Thursday, 25 February 2021


The Girl in the Missing Poster- Barbara Copperthwaite-psychological thriller

One to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Stellas twin sister Leila

went missing twenty five years ago. Stella is now a dog behaviourist and is putting

up posters as it's close to the anniversary as nothing has ever been found about

Leila. On encountering a man badly treating his dog she bumps into a man asking

if she requires help with the abusive owner. Shortly afterwards she gets a phone

call asking if she would like to do a documentary to cover Leilas disappearance

and the man turns out to be the interviewer Euan. The documentary goes ahead

and Stella starts getting emails and mysterious phone calls who know things that

were never revealed. Will she ever find out what really happened that night?

I really enjoyed this- I took to Stella early on. She has a tenacity and a well

rounded character and being a behaviourist gives her insights into such

things as body language etc.  I loved this- a very clever and well thought

out premise and a story well told. I suspected whom the perpetrator might

be around 75% of the way through but then kept getting curveballs-

something I enjoy to keep the grey matter alive. A brilliant read , one to

keep you on your toes- highly recommended. 

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The Girl in the Missing Poster


Author: Barbara Copperthwaite


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24 June, 1994 – Nineteen-year-old Leila Hawkins runs from her father’s birthday party into the stormy night wearing her sister Stella’s long red coat. Some say she was crying, others swear they saw her get into a passing car. Nobody ever saw her again.


Present – This time every year, on the anniversary of that fateful night, Stella decorates the small seaside town she grew up in with pictures of her beautiful missing sister. But after twenty-five years, is it even worth hoping someone will come forward? Perhaps the upcoming documentary will spark people’s memories by reuniting all the guests who were there the night Leila went missing.


As old friends gather and long-buried secrets begin to surface, the last thing Stella ever expects is a direct response from someone claiming they took Leila. They want private details of Stella’s life in return for answers. But as the true events of the night of the party play out once again, who is lying? And who is next?


From the bestselling 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!


Author Bio:

Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET.

More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).

Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime - and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers' eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs. 


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