Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8.21in x 5.49 x 1.02 in | 0.88 lb
Page Count:384 pages
BESTSELLING AUTHOR RETURNS: The Suspect, which we published in 2019, was an instant national bestseller. It spent 8 weeks on the Globe and Mail bestseller list (as high as #3) and we’ve sold over 50K copies.
BESTSELLING BACKLIST: We recently celebrated selling over 100K copies of The Widow, Fiona’s first novel, which shot up to #1 on the Globe and Mail bestseller list and was an instant New York Times bestseller. The Child was also a bestseller, and spent 7 weeks on the Globe and Mail bestseller list (as high as #2).
STRONG INDIGO AND BOOKSELLER SUPPORT: Booksellers have supported all of Fiona’s books in a big way. The Suspect was the April 2019 Walmart Canada Read of the Month and one of Indigo’s Best Books of 2019. The Widow was an Indigo Staff Pick of the Month and The Child was a Shoppers Drug Mart Book Lover’s Pick.
NEW HOOK: This novel is in the popular Broadchurch vein and also comps to other bingeworthy, character-driven, police procedural TV series on Netflix. With a new detective at the helm—Elise King—and the small town setting of Ebbing, we can expect plenty of intrigue, crime, and concerned (or meddling) neighbours.
PRAISE FROM OTHER BESTSELLING THRILLER AUTHORS: Stephen King, Shari Lapena, Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Lisa Gardner, and others have praised Fiona’s novels.
PARTNERS: We have strong partners in Berkley US and Transworld UK.
OTPB: We’re publishing in trade paperback.
INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER
Toronto Star bestseller
“In the community of Ebbing, Fiona Barton has created a town full of suspense and a cast of characters with so many reasons to keep secrets buried deep. A dark and twisty read.”
—Nita Prose, New York Times bestselling author of The Maid
“Fiona Barton is a brilliant storyteller, a master of plot and character. I absolutely loved this smart, twisty novel!”
—Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“Tense and full of reveals and twists. This compulsively dark mystery is a joy to read. Fiona Barton never disappoints!”
—Lesley Kara, international bestselling author of The Rumor
“[F]inds all the right twists and turns…Barton successfully spins and weaves the novel’s various storylines with ease…. As in any good thriller, there’s more to the story than meets the eye….[R]eaders will savor untangling the intricate web Barton weaves.”
“Fiona Barton does it again in her new novel Local Gone Missing….an excellent read for fans of the mystery and suspense genre. Perfect for fans of Kerry Wilkinson, Harlen Coben, and Karin Slaughter.”
—Seattle Book Review
“Barton presents such an embarrassment of riches that the tale has almost run its course before the coppers have a chance to sit down with Stuart Bennett, the just-freed burglar…Layers and layers of unlovely revelations about people who seemed perfectly nice.”
“Barton’s facility at creating plausible characters makes emotional involvement with them easy. Minette Walters fans will be pleased.”
“Barton skillfully pivots here from the globe-trotting reporting that drives her Kate Waters series toward domestic crime awash in village secrets. Readers drawn in by Elise’s hawk-eyed detecting and hard-edged vulnerability won’t see the final twist coming.”
“Fans of Barton’s mysteries will enjoy identifying Ebbing’s bad actors and figuring out how the characters’ backstories weave together to allow Elise and her team to solve the crime.”
“Barton writes with the pacing, plotting and richly drawn characters of the best English dramas on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. Cue this one up.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A cleverly crafted puzzle that has emotional heft and social commentary as well as an intriguing web of mysteries.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[A] compulsive mystery that will have you pushing your bedtime, promising to read just one more chapter.”
“Local Gone Missing follows a variety of residents in the tiny English seaside town, from an inquisitive cleaning lady with a dark past to vacationers with a secret agenda. It all comes to a head during a musical festival that ends with dual overdoses, a possible murder and a host of spilled secrets. New York Times bestselling author Fiona Barton spins a tangled web of dirty money, bloodshed and deceit. Though Local Gone Missing’s plot is wonderfully twisty with a surprising and satisfying conclusion, it’s the characters who stand out. Foremost among them is the compelling and well-drawn Elise, who’s struggling to adjust to life back on the force after returning from medical leave. Thanks to Barton’s airtight plotting and impeccable characterization, a minibreak by the sea will never seem relaxing again.”
“A captivating read. A first-grade suspense novel and highly recommended…. Barton demonstrates, one more time, why she is considered a master of the craft.”
“Sometimes all you need is a smart, swift mystery you can knock out in one too-hot afternoon.”
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