I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cold Heart Creek by Lisa Regan
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave, Her Final Confession
Series: Detective Josie Quinn #7
Also in this series: Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave, Her Final Confession
Published by Bookouture on 2nd December 2019
Genres: Crime, Suspense
Source: from Netgalley
As the sun rises, the last glow of the campfire is just visible through the mist and the trees. The young couple are laid out on their backs beside the small blue tent, their hands clasped between them, their eyes open, their hearts cold…
When a park ranger stumbles across the bodies of newlyweds Valerie and Tyler Yates by a creek in the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. Still reeling from the news that her abusive mother is dying, Josie suspects this is more than just accidental poisoning, and she’s right: someone jammed a crudely carved pendant necklace down Valerie’s throat before she died.
Combing the area, Josie’s team discover a third sleeping bag indicating there could have been an extra guest around the fire that night. A lucky escape? A missing victim? Or a suspect on the run? Finding this person is the key to the entire investigation…
The trail leads Josie to the gates of a farmhouse hidden deep within the forest – a special place where people go to escape, and to hide. There is a young girl there with frightened eyes and bandaged wrists who knows more than she is saying, but the next day she’s found dead, choked with a matching necklace…
With her mother’s life hanging by a thread, Josie has an impossible decision to make as she races to find the meaning of the pendant and catch this twisted killer before another innocent life is taken – but is she already too late?
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. I am a HUGE Josie fan and have been following her since her first book, seven books in and I still can’t get enough. You could read this as a standalone but you would get more enjoyment if you read the whole series. Josie has a lot of character development across the seven books and you would miss out on finding out whos she is and where she came from. Seven books might seem like a commitment but trust me once you start you will race through them.
Josie Quinn is someone that is easy to root for. She has been to hell and back more than once and she is trying her damndest to not let her past ruin her future. As usual, though Josie has built up her walls and is trying to handle it all by herself. Sometimes she needs to learn that it’s okay to let people in.
Lisa did not disappoint with another gripping crime and an investigation that was full of twists and turns. It always felt like the answer was just that tiny bit out of reach for both the reader and the team. This was both frustrating and addictive. I just had to keep turning the pages I had hope that at some point it would all become within my grasp and I would work it all out. Lisa kept me hanging on until the very end. Keeping somethings up her sleeve for a final reveal.
I will miss being back in the world of Josie and I hope that it will be time to return again soon.
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