Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones

Missing Clarissa is a fast-paced YA thriller.


For their journalism class, two high school students start a true crime podcast about Clarissa, a popular cheerleader who went missing in 1999. Cameron and Blair, mostly Cameron, believe that they can find the person responsible for Clarissa’s disappearance. The podcast quickly grows a dedicated following, and the situation becomes dicier as the girls get deeper into their investigation.

Review of Missing Clarissa

This YA thriller is a short and easy read. It follows Cameron and Blair’s perspectives. Most of it was well-written, but a few sections were starkly repetitive and juvenile.

Cameron wasn’t the easiest character to like. She’s super impulsive, jumping into things without thinking of the consequences. Blair has low self-esteem and has always been Cameron’s trusty sidekick, but she is becoming tired of that role.

I did like that this book raised the issue of pretty dead/missing white girls receiving the most media attention over people of colour.

But it’s still unrealistic to believe two teenagers could solve this cold case and not the authorities. If I were younger, maybe I’d be able to overlook it.

Overall, this was a fun and adequate thriller, it just won’t stick with me for long.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5

Expected Publication: 07 March 2023

Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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