4.25 gritty stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25
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…
Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.
Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.
Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…
The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?
This is the first book in this new series from Lisa Regan and it was definitely a fabulous start to the series….
Josie is a detective (currently on suspension) in a small rural town in Pennsylvania… Josie is a likable character with some demons of her own…. you can definitely see the potential for some major growth in this character throughout the series, as well as her relationship with Luke…. Luke I don’t really have a handle on quite yet, although he seems quite handy around the house and that is a true bonus in my book!
This is a police procedural with some grit… some of the subject matter was quite dark, but well handled…. there was some violence, but nothing very explicit…. if this were a movie it would probably be rated PG-13….
Girls are vanishing and even though Josie is currently suspended from duty, she cannot stop herself from trying to find these girls….. The more she digs deeper into the girls disappearances, the more secrets get revealed, and the more danger Josie and those around her are in….
The mystery was really good and as more and more twists were revealed it got more and more twisted…. not going to give any of this away, you definitely need to read this for yourself! But I do want to say Go Grandma!!!
Definitely would recommend this to fans of mysteries with a little grit, a little bit of a darker tone, and some wonderful characters!
*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***