The Girl with No Name follows Vanishing Girls in the Detective Josie Quinn series.
Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.
A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…
Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?
As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way?
The Girl with No Name is nail-biting, twisty and impossible to put down. If you love gripping thrillers from Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked.
The Girl with No Name is a strong second book in this series, like the first, I think the success of this book lies in the mystery Regan has crafted; it’s engaging, layered and has you invested in the outcome. The knock-on effects of the first book are rippling through this instalment so be sure to read book 1 first.
One of the things that surprised me in book 1 was my favourite character in the book being the journalist, Trinity, so I was stoked to see her feature in this book too – she doesn’t feature as much but it’s always nice to see your favourite character return. If you read my review of book 1, Vanishing Girls, you’ll know I struggled with Josie Quinn as a main protagonist, I just couldn’t take to her character. And that was true again in this instalment; I’m not entirely sure why, I just don’t like her, she seems so angry and aggressive all the time! The same applies to this book, that I said about the first, not liking the main character (not in a ‘she’s a great unlikable character’ way but in a ‘I genuinely don’t like her’ way) shows how captivating the plot is, how the mystery that needed solving was so interesting that I could overlook my dislike of Josie.
I did read in the afterword of this book that in book 3, Her Mother’s Grave, readers will find out a bit more about Josie’s past, so hopefully, once I’ve read that one, Josie will win me round. If her vulnerabilities are on display, it may give me the understanding of her character to accept her present day anger and aggression because right now, I can’t deal, she’s so annoying. But, besides Trinity, I did find a new character to love, Noah Farley, Josie’s colleague. He was supportive, level-headed, an all-round likeable guy and I’m hoping he’s a regular feature in this series.
I have absolutely no reservations recommending this book, and series, because I think my dislike of Josie is a personal thing, rather than a flaw in her character, I just don’t like her nature. The mystery/case itself, the police procedural side of things, is very well-done and will make enjoyable reading for fans of modern-day police procedurals. I plan to read book 3, and then make up my mind about whether to continue this series or not, depending on my Josie-tolerance-levels.