I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Rose Girls by Jennifer Chase
Also by this author: Little Girls Sleeping , Her Last Whisper, Flowers on Her Grave, Last Girls Alive
Series: Detective Katie Scott #9
Also in this series: Little Girls Sleeping , Her Last Whisper, Flowers on Her Grave, Last Girls Alive
Published by Bookouture on 6th February 2023
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Like a precious doll, the girl leans against the towering pine tree with her long bare legs stretched out and her hands folded neatly in her lap. Her head tilts towards the sky, but this innocent child will never feel the warm glow of morning sun again; her fragile little body is cold, her tender heart is still.
When Detective Katie Scott receives a plea from neighboring Coldwater Creek to help with a tragic murder, she doesn’t hesitate. Fifteen-year-old Ivy Miller’s naked body was found tied to a tree, a freshly inked pink rose tattoo on her arm. The word “MORE” carved into her back means sweet Ivy could be the first of many…
Katie’s heart aches for the young girl whose life ended before it had even begun. But she has her work cut out with the inexperienced police department fumbling the case at every turn. There hasn’t been a murder in this small town for as long as anyone can remember, but why will none of the locals cooperate? Katie’s only lead is a blurry photograph of Ivy’s long-missing mother found in Ivy’s bedroom. If she can find out where it was taken, Katie knows she’ll have the first clue in a mystery that has been haunting Coldwater Creek for years.
But Katie’s world crashes down when Ivy’s two best friends are found murdered in the same woods days later. Inked with the same pretty flower, the rose girls were keeping a deadly secret. Katie will never forgive herself for not making the connection in time. As mothers cling to their daughters, terrified to let them out of their sight, Katie’s search leads her to an abandoned building deep in the forest where the last photo of Ivy’s mother was taken. But will she survive long enough to stop more heart-shattering tragedies?
This is the 9th book in the Katie Scott series and every one gets better and better. You don’t need to have read all the previous books as this could be read as a standalone.
In this instalment Katie and her partner McGaven get stuck in Coldwater Creek assisting on the investigation of the murder of a young teen. Coldwater Creek is a very strange town. There are so many things that don’t add up. There’s someone who definitely doesn’t want Katie and McGaven to find out what really happened. Katie and Gav are very likeable and you want them to find the killers and get justice for those young girls.
Katie once again puts herself in danger to uncover the truth. There are some real scary scenes in this book which had me very concerned for Katie and the team.
This was another fast paced and tense thriller. It will have you on the edge of your seat race through page after page. I struggled to put this book down and easily read chapter after chapter.
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour.
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