‘Good. Breakfast will be served in a minute.’ He pulled the door closed as he continued to whistle. She listened as he took the plates from the cupboard and slammed them onto the countertop. He then turned the portable television on and she heard the sound of a morning news show. As he turned up the volume, the cries she’d suppressed burst out. Sobbing, she clenched the blanket and silently screamed into it. As she drew her legs towards her chest, her body leaked more liquid. She lifted one leg off the other and yelped as pain seared through her body. The ankle chain cluttered as she moved her other leg.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.
Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …
Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.
MY THOUGHTS: The Next Girl is an encouraging start to a new series featuring DI Gina Harte. I wouldn’t go quite so far as to classify it as a police procedural, I thought that some of the investigative techniques left something to be desired, but it does develop into a good crime thriller.
Even after learning Gina’s background, I didn’t at first like her. She seemed to be a caricature of most major female detectives currently being written – heavy drinking, hard-nosed, has been in an abusive relationship, estranged from family. However as the book progressed her character seemed to soften and mature and my feelings towards her mellowed accordingly.
There are a few interesting personalities amongst the cast of supporting characters and I look forward to seeing how they develop and grow.
This is a good solid 3.5 star read and I look forward to more from this author.
Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Next Girl for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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