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I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted and I’ve missed you guys! Seriously! I’m going to try bringing this blog out of retirement. To prove that, I’m going to post about the Detective Josie Quinn Series by Lisa Regan. It’s fantastic and I’ve just finished book three so I had to share it with you guys.

Book one: (the book that started it all)

Vanishing Girls

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 labeled 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:

I’m a huge Lisa Regan fan so I couldn’t wait to start this new series. The title alone would have had me purchasing this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Lisa delivered an amazing thriller! The story keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first chapter all the way to the last chapter when you’re not totally sure how it’s going to end.
Josie Quinn is a hard-hitting, take no prisoners, yet relatable lead character. Even when you’re screaming at the pages because she’s totally breaking the rules and doing something she shouldn’t be doing, you’re still able to relate to her. All of the characters are well fleshed out and easy to like, and/or hate, depending. I cannot wait to read the follow-up. I have a feeling that Josie Quinn still has a lot of work to do.

Book Two: (and then there were two)

The Girl with No Name


The high chair lay on its side, a toy elephant and a crumpled green blanket scattered across the floor beside it.
“She had a baby? Is it—?”
“The baby’s gone.”

When Detective Josie Quinn is called to a large house on the outskirts of the small town of Denton, she’s horrified by the viciousness of the attack – smashed glass, splintered furniture and blood spattered across the floor. The owner, a single mother, is fighting for her life, and her newborn baby is missing.

A beautiful young woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she’s so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter found hidden in the house convinces her the attack, the missing child, and the nameless woman are linked to a spate of killings across the county, and Josie is faced with a heart-breaking decision…

Should she risk the life of one child to save many others? Or can she find another way to stop this killer before any more innocent lives are taken?

My Review:

I just finished The Girl with No Name and again, Lisa Regan got me. I loved this book. I think I might have liked it better than the first in the series and that’s no easy task because I loved the first book too.
I admit it. I’m too emotionally attached to Josie Quinn. I feel everything she feels even when she isn’t expressing her feelings. She’s such a strong character and so well fleshed out, I feel like she’s a real person. This book really pulled at my heartstrings. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I’m overwhelmed and ruined after reading this.
Lisa did a wonderful job of weaving the plot in a way that kept me from being able to guess what would happen next. I was on the edge of my seat, flipping pages rapidly to see if my guesses were correct.
As far as happy endings go, this book has one, kind of. I can’t say much without giving something away, but I will point out some of the things I loved about this book.
I love the relationship between Josie and Trinity. What a dynamic pair. Their relationship really bumps this story into overdrive for me. The same is true for their interactions in The Vanishing Girls.
I love the relationship between Josie and Noah. I hope Noah gets a romantic relationship in the next book. That man deserves a great woman. He’s such a great and caring guy. I love how he’s the caretaker in his relationship with Josie.
I also love the setting. I feel like I know Denton. Lisa didn’t over describe the town or the settings, but she gave enough and put the descriptions in enough (or in the right places) to help me understand the town and feel like they know it. This is important for the series since we’re going to be in Denton for every book and we need to have a connection with the town.
I can’t wait for the next installment. What will Josie Quinn do next?

Book Three: (this ones my favorite)

Her Mother’s Grave

SOON TO BE A BEST SELLER! (mark my words)

When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare try to track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

My Review:

I read this is three days. I don’t read anything that fast.

I’ve read this entire series and I’m in awe. Seriously! I was on the verge of tears nearly the entire time I was reading this book. I’m sure a lot of that has to do with being so familiar with Josie at this point and just being totally invested…maybe it hit me on the mom level…I don’t know, but it hit me.

I read this really fast. I was so engrossed in the story and flipping pages like a mad woman. I immediately turned back to page one to read it again when I was finished.
I love this entire series, but hands down, this book is my favorite. Some of the things revealed in this story are heart-wrenching yet so incredibly wonderful at the same time.
The slowly growing relationship between Josie and Noah is perfectly paced. I love his character too. His goodness is such a great contradiction to everything else in her life and she needs that. Readers need that. The loyalty of Josie’s entire staff, her memories of Ray, her memories of her father, it’s all so well done.

I didn’t figure out the end until I was there! I thought a million different things but I didn’t suspect anything like what was the actual truth. Between 72% and 85% I was … jeez … completely thrown.

This book in an emotional powerhouse and that’s saying something considering Josie’s nervous of steel.

Best. Book. Ever. An absolute 5-star read! Don’t start this unless you have time to finish it in one sitting because you won’t be able to put it down.

About Lisa:

Lisa Regan was born in Philadelphia, a product of two large Irish Catholic families whose roots run deep in her neighborhood. From the moment she was able to put words onto the page, she was writing: poems, stories, and even novels. At age eleven, her parents bought her a typewriter, on which she wrote her first full-length novel. By the time she was eighteen, she had written four terrible young adult novels. Between eighteen and twenty-two, she had a crisis of confidence and although she kept writing, she was unable to finish any novel-length projects. She spent her time working in bookstores while completing college. She spent two years at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Bloomsburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master of education degree. To make ends meet, she worked as both a certified nurse assistant and a karate instructor. In 2002 she finally finished her first adult novel, which remains on a flash drive in her nightstand. In 2006, she finished what would become her first published novel: Finding Claire Fletcher. After being passed over by more than 150 agents and then more than a dozen publishers, her first novel was published in December 2012, followed by her second novel, Aberration, in June 2013. Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner-up for Best Novel in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. It was a finalist for the Kindle Book Review’s Best Kindle Book Awards in 2014. In December 2013, the novel reached number one on Amazon’s Bestselling Kidnapping Crime Fiction list; in the same month, her second novel, Aberration reached number one on Amazon’s Serial Killer Crime Fiction Bestseller list. Lisa currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter where she works full time and works on her future novels while waiting in line at the local post office.

Where to find Lisa:
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