Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan

Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lisa Regan
Series: Detective Josie Quinn, #1
Published: November 2019, Grand Central Publishing
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

Read the USA Today bestselling thriller that "keeps the dramatic reveals coming" as Detective Josie Quinn desperately chases a killer hidden within her close-knit town before it's too late and they claim another victim (Publishers Weekly).

The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. "Please," she whispered, rocking back and forth. "I want to go home."

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town's darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn't even know was missing. 

Mute and unresponsive, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle's.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

My thoughts: This is the first book in Lisa Regan's Detective Josie Quinn series and boy does it start off strong. It's been out in the UK for some time but is just now being published in the US and I am so all know how I love my crime fiction series and this is definitely one I plan on continuing!

I love a good, strong female detective and Josie Quinn is that and a whole lot more. When we first meet her she is out on suspension but that totally doesn't stop her from getting involved in the case of the missing girl nor does it stop her from snooping around when things go from bad to worse for her. I love her determination and grit to see this case solved no matter what. I also love that as this is the introduction to the series, we get a foundation of who she is, but know that this just scratches the surface of her as a character. I can't wait to learn more about her as the series progresses.

This was such a dark, twisted, gritty mystery with a good dose of a police procedural thrown in. It keeps you flipping the pages all the way until the very end - it really holds your attention. And I loved that every once in a while there were sections told from the missing girls' point of view. We don't know who they are until the very end, but it adds that extra element to the story that keeps you glued to those pages, wondering what's going to happen.

I certainly hope the publisher decides to release the rest of this series in the US as I certainly want to keep reading this series...especially after that ending...I need more Josie Quinn!

Books in this series:
  1. Vanishing Girls - available now in the US
  2. The Girl With No Name
  3. Her Mother's Grave
  4. Her Final Confession
  5. The Bones She Buried
  6. Her Silent Cry
  7. Cold Heart Creek

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