Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review of The Bones She Buried (Detective Josie Quinn #5) by Lisa Regan

The Bones She Buried

Josie works until her arms ache, until the paramedics arrive and pull her gently away from the woman’s cold, fragile body. Noah’s voice cracks beside her as he calls the time of death for his own, beloved mother.

Arriving with her partner Noah for dinner at his family’s immaculate countryside home, Detective Josie Quinn is devastated to find Noah’s mother, Colette, lying lifeless in the back garden, her mouth clogged with soil.

Searching the house for answers, Josie’s team don’t know what to make of the rosary beads buried in the dirt near the body, or the hidden file labelled “Drew Pratt”, the small town of Denton’s most famous missing person.

As she delves deeper into Pratt’s case, Josie quickly discovers he had a brother whose body mysteriously washed up on the banks of a river. There’s also a diary entry suggesting that Colette may have met him on the last day he was seen alive. Can Josie believe the unthinkable, that a kind old soul like Colette might have been involved in their murders? And, will Josie’s new relationship with Noah survive the accusation?

Josie’s only hope lies in tracking down Pratt’s daughter. But when she arrives at her home to find she’s been murdered just minutes before, Josie knows the real killer is one step ahead and won’t stop until Colette’s secret is buried forever. With many more innocent lives on the line, how deep is Josie prepared to dig to reach the truth?

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**My thoughts**
Josie and Noah are going to his mother's house for dinner. When they arrive, they find her murdered in the backyard. Noah is obviously extremely distraught. Josie is torn between her duties as Noah's girlfriend and as a detective. She desperately wants to get to the bottom of this. She wants to help Noah. And of course, Noah's very pregnant sister is making everyone miserable.

The plot twists thicken as Colette's history is revealed, a history that her kids didn't even know. How is she involved with a bunch of unsolved disappearances? And why are more people being executed the deeper they dig into the past? You will likely even be surprised.

This installment of the series has even more twists and turns. And you feel even more emotion out of Josie than we have at all in the past. Having a boyfriend and a family is really loosening her up in the emotions department. I really enjoy seeing this new growth in her.

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