Vanishing Girls – Lisa Regan Review

Vanishing GirlsThank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

This was a great first book in the Detective Josie Quinn Novels and I absolutely loved it. A girl has gone missing and this follows suspended officer Josie Quinn as she unravels just what’s happened to this girl.

One of the things I loved about this was that we found out pretty quickly exactly why Josie had been suspended and I’ve found before in crime/mystery novels, suspensions or previous issues with main characters are normally mentioned as a back story for the main character but the reasoning and stories behind these suspensions are never mentioned. This usually leaves me hanging as to why they were suspended and why it’s constantly brought when you have no bloody idea why they’ve been suspended or what happened in their past. You get told about why Josie was suspended and there was also a great explanation as to Josie dislike confined, dark spaces which was a massive win in my book and didn’t leave any loose ends regarding Josie’s characters past.

Lisa Regan’s writing in this book was brilliant; I was hooked throughout the book and the pacing was spot-on. I didn’t find myself struggling through any part of the book and the action kept coming. I really enjoyed the way that Regan also managed to weave Josie’s relationship into the story; she’s currently in the middle of divorcing her ex-husband and childhood sweetheart Ray whilst being engaged to her current partner, Luke and I really enjoyed the dynamic between these relationships. Again, we know something has happened between Ray and Josie for them to not be together however again we find out exactly why this is which I loved.

I really enjoyed Josie as a character to an extent. She was a strong female lead which is always nice to see, and she was written like a human. Now I know that sounds really stupid but sometimes, characters are written like they have no problems and are just perfect and can take everything in their stride. Josie struggles with her feelings for Ray and coping with Luke and I really enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother. However, there were sometimes where she just grated on my nerves in terms of the investigation – she acted like she was the only who could solve it and was very big headed. I mean, I can understand with the plot of the book why this may have been true, but it was very annoying and off putting and made her seem really arrogant.

Overall this was a great read and I’m already looking forward to the second book in the series to see where it takes Josie! You can pre-order this from Amazon UK for its release on 17th January 2018.

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