these girls.
One narrator was new to me and one I have heard previously. I was satisfied with the male and female voices. There was differentiation, with the points of view predominantly female, so female voices were comfortable for the story. I don’t know if the regional accents were accurate but they were easy to understand. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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