Cover Crush: Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones
Everyone loves a dead girl.
Murder mystery and missing persons podcasts have been popular for years now. In some cases, this has resulted in closure for the family and community impacted, which is cool! I’m sure the podcasts have also exposed problems in the investigation and community.
I love that Missing Clarissa explores some of the secrets in the fictitious small town it’s set in. I can’t wait to read it (and listen – it’s read by a full cast so the audio is sure to be amazing!). Check it out on March 7th!
Missing Clarissaby Ripley Jones
Published by: Wednesday Books
on March 7, 2023
In a gripping novel perfect for fans of Sadie and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, two best friends start a true crime podcast—only to realize they may have helped a killer in the process.
In August of 1999, dazzlingly popular cheerleader Clarissa Campbell disappears from a party in the woods outside the rural town of Oreville, Washington and is never seen again. The police question her friends, teachers, and the adults who knew her—who all have something to hide. And thanks to Clarissa’s beauty, the mystery captures the attention of the nation. But with no leads and no body, the case soon grows cold. Despite the efforts of internet sleuths and true-crime aficionados, Clarissa is never found—dead or alive.
Over twenty years later, Oreville high-school juniors and best friends Blair and Cameron start a true crime podcast, determined to unravel the story of what—or who—happened to this rural urban legend. In the process they uncover a nest of dirty small-town secrets, the sordid truth of Clarissa’s relationship with her charismatic boyfriend, and a high school art teacher turned small-town figurehead who had a very good reason for wanting Clarissa dead. Such a good reason, in fact, that they might have to make him the highlight of their next episode…
But does an ugly history with a missing girl make him guilty of murder? Or are two teenage girls about to destroy the life of an innocent man—and help the true killer walk free?