Review: “Vanishing Girls” by Lisa Regan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dark, twisted, and disturbing, “Vanishing Girls” is the first in the Detective Josie Quinn crime thriller series by Lisa Regan. 

About the Book

“Vanishing Girls” by Lisa Regan

“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?”

My Review

Dark, twisted, and disturbing, “Vanishing Girls” is the first in the Detective Josie Quinn crime thriller series by Lisa Regan. The only problem with this book is that once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. Even as your palms get sweaty. Even as you catch yourself holding your breath during tense scenes. And even as your heart pounds in your chest while you race from one page to the next. Let’s put it this way. Ever covered your eyes during scenes in a movie, only to peek through your fingers because it’s so good you can’t help but look? “Vanishing Girls” is that kind of book.

Author Lisa Regan’s writing style is engaging. The dialogue is relaxed and flowing, making it easy to hear the character’s voices rising off the pages. The book is perfectly paced. It’s not a fast-paced rush from beginning to end, but it’s never slow either. Regan uses chapter lengths to keep it moving. Shorter chapters keep slower parts of the story from weighing down the reader. Longer chapters contain heart-racing action that make you forget you’re reading.

Main character Josie Quinn is a headstrong, determined, kick ass detective. The story starts out as a missing person case. Josie is not supposed to be investigating it, because she’s on suspension from the force. But when she discovers the second missing girl, she begins her investigation anyway. This opens up the story to the horrors she uncovers, including multiple abductions, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. She’s also forced to confront her own past, a failed marriage to her childhood sweetheart, and her new relationship with another man. Regan does an impressive job of balancing the plot with helping readers get to know crime fic’s newest heroine Josie Quinn.

“Vanishing Girls” by Lisa Regan is so action-packed and twisted that it doesn’t seem like it could be real. But if you’re a fan of true crime, you know how real it can actually be. It makes me excited to see what crimes Josie tackles next. I’m not usually a fan of series, but I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this one.

About 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 a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

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