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.One Girl Missing by Carla Kovach
Also by this author: The Next Girl, Her Final Hour, Her Pretty Bones, The Liar's House
Series: Gina Harte #11
Published by Bookouture on 9th March 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
Five-year-old Cally waits in her pretty pink bedroom for the sound of the front door opening and her mother’s sweet voice in the hall. But when the doorbell finally rings, and Cally creeps out of bed to peer through the banister, a large man in uniform is all she sees. Her mother is missing...
Teacher Annabel Braddock was last seen drinking at the local pub with her best friend, Jennifer. Witnesses saw tears running down her cheeks, and friends say she was having problems with a colleague at work, and that her marriage had broken down.
But as the two women hugged goodbye, neither noticed the car speeding towards them. As the dust settled, Jennifer lay unconscious on the ground and Annabel was nowhere to be seen. She’d never abandon her little girl, so did someone snatch her?
As family crowd around Jennifer’s hospital bed, hoping she’ll wake up, police visit Annabel’s home and her inconsolable daughter, Cally, tells them she had seen a man outside staring into her room as she climbed into bed that evening. Was it her childish imagination, or had someone been watching Annabel’s home?
When Jennifer finally opens her eyes and tells the police what happened that night, it’s clear there are plenty of people with a reason to harm Annabel. With an unpredictable husband, a colleague who denies harassing her and a neighbour who seems to know her every move, could she be in imminent danger? As the hours turn to days, will little Cally ever see her precious mother again? Or will she be next?
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley.This is the eleventh book in the Gina Harte series, which I have loved since day one. I can’t believe we are so many books in. If you haven’t read all the previous books that’s okay as Carla gives you the information you need and like most police procedurals it’s usually more about the case.
Gina and her team are like old friends to me now. O’Connor with his wife treats. Wyre and Kapoor. Even Bernard the CSI. This is a well-oiled team that have worked together for a long time now. But this case really hits home for DS Jacob Driscoll, Jennifer’s boyfriend. Jennifer is also a CSI that works with the team. As you probably know when a case involves one of their own the police do not take it lightly. This case was hard for all of the team.
This case has so many suspects that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. From Annabel’s husband to a creepy teacher there were a lot of threads but Carla expertly weaves the story together.
This story is very intense. It doesn’t really let up and it’s very difficult to put down. Carla had me on the edge of my seat with this story not knowing what was going to happen next.
Another brilliant instalment in the series!
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