EXCERPT: As she put Gretchen’s phone into her pocket, she heard a siren in the distance. Her heart leapt at the thought that backup was so close, but then she realized it was just the fire company’s emergency siren. The river was about to ravage the city again, and Josie and Gretchen were in it’s maw, being shot at while trying to keep a wounded woman alive.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Heavy rain pours on the small town of Denton causing the riverbanks to break and the body of a young girl to float quietly to the surface. With no crime scene to examine, the odds are against Detective Josie Quinn and her team. Mercifully, the victim’s body is perfectly preserved, right down to the baseball patch on the jacket she was wearing. Josie can’t hide her devastation—her dead ex-husband, Ray, owned one just like it.
Following the trail back to her high school, Josie identifies the girl as Beverly Urban, a troubled student rumored to have been dating Ray before she left town for good. It looks like a tragic accident until the autopsy reveals a bullet in her head and the heart-breaking secret she was keeping.
Josie visits the salon where Beverly’s mother used to work, believing she was at the heart of a terrible scandal around the time her daughter’s life was taken. With the Denton wives remaining tight-lipped, Josie’s only hope is a secret meet-up with a terrified woman willing to talk. But she is murdered moments before giving Josie crucial information. It’s clear that someone is prepared to keep on killing to stop the truth from getting out.
Digging deep into memories of her own past with Ray is the only advantage Josie has on this twisted killer… but at what cost?
MY THOUGHTS: I have really loved this series, but there are a lot of things I dislike about this particular book.
1. There is zero character development of the main characters.
2. There is zero relationship development between the characters – any of them.
3. There are too many threads to this story, all of them pretty superficial – less is more, and give what is there more depth.
4. There is no way that this could be read as a stand-alone. If I hadn’t read the previous books in the series I would have been totally lost.
5. There was absolutely no benefit to the plot in using flashbacks. It was ‘filler’.
6. There is a lot of shooting. A lot of fighting. Very little subtlety.
7. I felt like Lisa Regan had taken the song ‘Shame and Scandal’ by Madness, and turned it into a book.
7. Another case of really stretching the credibility factor. In the real world eight stitches in Josie’s leg would have seen her off work, or at least confined to desk duties.
It really pains me to say this, but right now, having just closed the cover on Save Her Soul, I don’t know if I will continue with this series. It had all the ingredients for a great read, but missed my mark by miles.
THE AUTHOR: Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers’ Association, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Save Her Soul by Lisa Regan for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinion.
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