One Girl Missing by Carla Kovach / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @CKovachAuthor


Detective Gina Harte #11

Five-year-old Cally waits in her pretty pink bedroom for the sound of the front door opening and her mother’s sweet voice in the hall. But when the doorbell finally rings, and Cally creeps out of bed to peer through the banister, a large man in uniform is all she sees. Her mother is missing…Teacher Annabel Braddock was last seen drinking at the local pub with her best friend, Jennifer. Witnesses saw tears running down her cheeks, and friends say she was having problems with a colleague at work, and that her marriage had broken down.But as the two women hugged goodbye, neither noticed the car speeding towards them. As the dust settled, Jennifer lay unconscious on the ground and Annabel was nowhere to be seen. She’d never abandon her little girl, so did someone snatch her?As family crowd around Jennifer’s hospital bed, hoping she’ll wake up, police visit Annabel’s home and her inconsolable daughter, Cally, tells them she had seen a man outside staring into her room as she climbed into bed that evening. Was it her childish imagination, or had someone been watching Annabel’s home?When Jennifer finally opens her eyes and tells the police what happened that night, it’s clear there are plenty of people with a reason to harm Annabel. With an unpredictable husband, a colleague who denies harassing her and a neighbour who seems to know her every move, could she be in imminent danger? As the hours turn to days, will little Cally ever see her precious mother again? Or will she be next?




Another series I love to read. Each book is a treat and Gina Harte’s personal story is so raw and beautiful.

This time Gina and her team have their work cut out for them. It’s a really delicate, emotional and complicated case.

It feels like the author provides the reader with a catalogue filled with suspects. Each and every one of them could be the one, but somehow things don’t always add up and they have to go back to the drawing board.

Some people tell lies so easily you don’t have a doubt in your mind they actually told you the truth. Others must have a cupboard full of Oscars, because they can act like the best.

People go missing. People are being murdered. Who is behind all this?

Every time I thought, was almost convinced I had figured it all out, I had to take that name off my list and focus on someone else. Did I solve the mystery in the end? No, of course not. 😊

My heart broke for Gina. It brought tears to my eyes. This one person I loved during the previous books for what they did, now made me wonder why. I felt devastated.

A very, very good book. 5 stars

Thank you, Carla Kovach and Bookouture


About the author

Carla started writing more seriously ten years ago after having flirted with musical theatre and occasional writing in her youth.

Since then she has written & produced several stage plays, has four self-published books, has acted in several independent films and is currently in the final stages of production of her feature horror film, Penny for the Guy.

She now writes full time as well as co-owning a film, photography & video production company located in the heart of Redditch town centre.


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