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Local Gone Missing

By Fiona Barton

Hold on TIght for this Satisfying Investigation Thriller



Detective Elise King is currently on medical leave and must sit and watch the tension in the town escalate from her front window. She can’t wait to get back to work in the seaside village of Ebbing.

Tensions come to a head when village newcomers get approval to host a large outdoor music festival. The locals fear the concert will bring drugs and a dangerous element to their quiet village. On the first night of the concert, two teenagers overdose on drugs and are rushed to the local hospital in critical condition. Later that evening, an older local resident also disappears. King is called back to work to take charge of the investigation and determine who is responsible for the drugs and the disappearance, and determine if the events are related.


LOCAL GONE MISSING requires your full attention to keep up with the people and the happenings in Ebbing. This dark story goes back and forth in time and is told from multiple points of view. There are many diverse and interesting characters, several of which become suspects in Detective Elise King’s police investigation of the missing man.

Detective King and her next-door neighbor Ronnie’s characters bring light to the story. You will want to hold on tight while they creatively get the ball rolling on the investigation. King is a strong, smart, and take-charge character who thankfully brings the multi-plot story in for a nice landing.

Author Fiona Barton’s pacing starts frustratingly slow and jerky but picks up at the story's halfway point. The ending was a nice surprise. The story leaves you satisfied and yet wanting more.

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Books for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Berkley Books

Published June 14, 2022

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