The Girl in the River by Rita Herron / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @ritaherron

Detective Ellie Reeves #7

The body lay in the river, arms outstretched. Long brown hair swirled in all directions, flowing with the current of the water. Her eyes were wide open in death, pale pink lips parted in a scream.

Detective Ellie Reeves should be enjoying the wedding of her dear friend Mia Norman. But instead of celebrating, she is frantically searching for the missing bride. Something is terribly wrong—just hours ago, Mia was blissfully happy. Why would she suddenly vanish?

Bursting through the dressing room, Ellie finds it in disarray—chairs overturned, a perfume bottle shattered. Hiding in the bathroom is Mia’s six-year-old daughter Pixie, curled in a ball and sobbing her heart out. The little girl says she was locked inside when she heard a man’s voice, and her mother crying. “I just want my mommy back,” she pleads. Ellie vows to make that happen.

Turning the venue upside down, Ellie’s blood turns to ice when she reaches the riverbank. Someone is dead in the rippling water, floating beside a white veil. Ellie holds her breath as she turns the body over. It belongs to Tori, Mia’s bridesmaid, a gunshot wound in her back. Near the murder scene, Ellie discovers a button from a man’s shirt, and her friend’s engagement ring. The race is on to find Mia—before it’s too late.

When forensics come back, the investigation takes a dark turn. DNA proves that Mia was actually Jesse Habersham, a woman who went missing five years ago. Ellie is certain that Mia was running from someone. Did her past finally catch up with her?

Facing the most complex case of her career, Ellie is in a race against time. Can she uncover the truth before her friend is brutally killed? And when the murderer comes after innocent little Pixie, will Ellie save her from the clutches of death?




One of my favorite series, but they are also always very creepy with rather disturbed killers…

The book starts on a sunny day where Ellie is to attend the wedding of one of her friends. Even before she even leaves her house, she is confronted with her plus one letting her down, but she decides not to let that get to her. Even though she does not like it, she does understand why.

Not very much later, the happy vibes of the day are completely thrown overboard and she turns from party Ellie into detective Ellie in the blink of an eye. 

As per usual in a case, time is of essence and she and her team are doing all they can to solve the mystery.

The trail brings her to Red River Rock and people there are not very forthcoming with information. Do they not want to cooperate or is there more than meets the eye? 

The sheriff should stand by them, but there seems to be something fishy going on as well. Ellie does not know who she can trust. It seems like she has a huge case on her hands.

She is determined to unravel everything and bring justice. It won’t be easy, but she never stops.

In the previous book, we saw Ellie making a choice between two men to start a relationship with. In my opinion she picked the wrong one. Has she already come to her senses? Does she see now what I already saw? I hope, from the bottom of my heart, she does. 

Another great new story to keep the readers entertained. The, often, ultra short chapters make it very fast paced. It feels like you are on a boat on a wild river. 5 stars

Thank you


About the author 

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.

With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.


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