Happy publication day to Lisa Regan and Bookouture, author and publisher of Find Her Alive.
EXCERPT: Arrayed on the grass before her were bones. Human bones. Not left there, or dumped, but arranged.
A ribcage and spine made up the centrepiece of whatever it was that Josie was staring at – some kind of symbol? Remnants of some kind of satanic ritual? Surrounding the ribcage and spine were smaller bones. Some clinical part of her mind recognized those as the tiny bones of the hands, fingers, feet and toes. Intermingled with those were the clavicles. At the bottom of the circle, pointing from the outer edge toward Josie’s feet were longer bones. Arm bones, the cool investigator in the back of her mind whispered, because they were too small to be leg bones. Beneath those bones were the skull and pelvic bone. The empty eye sockets of the skull stared back at Josie, making her chest feel tight. She tore her eyes away from it and looked toward the upper right hand side of the circle, where the leg bones lay, angled away from Josie.
A violent trembling took over her body. Her feet turned and tried to carry her away, but her shins knocked against one of the Adirondack chairs and she went flying over it, tumbling toward the back of the cabin. Her head smacked against the rack of firewood and some of the logs tumbled into her lap. She closed her eyes and tried to slow her breathing. There was a calm, firm voice in the back of her mind – the one that gave her orders when her body shut down from fear or panic. The police officer inside her. ‘Take out your phone,’ it told her. ‘Call for back-up.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Detective Josie Quinn hasn’t heard from her sister since Trinity stormed out of the house in the heat of an argument three weeks ago. So, when human remains are found at the remote hunting cabin where Trinity was last seen, Josie can only assume the worst.
Gathering her team, Josie feels a surge of relief when the dental records match a different body – that of a missing single mother from a neighboring town. But now Josie’s is not the only broken family desperate for answers.
Dusting the crime scene for prints, a name smudged into the side of a nearby car is the first in a trail of clues Trinity left for Josie. In need of a big story to save her journalism career, it seems Josie’s sister was attempting to make contact with a dangerous serial killer known for creating sculptures with his victim’s bones. And Trinity won’t stop until she’s found him, even if it means becoming his next masterpiece…
Josie is certain there’s a critical clue in the ivory hair comb delivered to Trinity just days before she went missing. But as more bones surface, each set more likely to be Trinity’s than the last, time is running out to find her alive. Can Josie’s team trust her instincts in a case that is so deeply personal? Can she find her sister without putting other innocent lives in danger?
MY THOUGHTS: #8 in the Josie Quinn series! How did we get here so quickly? I have read and enjoyed every one, and Find Her Alive is every bit as good as any of the previous books.
This is easily read as a stand-alone, the back story is fully explained. And that, funnily enough, is my one complaint about Find Her Alive, there’s a little too much explanation of the backstory and, for the first time, it doesn’t fit easily into this story.
Lisa Regan continues with her character development, this time introducing a love interest for Josie’s twin, Trinity. Don’t worry…there’s no mushy stuff! Regan concentrates firmly on the main plot line – Trinity’s disappearance. We learn a lot more about Trinity’s background in this book. And believe me, there’s a few surprises in there.
Regan’s books have it all – mystery, crime, suspense, excitement. At one point, I gasped out loud, both shocked and horrified, but unable to stop reading. The chapters are short and tense. An easy and rewarding read.
You can start with Find Her Alive, but really? You’re going to love it. You’re going to want to read all the earlier books in the series. And if you read this first, you’re going to know stuff that you need to not know to get the most from those earlier books. So please, just be good little readers and start this series from the beginning.
THE AUTHOR: Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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