About Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
Frankie and Sophie are best friends growing up. Sophie had been the new girl in town (she arrived in town when she was in elementary school, after her mom left her abusive dad). She was awkward and self-conscious, and Frankie, a beautiful, confident girl, took her under her wing.
Frankie and Sophie were inseparable. While Sophie’s mom had to work a lot to support them, Frankie’s parents were always around. While neither girl particularly cared for Frankie’s indifferent mom, they loved Frankie’s dad, who was always interested in what they were doing. Sophie thought of him as a surrogate dad.
But then, Frankie left for boarding school, and the two didn’t see each other for three years, until the summer Frankie returns to town. Frankie and Sophie quickly resume their friendship, but that summer, everything seems to go wrong, especially when Sophie starts dating Leon, a man who is the cousin of Jason, a teen who most believe committed suicide.
By the end of summer, Sophie is dead. The police never determine if she was murdered or if she just simply fell through the decrepit dock she was on. They never recover her body.
Twenty years later, Frankie receives a call from Daniel, Sophie’s brother. A foot has washed up on shore, and the lab is determining if it is Sophie’s. Daniel asks Frankie to come back to her hometown to be there when the identification is made and to help him try to solve Sophie’s murder.
Frankie goes, and then her life turns upside down. She doesn’t know who to trust, and she thinks she’s seeing Sophie everywhere.
My Thoughts on the Book
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down once I was 1/2 way into the book. When Frankie comes to town, it’s immediately clear that she’s an unreliable narrator. She drinks heavily and keeps imagining she sees her dead friend, Sophie. She’s also jealous and controlling in her memories of the past.
While this book was good, I kept wondering why Frankie didn’t just leave her hometown. She’s clearly uncomfortable and thinks frequently of returning to her own city. However, oddly she doesn’t, even when she worries she’s losing her mind.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.