Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review of Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn Book 1) by Lisa Regan

Vanishing Girls

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

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 a name – Ramona – 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?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

**My thoughts**
This debut novel in Lisa Regan's Detective Josie Quinn series does not disappoint! Josie had a crappy childhood. Her ex-husband, who had been her rock since childhood, cheated on her with a stripper. And she is currently suspended for assaulting a suspect. Life is not exactly going her way right now, but she is strong and resilient. One shining light is her fiance Luke, who is a Statie. And I love her grandmother, Lisette.

Teenagers have been disappearing and strange happenings are afoot in the small town of Denton. Josie is forbidden from working on the case because of her suspension. But she just can't help herself, especially as she keeps accidentally finding herself in the middle of bizarre occurrences related to all of the disappearances.

In typical Lisa Regan style, the twists and turns and unexpected connections keep you glued to the pages. And you're not going to solve it yourself before the characters do, like in so many other similar books in the genre. Regan again proves herself to be a master within the police procedural genre and I cannot wait to see where this series goes.

4.5 stars from me!

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