Hey there, friends! I'm here today hosting the new Josie Quinn book by Lisa Regan! Hush Little Girl, book eleven in the series, releases on April 14th! To celebrate, I decided to make the creepy pinecone doll that the killer leaves on his victims in the book. Below, you'll find all the important links, blurb, and my review of Hush Little Girl AND some fun videos I like to call, "Creepy Crafting with Katie." Let's get started!
Dressed in pajamas covered with stars, the little girl’s body is perfectly still, her arms folded neatly over her chest. The wildflowers decorating her hair scatter across the grass in the sharp breeze. Her lips are parted slightly, as if to whisper goodnight for the very last time…
When twelve-year-old Holly Mitchell’s fragile little body is found on the steps of a mountainside church in the small town of Denton, a doll made from pine cones clasped tightly to her chest, Detective Josie Quinn rushes to attend the scene. She knows this little girl’s angelic face, her mother had offered Josie help when she’d needed it most.
Searching the girl’s house, Josie is devastated to find that Holly’s mother is dead too, and her little sister is missing. But why has this family home been stripped of all sharp objects? Re-tracing her steps, Josie finally finds a secret hiding place with Holly’s sister inside, terrified, but alive. Moments later, another doll made of twigs turns up.
Certain the killer is close by, Josie holds the little girl tight and tries to coax answers from her, but it’s clear the pile of burnt photographs and letters found in the greenhouse is her only lead. No one is safe until Josie can figure out the dangerous secret that has escaped this remote family home.
Just when Josie is finally closing in on the killer, the unthinkable happens, a tragedy that shakes her to her very core. And on the windshield of her car: a third wooden doll. Could stopping this twisted monster from taking more innocent lives come at the ultimate price for Josie?
Creepy Crafting with Katie
I have two words that you'll need to remember about Hush Little Girl. BUCKLE UP. When you crack the spine on this edition of Josie Quinn and Gang, you'll be lulled into a sense of sweet harmony, only to have the veil of love ripped away from you almost instantly to be thrown into a world of deception and neverending twists and turns that only Lisa Regan can accomplish with such aptitude.
Josie and Noah sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-ing. First comes love! Then comes marriage...oh, wait, then comes a dead body. Because, after all, it IS Josie and Noah!
When the body of a young girl is found, Josie has no doubt in her mind she knows who it is and she and Noah are on the same page, they need to find her killer. But, in true Josie Quinn fashion, when they find the girl's identity and home, they discover another grisly murder scene and a young girl hiding from it all. Josie and Noah are determined to solve the crime and get back to their pre-martial bliss at Harper's Peak resort until the very crime scene leads them right back there.
Writing a review for a Lisa Regan novel is treacherous and filled with land mines that you could set off without even realizing it, so you must tread carefully with your words. Oh, the tangled webs she weaves, and I REFUSE to pull any of those threads to give away how brilliant this novel was. Lisa is the kind of writer that lulls you into a false sense of security. You think you KNOW what to expect from her characters and how everything is going to go down and then BAM she hits you with something so out of the blue that you can't help but gasp. Get ready to gasp a lot in Hush Little Girl.
Fair warning: I have never cried while reading a Lisa Regan novel. Her books are dirty, gritty, and about the depravity of the human mind most often, but not this time. I cried. I ached. I felt the pain Josie felt. It was a brilliant ending written by a master wordsmith who plucked your heartstrings while keeping you wrapped up in the final culmination of the case.
Lisa Regan deserves all the accolades for telling a story that is part of many households around the nation but is usually hidden as shameful or something that shouldn't be talked about. Lisa's characters bring it to life in a way that should remind us all about the importance of asking for help before it's too late. Sometimes, bringing the 'bad things' into the light is the only way to defeat them.
I will say this. The depths in which Lisa Regan writes her characters are often overlooked as the drama, mystery, and action unfold. That is not the case in this book. This book is ABOUT the depth of Josie's and Noah's character. This book shows you the gaping wounds this job can leave on the real people who do it every day. The team members aren't the only ones who are affected by the things they see and experience. Everyone they love is too, and Lisa Regan shows us that in exquisite detail in Hush Little Girl. It was painful, honest, and in the end, showed us exactly who Josie is, but also, what she can become.
Katie Mettner writes small-town romantic tales, filled with epic love stories and happily-ever-afters.
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