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?
I’m not one of those people who takes much notice of a book cover, I’m more of a “read the book description” and decide kind of reader, but when I seen the cover for the Vanishing Girls I loved it, and the cover just shouted at me “read me now”. So that’s the reason I choose to read this book and I’m so glad I did. I always get excited when I find a new crime series to read, despite being a huge fan of this genre I’m always looking for a series that’s different from the norm, but at the same time highly entertaining . I’m thrilled to write that Vanishing Girls is one of the best debut books in a crime series I have read in a long time.
Vanishing Girls opens with a chilling prologue and from then on in Lisa Regan doesn’t let up on the pace or the drama. Josie Quinn is a detective with the Denton, police department, currently on suspension. Josie like any good fictional Detective is not the kind of person to sit around waiting for her suspension to end, and when a local girl goes missing she can’t help but become involved in the investigation. Josie Quinn is a no-nonsense cop with a strong sense of justice, she’s capable and fearless, although there is a hint of vulnerability about her, as the author reveals snippets of a troubled childhood.
There is plenty of drama and enough twists to keep the most hardened crime thriller reader engrossed. At times the plot felt very intense due to the dark and emotive subject covered, but on that note the plot never felt too grim and the author concentrates on the investigation rather than going into great detail about what the Vanishing Girls had to endure. Full of suspense with a gritty plot and a strong female lead whom you can’t help but warm to, I think the author has created a crime series that has all the hallmarks of a long running series. Would I recommend this book? It’s a most “definitely” from me.
Print Length: 345 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (17 Jan. 2018)