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Girl Undone

I have a special book spotlight today! The author is a friend of mine from our local author group. I'm always excited when Marla Madison has a new book ready for release because I get a chance to read it before it hits the Amazon airwaves! The same was true of her newest thriller, Girl Undone! Just check out the awesome cover! The book is on sale right now for 0.99 for a limited time, grab it while you can get a great book and a great deal!

Girl Undone on Amazon

A pale figure sat slumped in the tufted, red velvet and carved-gold throne while a handful of gaping shoppers gathered behind the roped off area in front of a work-in-progress Santa’s Village.

On the floor above, private investigator TJ Peacock walked past the Boston Store, her eye on a possible shoplifter. She’d been making rounds in the mall since six in the morning when the doors of the department stores opened. TJ hated mall duty, especially the uniform she had to wear, but she’d contracted with the mall to provide additional holiday season security figuring her employee would be the one handling the job. The security part of her PI business was not the part she enjoyed, but right now, that part paid the bills.

By nine, when the other stores opened, TJ was already experiencing sensory overload. She never had understood women’s shopping mania. There were very few men in sight that morning, and in her opinion, they were the ones who knew how to shop. When men needed something, they went to the nearest store that sold it and they bought it—end of story.

Spending hours in a mall, deciding which was just the right dress or gift to buy, was nothing but a huge time waste—time that could be better spent doing something productive. Unless the bargain-hunter was a shoplifter. That person’s time in the mall could be super productive, provided she either needed the item she lifted or knew how to profit from selling it—like the woman TJ noticed walking out of the Boston Store. She was carrying a shopping bag with the store’s logo, but TJ quickly observed that the bag didn’t have the Christmas design like those carried by the other shoppers exiting the store. Just as TJ moved toward the woman, intending to question her about the bag’s contents, something on the lower floor caught her eye.

The store had already set up an extravagant North Pole Village in order to lure in parents next week for its grand opening. The activity she’d spotted near Santa’s Village—people hurrying toward it—didn’t make sense since the village was still under construction and not many of the stores on that level were open yet. Deciding that the unseen attraction on the lower level might be more threatening to store security than a shoplifter, TJ ignored the woman with the out-of-sync bag and ran for the stairs.

When she approached the shoppers in front of the village, they pointed at Santa’s throne. A mother with two young boys abruptly turned them away from the scene and hurried her sons into the nearest store.

On a large throne in the center of the display sat a dark-haired young woman wearing nothing but a pale-blue hospital gown, its ties loose on her arms. She was slumped to one side, her dark eyes open in a fixed stare.

I had the pleasure of reading Girl Undone as an early eArc and as always, Ms. Madison has created a story of deceit filled with twists and turns that you can't predict. Just when you think you have it all figured out the game changes, and the characters are faced with a new situation to work through. TJ and Lisa work together very smoothly to find out why Kelsey was found drugged and reeling from whatever events had occurred the previous 72 hours.

When the local crime blogger, who already has a distaste for TJ and Lisa, finds himself in a desperate situation, he calls on them to help him find the guy who is forcing him to write blog posts about the people he's murdering.

When the holidays roll around you find the full cast of characters trapped in one house, trying to protect themselves from an unknown assailant. Is the murderer among them? Is one of them a dead man, or woman, walking? The only way to find out is to read Girl Undone because Ms. Madison takes you for a full ride all the way to the very last page!

I give Girl Undone 5 cups of 'put it in a travel mug you're going for a ride' coffee! 

Marla Madison is the author of two suspense series. She's Not There is her debut suspense novel and is the first book of the TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn series.TRESPASS, is the second and Marla's next novel will be the third of that
series. Relative Malice, her second book begins the Detective Kendall Halsrud series. Iced Malice, is the second book of that series.
Marla is a retired Federal Mediator who works as an Arbitrator. She lives on Prairie Lake in Northwestern Wisconsin with her significant other, Terry, a beloved shelter dog, Skygge, and Poncho, an opinionated feline from the same shelter. Also an avid reader of suspense, some of Marla's favorite authors are Tana French, Lisa Gardner, Jeffrey Deaver, Jonathan Kellerman, James Patterson, Tess Gerritson, and Tami Hoag.
When not reading or writing, Marla enjoys hanging out with other area authors, playing duplicate bridge, golfing, and going on long walks with her dog.

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