REVIEW: Vanishing Girls, Lisa Regan

Monday, 18 March 2019

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name... 
Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others… The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

It’s rare for me to give a mystery/thriller novel anything over three stars, but Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan was a true diamond in the rough. Its protagonist, vivid, no-holds-barred Josie walks a dangerous path in search of the answers that no one wants to hear. And, finding myself completely carried along, I spent the entire journey, filled with the same tenancy and necessity to get the bottom of the situation, however grisly and horrific it might be. Suspenseful, punchy and full of action, the book marks the first instalment in what is certain to be a stellar crime series.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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