Detective Josie Quinn #11
Dressed in pajamas covered with stars, the little girl’s body is perfectly still, her arms folded neatly over her chest. The wildflowers decorating her hair scatter across the grass in the sharp breeze. Her lips are parted slightly, as if to whisper goodnight for the very last time…
When twelve-year-old Holly Mitchell’s fragile little body is found on the steps of a mountainside church in the small town of Denton, a doll made from pine cones clasped tightly to her chest, Detective Josie Quinn rushes to attend the scene. She knows this little girl’s angelic face, her mother had offered Josie help when she’d needed it most.
Searching the girl’s house, Josie is devastated to find that Holly’s mother is dead too, and her little sister is missing. But why has this family home been stripped of all sharp objects? Re-tracing her steps, Josie finally finds a secret hiding place with Holly’s sister inside, terrified, but alive. Moments later, another doll made of twigs turns up.
Certain the killer is close by, Josie holds the little girl tight and tries to coax answers from her, but it’s clear the pile of burnt photographs and letters found in the greenhouse is her only lead. No one is safe until Josie can figure out the dangerous secret that has escaped this remote family home.
Just when Josie is finally closing in on the killer, the unthinkable happens, a tragedy that shakes her to her very core. And on the windshield of her car: a third wooden doll. Could stopping this twisted monster from taking more innocent lives come at the ultimate price for Josie?
This is one hell of a gut wrenching book! Be warned when you start reading it, because you will receive one blow after the other. You feelings will be thrown into a blender and mixed to a pulp. Your heart will bleed, tears will fall and gasps will leave your mouth.
There are two different kind of parents. Those who will try to protect their children with every fibre of their being and those who just don’t want to know or leave everything behind when the going gets tough.
But who do you protect when one child’s suffering results in making other suffer too? Who do you protect in that case? After all, they are all your kids and you love them all deeply with their faults and merits.
Again a lot of difficult questions rise for Josie Quinn and her team to find the answers to. I had selected my chief suspect, but was wrong as usual. 😊
Josie and Noah are officers in heart and soul. They always put the victims and finding justice for them before everything else. They are detectives first, ordinary people second. Even the most devastating events can’t keep them from doing their job.
Church bells are chiming more than once. Do they announce happy or sad events though? If you want to find out, there is only one thing you can do: grab a copy of the book and lose yourself in its pages. 5 stars
Thank you, Lisa Regan and Bookouture
About the author
Lisa Regan is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.