Book Review: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan (Detective Josie Quinn #1)

Vanishing Girls - Lisa Regan

Happy publication day to Lisa Regan, Vanishing Girls is out today!

Book Description:

The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. “Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

My Thoughts:

If, like me, you’re a lover of police procedural series, seeing the same characters filling your pages again and again, every time a new one appears, you’re probably asking yourself, can I really allow another series into my life? The answer is yes! There’s always room, so make some time to tuck into Vanishing Girls – you won’t be disappointed – the case is gritty and the stakes are high!

One of my main lures into crime series, police procedurals in particular, is my love of the main character – seeing how they handle each case they’re faced with and following the personal life of said character. Interestingly, I didn’t like Josie much, I understand why she is the way she is, but I didn’t fall in love with her character the way I usually do with flawed detectives. And that makes me curious to see what’s to come in Josie’s future, will she win me round or not? But more importantly, it highlighted to me the strength of this plot – how the case itself was so interesting, it was more about it being solved, me knowing the outcome, than who was responsible for solving it.

While I may not have fallen in love with Josie, yet, I do like that suspended or not, she’s going to investigate this case. A surprise to me, was that my favourite character in this novel, was the journalist – Trinity. Usually I love to hate the “annoying journalist” – worried that they’ll mess up the investigation with their snooping, but here, I thought Trinity was fantastic. While this novel follows the format of a police procedural, I love that it went against the familiarity I look for in these novels and I still really enjoyed it; so credit to Regan for taking me out of comfort zone, while still firmly keeping in my comfort zone.

The more I read of this novel, the stronger the plot became, the higher the stakes, the faster the pace, and the higher my level of interest. In the latter part of the novel, I was so gripped, I kept checking [on my Kindle] how much of story I had left to read, and that was because I didn’t want it to end, I was enjoying it so much. But alas, all good things must come to an end, a very good ending may I add, and I’m looking forward to the second book in this series.

I’m a firm believer in reading series in order, so don’t be left behind, playing catch up – get yourself a copy of Vanishing Girls now!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

*My thanks to the publisher (Bookouture) for granting me access to a copy of this title via Netgalley*

15 thoughts on “Book Review: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan (Detective Josie Quinn #1)

    1. It’s very unusual for me not to like the main character in a police procedural, but I liked everyone else, the journalist, her partner, few of her colleagues, etc etc and that made up for it. But I think long term, she needs to win me round 😂 and yes, this one has a strong and gripping plot!

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