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Vanishing Girls Review

Today is the day for the world to meet Josie Quinn! If you've never read a Lisa Regan thriller then this is a great one to start with! If you have read a Lisa Regan thriller than you know exactly what you're up for in this new series. I can say I've read the second in the series, and let me tell you, AMAZEBALLS! If you love a strong female detective who takes no names, you're going to love Josie Quinn! Read on for my review!

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series. 

I had the opportunity to read Vanishing Girls, so of course I took it! I love all of Lisa Regan’s books, as she writes very much like Mary Higgins Clark did in the 1990s, mind bending twists and turns to keep you turning pages late into the night! The Vanishing Girls is unlike anything she’s written before in its complexity and depth of storyline. There was so much going on in this book, but somehow, she wrote it in a way that it all flowed together like the bends, rapids, and soft rippling of a river.

Josie Quinn was a unique character for Ms. Regan in that she was less self-assured than any of her previous female characters. While a seasoned police detective, she was also a damaged woman who struggled with her past, and the things done to her, every day. Those things, and her driving need to protect other women from abuse, are what drives her to figure out what happened to Isabelle Coleman, even though she is suspended from the police department.

The story is so mind bending there is no way to detail the plot of this book without spoilers, and I don’t do spoilers. Lisa’s books are a work of art that should be experienced first hand only. Vanishing Girls is about just that, vanishing girls, and tied up in where these girls were and are is Josie’s past and future. She relies on one person, herself, to figure out the this thriller before anyone else dies.

You don’t want to miss Vanishing Girls, as it’s the first in the Josie Quinn series, and it’s a can’t put it down, up all night long, only break for coffee, kind of book!

Lisa Regan was born in Philadelphia, a product of two large Irish Catholic families whose roots run deep in her neighborhood. From the moment she was able to put words onto the page, she was writing: poems, stories, and even novels. At age eleven, her parents bought her a typewriter, on which she wrote
her first full-length novel. By the time she was eighteen, she had written four terrible young adult novels. Between eighteen and twenty-two, she had a crisis of confidence and although she kept writing, she was unable to finish any novel-length projects. She spent her time working in bookstores while completing college. She spent two years at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Bloomsburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master of education degree. To make ends meet, she worked as both a certified nurse assistant and a karate instructor. In 2002 she finally finished her first adult novel, which remains on a flash drive in her nightstand. In 2006, she finished what would become her first published novel: Finding Claire Fletcher. After being passed over by more than 150 agents and then more than a dozen publishers, her first novel was published in December 2012, followed by her second novel, Aberration, in June 2013. Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner-up for Best Novel in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. It was a finalist for the Kindle Book Review's Best Kindle Book Awards in 2014. In December 2013, the novel reached number one on Amazon’s Bestselling Kidnapping Crime Fiction list; in the same month, her second novel, Aberration reached number one on Amazon’s Serial Killer Crime Fiction Bestseller list. Lisa currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter where she works full time and works on her future novels while waiting in line at the local post office.

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