Detective Josie Quinn #6 by Lisa Regan
Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…
Everyone knows you have to watch little children like a hawk because they disappear in the blink of an eye. But what if you are? And what if you’re sitting right next to them on a moving carousel? You wouldn’t think a child could disappear from a moving ride while you’re sitting next to them. But that’s exactly what happened to Amy. Her daughter Lucy is nowhere to be found when the ride comes to a stop.
Lisa Regan has Detective Josie Quinn back on a case in this sixth book in the series. Little Lucy Ross disappears from a moving carousel in Denton city park. Josie is right there to start the case, literally. Because seconds before going on the ride she spoke with Lucy’s parents.
After combing through the park it is quiet clear Lucy really is gone. And that’s where the Denton police department steps in. Lucy is at the helm of the team doing everything they can to find her and the person responsible.
The Ross family is jumping right in to help in any way they can. But something seems off, are they telling the truth? Amy, Lucy’s mother, seems to be holding back information and Josie has to dig deep to find out what or why. To make it all even more disturbing, calls from the kidnapper seem to originate from people connected to the Ross family. Like their babysitter, who turns up dead when they get to her house.
Inside The Story
Lisa’s writing style transports me right into the fray of the search. I felt like I was right there alongside Josie trying to find Lucy. The whole story played out in my head like a movie. Which I think is what good books should do. Transport you to the world created and make you believe it’s real.
There was an instant connection with Josie, I love her way of working a case. As a detective, she’s not afraid to do what’s right for the case instead of her career. She’s not even afraid to ask for help from the FBI or stand up to her boss. She’s sassy all around! At the same time I had a lot of sympathy for the Ross family. The friction and agitation between them when Lucy stays missing for days is palpable. It made it all too real.
The plot has some great twists and turns. Meanwhile the story telling alternates between Josie / the case and someone else. For spoiler purposes I won’t say who. At the same time it turns out nothing is what it seems. It goes to show that no matter how well you hide it, your past can come back to haunt you.
The ending, while enjoyable, was a little far-fetched for me. It is not your standard kidnapping and ransom ending which I liked. I’m just not sure if that type of resentment would warrant the kidnapping of a little girl. Then again, luckily I’m not a criminal mind with resentment issues so it might be totally “normal”…
On Its Own
Because I have not read any previous books in the Josie Quinn series I was curious if it was possible to read this as a stand-alone book without having to much ‘interference’ from previous books . And it’s entirely possible to read it on its own! There were –of course– some mentions about past cases as well as pointers to history some characters have together.
As I made a deliberate choice to start this book without having read anything previous, I won’t hold that against it. It is entirely my ‘fault’. Besides, it’s not too prevalent and it doesn’t matter to the whole of this story so it’s not like you can’t read it without reading any other books first. With that said, I would love to read the other books too, because a) the mention of any history made me curious and b) this book is very good and I’d like to read more!
If you like strong female leads, plot twists and unexpected revelations and a good thriller & suspense story, you’ll like Detective Josie Quinn in Her Silent Cry.
Her Silent Cry is available from August 14, 2019
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.