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Title: Hush Little Girl
Series: Detective Josie Quinn #11
Author: Lisa Regan
Publication Day: April 14th 2021
This is another superb crime thriller featuring Detective Josie Quinn, one that I read in a day because I just didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it. It is the eleventh story in the series but I suspect could still be enjoyed as a standalone – though I definitely believe you’ll enjoy it even more if you’re reconnecting with the characters and relationships after reading any of the earlier books.
Josie is all dressed up in her bridal finery when the body of a child is found outside the church where the ceremony is due to take place. Josie discovers that the victim is twelve year old Holly Mitchell, the daughter of someone who came to her rescue a month ago. Josie and Noah go to Holly’s home and discover that her mother has also been murdered – but where is Holly’s eight year old sister? Whilst their friends, family and colleagues all encourage Josie and Noah to go ahead with their wedding, neither of them feel able to do so and embark on another riveting investigation.
What a gripping read this proved to be! It is a superbly paced, intriguing read with some tear-jerking moments, a really emotional roller coaster with plenty to keep you guessing as the story unfolds. It is told from the point of view of Josie, keeping the reader in the heart of the action, which is fraught with mystery, secrets, suspicions, family drama and deadly danger. It is a brilliant read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys crime thrillers and police procedurals.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
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?
An absolutely gripping rollercoaster ride of a crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.
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. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com