The Girl in the Missing Poster: An Absolutely Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Jaw-Dropping Twist Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Missing - Have you seen this girl? Nineteen-year-old Leila Hawkins was last seen on June 24, 1994, when she left her parents’ anniversary party early and ran into the stormy night wearing her twin sister Stella’s long red coat. She was never seen again.
I wrap my arms around the tree trunk, pressing my cheek against it until the bark digs in and the missing poster is finally secured. I try not to look at the photograph on it. At the features so similar to mine. Perhaps this will be the year someone comes forward.
Were crucial mistakes made by detectives from the very beginning?
Could the pressure of living two lives have led my sister to run away - or even end it?
Or did someone in her tight circle of friends and family have reason to want her gone?
Someone out there must know something.
But the last thing I ever expect is a direct response from the person who took Leila. Wracked with guilt and completely alone in the world without the other half of me, I have no choice but to agree to his strange request: private, intimate details of my life in return for answers.
As the final moments of my sister’s life play out before me, I feel closer to her than I ever dreamed I’d be again. So close, it could almost be happening to me. But when I finally realise who is behind this terrifying tragedy, will I make it out alive?
From the best-selling author of The Perfect Friend, this absolutely gripping psychological thriller will keep you up all night and leave you sleeping with the light on. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Wife Between Us, this book is for you!
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 41 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 23, 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #65,017 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#738 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,527 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,480 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
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Leila was 19, when she went missing. She was last seen leaving a party. From the very beginning, the hunt for Leila was complicated by a complete lack of physical evidence. No body, no forensics, no witnesses. The case remains unsolved.
After the documentary airs, Stella receives an email from someone claiming to be responsible for Leila's death. Why would the killer get in touch after all these years of getting away with it? Is the sender of the emails really who he claims to be?
Stella continues to communicate with the mystery emailer in the hopes he'll slip up & tell her something he doesn't mean to. The police don't seem to be able to track down the sender. Stella puts herself in danger by emailing a murderer.
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The storyline was great but the style of writing made it hard work.
For a start the transcript of the documentary was incredibly dull and secondly the characters occasionally slipped into using incomplete sentences. I’m guessing this was an intentional style thing but it just felt like the author was in a rush and couldn’t be bothered to write the sentences out properly.
Then there was the main character who was hard to like and also had an annoying stream of consciousness, littered with over the top adjectives and exclamation marks.
I really wouldn’t recommend this book but that seems at odds with the other reviews on here. If you want get past the annoying writing style and the painful main character then it is a decent storyline.
Stella lost her Twin sister Leila on a stormy, rainy night and as the anniversary of her disappearance comes around she puts posters up around her small town, desperate to know the truth.
On the 25th anniversary a film crew want to make a documentary about their story for Netflix.
This story is told from Stella's point of view, a fiercely independent woman who prefers the company of her dogs. The soul destroying absence of having the other half of you missing is portrayed brilliantly.
It is then told as part 9f the documentary, a clever way of getting across the different stories.
Finally the killer gets in touch and makes Stella reveals more of her secrets hoping to find out the truth, finally.
This is so clever that you literally don't trust anyone, and there were a couple of moments I gasped in shock by revelations I never saw coming.
All along there is a wonderfully relationship with Stella and her dogs, as a dog lover that was really nice to read.
This is an incredible book, loved it ❤
This story is told across two timelines; 1994 and the present day and from Stella's perspective. It's a well crafted plot with authentic characters, I adored Stella and her one woman mission to uncover the truth really got under my skin, enveloping me within her life and making me feel I was living this hell right there with her. The chapters alternate between the present and the past and include transcripts from the documentary too. The author knows how to draw the reader in, throwing in a few twists along the way, but that final one was the best, and even though I guessed who the perpetrator was, it was still a shock when it was revealed, I was so hoping to be wrong!
This story has a great flow to it and the cast of characters are interesting. I felt sorry for Stella. After 25 years, still searching for information about what happened to her twin sister, she agrees to take part in a documentary. Will it give her any answers? Will she be able to start living her own life?
Barbara has done a great job of making you examine the motivations behind each characters actions. This is where those garden paths that I mentioned earlier appear - I had 3 theories as to what had happened, all of them wrong! And that ending. Now that is how to end a book. I got to hate the bad guy even more than I did already, and be pleased with how the book ends overall.
A special mention has to go to Buddy, Scamp, Buster and Fifi. This furry supporting cast added some lighter moments throughout the story and some of their antics put a smile on my face.
Stella lives a fairly stable life in a Lincolnshire seaside town. But she has a sadness in her heart because she’s missing her twin sister, Leila. A film crew wants to make a documentary on the 25th anniversary of Leila’s disappearance. The film stirs up old memories not only for Stella but also for others who knew Leila, including people once considered suspects. Stella starts to rethink events and doesn’t know who to trust. Even members of the film crew appear to have hidden agendas.
Full marks to the author for enabling Stella to use her skills as a dog trainer in the course of the mystery. Her chosen career worked well in the story. The author’s way of presenting the documentary film demonstrated great ‘show not tell’ technique. It covered a lot of backstory succinctly but also gave insights into the personalities of various witnesses and suspects. I’ve read a few novels that feature true crime podcasts that often seem flat. That was not the case here. I did guess what happened but, rather than putting me off, this meant I finished the book with a smug and contended smile on my face.