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Oh my!! What a book. Author Lisa Regan put me and the main character, Josie Quinn, through a wringer of a story. Not only did murders pepper the book, there was torrential rain and floods along with memories of the past that Josie had to battle through. And boy, was she a survivor. So damn proud of this girl.
In the flooded river, on a rescue, Josie found a house giving way and something floating. A dead body wrapped in tarp and wearing her dead ex-husband’s jacket.
A shock reverberated through her as memories raced in her mind. With the only witness dying in her arms, all she was left with was a scrutiny into her past life.
I started this series late, but no matter. Lisa’s writing was so friendly and comfortable that I could settle right in. This book too could be read as a standalone except for a couple of lines.
The story tore at Josie’s insides, and I was right beside her. I literally just finished the book as I savored every word written by the author. Fast paced, the pages turned quickly; the twists kept me going right until the last page of the book.
Like all police procedural, this too had painstaking work done by the cops. This book had Jose’s friendship with colleague Gretchen highlighted. I loved how the two supported each other. And the number of times they jumped into the water left me wondering if there was any part of the river water they had not swallowed.
This book gave me an insight on the teen Josie in high school and showed me what a tough gal she was. Forged in fire, brave yet oh so vulnerable. A solid police procedural that I had loads of fun reading.
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Josie flinches as she takes in the faded blue sports jacket wrapped around the girl they just pulled from the water. Josie knew someone who’d once owned that jacket. He had died in her arms five years ago.
Heavy rain pours on the small town of Denton causing the riverbanks to break and the body of a young girl to float quietly to the surface. With no crime scene to examine, the odds are against Detective Josie Quinn and her team. Mercifully, the victim’s body is perfectly preserved, right down to the baseball patch on the jacket she was wearing. Josie can’t hide her devastation—her dead ex-husband, Ray, owned one just like it.
Following the trail back to her high school, Josie identifies the girl as Beverly Urban, a troubled student rumored to have been dating Ray before she left town for good. It looks like a tragic accident until the autopsy reveals a bullet in her head and the heart-breaking secret she was keeping.
Josie visits the salon where Beverly’s mother used to work, believing she was at the heart of a terrible scandal around the time her daughter’s life was taken. With the Denton wives remaining tight-lipped, Josie’s only hope is a secret meet-up with a terrified woman willing to talk. But she is murdered moments before giving Josie crucial information. It’s clear that someone is prepared to keep on killing to stop the truth from getting out.
Digging deep into memories of her own past with Ray is the only advantage Josie has on this twisted killer… but at what cost?
Publication Date: August 2020
Sounds like you discovered a good series, Shalini. Wonderful review!
Fab review, Shalini X
This sounds like a tasty series – you are like a bloodhound in sniffing these out!
uh huh, uh huh, great review. and was i right about that ending?
Oh my!! Unexpected. But I hope she now looks forward and not back. I didn’t like Ray as much as Josie keeps thinking. He was so not worth it.
Great review Shalini. I keep saying I am going to start this series. I love that the ending is a twist and probably sets up the next book?