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.The Girl in the Pink Shoes by Stacy Green
Also by this author: The Girls in the Snow , One Perfect Grave, Lost Angels, The Girl in the Ground
Series: Lucy Kendall #1
Published by Bookouture on 10th September 2014
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
My baby girl. This morning she was so excited for school. I bought her new shoes last night. Pink, sparkly shoes. She loved them so much. She wore them for the first time today. And now she is gone…
It is every mother’s worst nightmare. Eight-year-old Kailey Richardson skips out of the school gates in her brand-new pink shoes and never makes it home. Between the school and the safety of her shiny red front door, someone has taken her.
Private Investigator Lucy Kendall sees the fliers of a smiling gap-toothed Kailey and knows she won’t be able to sleep until the little girl is found. Having lost her own sister to the darkest evil, she is determined to help find Kailey before it is too late.
As Lucy talks to Kailey’s friends, desperate to find out who has taken the happy little girl, she begins to form a worrying picture of the days before Kailey’s disappearance. The blue car idling in the street outside the school. The friendly man across the road. And Kailey’s mother, Jenna, hollow-eyed and jumpy, clutching Kailey’s teddy bear and not telling Lucy everything.
Lucy has promised Jenna she will do everything to find her daughter. But then she discovers Jenna has a connection to the prime suspect in Kailey’s disappearance… and one which brings Lucy’s past rushing back to haunt her. Time is running out to find Kailey, but will Lucy be able to save this innocent little girl before her own demons destroy her?
You won’t want to stop turning the pages of this unputdownable crime thriller. Fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot will be reading The Girl in the Pink Shoes late into the night.
Previously published as All Good Deeds.
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. I have read Stacy’s Nikki Hunt series and absolutely love Stacy’s writing style so when I heard that her Lucy Kendall series was being released I couldn’t wait to jump in.
This book (and I presume series) deals with child abuse and paedophilia. This is a difficult topic for some to read and it must be even harder to write.
Lucy is a private detective with quite a varied background but all centring around children and child abuse. I can see why some might find Lucy a difficult one to warm to. At first, I was a bit unsure but as you progress through the story you really start to understand Lucy, her past and her motivations. I think Lucy is an excellent investigator with true determination.
I liked Lucy’s little ‘team’ from her hacker to her man on the street Kenny G. A varied but extremely skilful group of contacts.
This was a tense and addictive story that I just struggled to put down. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
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