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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan (#1 Josie Quinn)

"You can't always be all roses and sweetness...that don't get shit done."

Detective Josie Quinn of the Denton, Pennsylvania police, has a bit of a temper and is on suspension after using excessive force during a call out for a disturbance of the peace in the rural town of about 30,000 people. So, she can't get involved in the search when teenager Isabelle Coleman is apparently abducted even though the department is stretched thin, especially after a highway shooting leaves 3 apparent gang members dead at the Stop and Go gas station. Of course Josie won't sit this out, especially after she discovers that there may have been other instances of kidnapped girls that might be linked to this case -- a girl that no one even knew was missing is found in a catatonic state. The only real clue is a name -- Ramona. Who is Ramona?

This fast-paced police procedural is full of surprising revelations as the full scope of the "vanishing" girls is discovered. That small town has many secrets. NO SPOILERS.

There is a lot of room for character development in the future episodes in this series, and I hope that Josie becomes her own person rather than a copy of all the other female detectives in books of this genre -- let's "un mess" her up, OK?  Women can be great cops without being so damaged, can't they? Another issue for me was the romance with Luke (and leave out the sex scenes -- a pet peeve of mine) as Josie needs to get her head on better before she's too deep in another relationship.

I enjoyed this debut in this crime thriller series and am eager to see what case comes next as Josie assumes her new role in the department.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to read and review.

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