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.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Hush Little Girl 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 #11
Also in this series: Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave, Her Final Confession
Published by Bookouture on 14th April 2014
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
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?
I am a HUGE Josie Quinn fan. I have been following her journey since book one and this latest instalment broke me. Damn you, Lisa! Damn you!
Josie is her usual determined and observant self. Josie always notices the little things that everyone else seems to dismiss or not even entertain. Josie is damn good at her job and if I was missing or in danger she would be top of my list of fictional detectives to save me. I love Josie’s growth over these eleven books. She has gone from a solitary character to one who has so many who love her. She has opened up her heart and let them all in and I couldn’t be prouder of her.
As always Josie’s team are excellent. Gretchen is one of my favourite side characters. She is such a good support to Josie.
This story has SO many twists and turns that you don’t know if you are coming or going. Lisa keeps you guessing from the very first page to the very end. Lisa kept me up late into the night with this one and I cannot wait for the next one!
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