Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

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The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?

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Last Seen Alive is much more than a house swap novel. Actually, I found the house swap the most boring part of the novel. There was so much packed into this novel that it was hard to tell what the focus was on.

The novel alternates between the current day and some events that happened quite a numbers of years ago. I really enjoyed both stories and was totally surprised on what happened in the novel. Again there is so much more than the house swap.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I enjoyed the novel, but found a few boring parts. It was a fun read and there was a lot of things that I didn’t see coming!

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Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Do Not Disturb

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

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I have only previously read Claire Douglas’ Local Girl Missing  and I had really enjoyed it. I liked Do Not Disturb, but I think it may be a novel that I will forget about in the next few weeks.

The book was a bit slow to open. In the first chapter, Kristy’s mom is lending over a body with blood on her hands. The novel then goes back and shows the early days when Kristy and her mother open a bed & breakfast.

My favourite part of the novel was how there was a number of suspects that could of been responsible. Everyone had their secrets and I liked how it was a family, because family secrets are always juicier!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Even though this wasn’t my favourite Claire Douglas novel, I want to go back and read more of her earlier novels!

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Thank you to Penguin Random House and Netgallery for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.