Today it’s my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Vanishing Girls, book one in the Detective Josie Quinn series from author Lisa Regan. A big thanks to Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me to join the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts in just a moment as soon as we’ve taken a look at what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
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?
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.
Wow. What a start to a series and what a protagonist we have in Josie Quinn. She is definitely not one for playing fully by the rules and when we meet her she is slap bang in the middle of a suspension and a departmental investigation. Far from keeping her out of trouble it puts her slap bang in the middle of the wrong place at the right time. Witness to a fatal shooting and road traffic accident, Josie’s interests are piqued as one of the passengers in the car whispers a girl’s name to her before passing out. With the entire Police force desperately searching for a missing teenager, and isolated from her job and the resources she would normally rely on, Josie sets off on her own investigation as to what relevance the named girl has to the victims of the accident, little expecting the depth of depravity or the nature of the secrets she is about to uncover.
What Lisa Regan has managed to do in this book is create a highly passionate, if slightly flawed heroine who it is easy to like and root for. Josie Quinn is quite the formidable Detective and seemingly nothing can hold her back – not even a suspension. I really liked her tenacity and her determination, her unwillingness to be swayed or intimidated despite it seeming as though everyone is against her. She has not had an easy ride through life and this is reflected in the story as her past is slowly revealed to the reader, but this just made me like her even more.
The story itself is quite a complex one although the full extent of it is not immediately clear. A young girl is missing but to who has taken her or what the links might be to the mysterious Ramona is something we have to wait to uncover. but boy is it worth it. While it takes time for the full case to build, the tension slowly build with it until, close to the books conclusion, we are treated to scenes which will make you cringe and have your heart thumping in your throat. It’s one of those lean forward into your kindle kind of moments. You know the ones?
Lisa Regan has done a great job of creating setting, the sense of the small town, close knit community closing in is prevalent throughout. It is hard to know who to trust and you can feel Josie’s growing anxiety as those she loves are placed under threat. The book is littered with elements that will shock you, surprise you, maybe even unnerve you a bit but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are some really great characters in the midst who I look forward to hearing from again, Josie’s partner Luke for one and Noah, one of Josie’s fellow officers. Like wise there are characters who will make your skin crawl – just thinking of them makes me shudder.
As a start to a series this one really captured my imagination but I have to say, with how this ended, I’m truly intrigued to see where Lisa Regan takes this all next. Her ability to build the story to an intense conclusion is great and promises much for the series as a whole. She most certainly has a cracking protagonist in Josie Quinn who kicks things off in a very exciting fashion.
My thanks to publisher Bookouture for providing an advance copy of Vanishing Girls for review. It is available now from the following retailers:
About The Author
Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com
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