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Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn, 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 23, 2020
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (June 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 153870191X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538701911
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 1.1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A small town in Pennsylvania is searching for a missing teen and their best detective, Josie, is on suspension for excessive force. She is warned over and over again to stay away from the investigation, but that doesn’t stop her. Meanwhile, her personal life is a mess; a husband who is in love with a stripper but won’t sign the divorce papers. He has done something to her that you will be hard pressed to imagine or guess! Josie’s investigation finds connections to past kidnappings and an evil so massive it will give you chills!
The characters are complicated and emotional; the surprises in the second half of the book are voluminous, and the action almost non-stop. An imaginative, and engrossing read you shouldn’t miss!
There were a lot of "coincidences" in this book that made some things a bit implausible. I became invested enough in this story though that I would definitely like to read more of Josie and see where the author takes this series! Looking forward to book number 2!
Seventeen-year-old Isabelle went missing from Denton Pennsylvania. Although Detective Josie Quinn was currently suspended from her job, she couldn’t stay quiet. The investigation to find Isabelle was taking too long. And although the chief assured Josie that everything was being done to find the girl, Josie was not convinced. So Detective Josie Quinn started to dig, and the deeper she researched, the uglier and more complicated the case became.
Detective Quinn discovered that Isabelle was not the only teenager who had been abducted around Denton in the past few years. The Denton Police were dragging their feet and still considered Isabelle to be just a missing person. Detective Quinn knew better; these girls were not runaways; they were being kidnapped. She just hoped that they were still alive. The closer Detective Quinn came to the perpetrator, the more dangerous life became for her, and everyone, she cared about.
I love Detective Josie Quinn. She’s a no-nonsense kickass female detective. I never warmed up to any of the male characters in the book, except Noah, the loyal but less than macho, police officer. Vanishing Girls is a dark, gritty, and compelling crime thriller. Although some pieces of the book were a bit over-the-top to be believed, the story itself was riveting and memorable. Vanishing Girls stayed with me long after I finished the last page. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
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The book starts off with one chilling prologue that left me wanting more. Set in a small town of Denton Pennsylvania, a young girl Isabelle Coleman goes missing But then Detective Josie Quinn finds an unresponsive damaged girl that they didn't know had gone missing. Fearing that other girls are in danger It is a race against time to catch the killer and find Isabelle alive.
Josie is one hell of a strong feisty character who is stubborn and very independent which I love. There is plenty of character build up and really do get to her. She hasn't had the best of luck with her personal life and her job. Josie is actually suspended from work but that doesn't stop her getting involved in this case. Has the story unfolds we learn that she is a very determined woman and wont give up. I love everything about her
This story will have you on the edge of your seat willing Josie along it is full of twists and turns . Without giving to much away the last 25% really did it for me when it all picked up speed and became very gritty with one hell of an OMG moment.
This is a must read for Karin Slaughter fans and cannot wait to read what is in store next I highly recommend it giving it 4 well deserved stars.
When Josie has a near miss with a bullet-riddled SUV and a another girl is found, extremely traumatised and unresponsive, too many questions are raised for Josie’s liking. The investigation seems to be getting nowhere fast so she begins to make her own enquiries, despite the pressure to stay away from the case. She discovers yet another woman who had been abducted then dumped on the side of road a couple of weeks later. Her story was deemed to be a hoax. But, after speaking to the victim, Josie doesn’t believe it.
Lisa Regan has created a protagonist who, initially, I didn’t warm to even though she’s tough, direct and efficient with a strong moral sense. She’s an interesting and complicated character, very confident in her abilities as a detective while at the same time having quite a mixed up personal life and a traumatic backstory which haunts her.
It’s a complex plot which becomes more involved and pacy as the story progresses and, at the same time revealing more of Josie’s backstory, making her a more sympathetic character. Her grandmother, Lisette, is a favourite, and although she doesn’t feature hugely, her role in the story is significant. The balance between the investigation and the characters’ stories works well. Several short passages are told from the perspective of a captive, or captives, which adds to the tension and horror of the situation. Denton is rife with corruption and as Josie begins to uncover the depth of deception and lies, getting closer and closer to the truth, her life and the lives of those she cares about are put in danger.
All in all I enjoyed reading Vanishing Girls, despite some slight suspension of belief at times. Josie has a lot of mileage in her, and I like the small town setting. It’s a great start to a new series. Hopefully on to book two very soon.
I felt I was reading enriched characters. Josie especially, was a strong and powerful leading lady whose past wasn’t glossed over. I responded to the raw mentions of her past and what had happened to her. I felt very strongly connected to Josie throughout the book and that connection helped me to understand the characters around her and let the story unfold naturally. The nature of this story made me think long and hard about the characters features but also encouraged me to speculate about the lives of people I know and the fact that you never really know what secrets people are hiding.
Lisa Regan gave me enough world building for me to be able to visualise what was happening, where it was happening and what the characters were doing. While reading, I felt that I was accurately picturing what was happening and my imagination filled in any blanks I had. The connection I felt to Josie definitely helped to paint a more vivid picture of what was happening and I got on so well with this book that I’m committed to read the others.
Without giving too much away, I found this book unique in the turn it takes to finding the culprit. I haven’t read any books that takes this same turn – it may just be that I haven’t read too many detective books with this theme – but I felt that what I was reading hadn’t been done before and that I was reading something fresh and exciting. It’s a theme I have seen a lot in television programmes but not in written word and I was excited by how it played on and how the author set up the culprit. I didn’t guess who it was and even as the truth was revealed I was shocked that I hadn’t twigged it.
There is a lot of room for character growth and it’ll be interesting to see how Josie moves forward and how much she lets her past effect her. As an introduction to a series, it did its job of hooking me and keeping me interested enough to read the other books. I hadn’t heard of Lisa Regan before finding this book on Kindle and am pleased that I did discover her and that I enjoyed the book so much.