Published by Bookouture on July 19th 2018
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Past and Present collide in this third installment of the Defective Josie Quinn books! Two boys are playing in the woods near their trailer park home when they find human remains. Josie Quinn joins her team at the scene and is immediately reminded of her past, as a child she played in these same woods and grew up in the trailer park where the boys currently live. To make matters more interesting, the bones are that of a young woman with a rare dental condition which makes identifying the remains easier. Josie is SHOCKED when the identity comes back as Belinda Rose. Wait! What!?! That is her mother’s name! Josie is naturally intrigued and wants to learn more about his case. Her horrible Mother is still alive, although Josie has no contact with her. Her Mother was abusive and cruel. She hung out with dangerous people and was dangerous herself. Did her Mother steal this woman’s identity? Who was the real Belinda Rose? So many questions. What is the connections? Are there any?
Readers of the previous books (Vanishing Girls and The Girls with No Name) know that Josie does not really mention her mother. We know she has a troubled past and cannot tolerate having doors on closets. In this book we learn about her childhood and the horrors she experienced. This book is told in alternating time frames ranging from the present day while the case is being investigated and, in the past, when Josie is a child living in a horrible situation with her abusive Mother.
I enjoyed how some questions are answered about Josie and her issues she has from the previous books i.e. being in dark, confined spaces, closet doors, etc. This book also shows Josie dealing with other issues as well, some of them minor such as a growing attraction to a fellow officer, bonding with her deceased ex-husband’s child, and one which is so HUGE it cannot be mentioned! READ this book. Better yet Binge read all of Regan’s books!
I have been a HUGE fan of Lisa Regan’s books ever since I read my first book by her which was Losing Leah Holloway! From there I went on to binge read several of her books. She has delivered yet again with this book! When I first read Regan, she reminded me of another amazing female Author – Karin Slaughter. Both excel at writing gritty police procedural books with like-able and engaging characters with flaws. As she continues to write, Regan has proven that she can hold her own and deliver book after book after book. Like I said, HUGE fan!
This book has twist, turns and revelations. There is mystery, suspense, romance, sadness and hope all at the same time. Her books are gritty and there will be some scenes which may be difficult for some to read, but life is messy, and crime is never pretty so…you get the picture.
I found this book to be well written and captivating. I can’t wait to read more in this series (as well as her Claire Fletcher series). I read this in one day as I tend to do with her books. I was sucked in from the very beginning and had to keep reading to find out the answers to all the questions I had. Fans of the series should really enjoy this instillation. This book will work as a stand-alone novel but I highly encourage those who have not read the previous two books to go back and start there!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.