Everyone who's ever left a small country town with a past doesn't want to go back, but Claire's reason is far darker. Her sister was murdered years ago and when another body terms up with similar MO, she's dragged back to stop it happening to anyone else. Claire's investigation and story were mysterious and soft, right up until the moment she's about to burn to death. The subtlety of this mystery is what made it for me. So many different little pieces, so many suspects, so many red herrings, but each inextricably woven into the plot so that every single one *could* have been the right one. As an Agatha Christie fan, with her unorthodox murderers, I couldn't help feel that the ending held so much mystery and suspense, the killer there all the time, but lost among the throng of suspicion. Poirer paints the picture of a small country town, isolated by the island, as though she'd lived there herself, full of secrets, feuds, and an unmistakable element of things best left forgotten. I felt the story sometimes wandered too closely into Claire's narrative, which was more tell then show, occasionally necessary, but I would have rather seen a short by play. What makes this story is it's complete and whole ending, the ability to blend a love interest into a plot focused on the murder, the characters on the island and the ending, which teased into the next book in the series without leaving you hanging. A very engaging mystery!
This was *very* poorly written. Incidents and events fly past in a kind of rapid blur, with no padding or detail or explanation to either separate them or hold the plot together.
By around the third chapter I was only reading to see how it came together at the end. (Not great) The writing is almost high school standard, and, noting that this title is listed as # 1 in a projected series, I really can't see there being much of a demand for a continuation.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were real and believable with twists and turns throughout the book. The killer was kept under wraps until the end where the clues started to point in their direction. Looking forward to the next book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Next Girl to Die’. The book was totally heart-pounding. This was one of those books that I was so engrossed in, I had to keep the Kindle next to me throughout the day to grab every few minutes I could! I was totally invested in the Claire and the case.
The book follows Detective Claire Calderwood as she returns to her hometown in Maine. Her sister was brutally murdered fifteen years before, and now a similar murder has been committed. There was some lack of details fleshed out about Claire's return home--including whether she had taken a leave of absence from her position in Detroit or had quit--but they did not detract from the overall quality of the book.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way. Packed with a creepy island atmosphere, small town history, a strong but scarred main character, and a romance, this murder mystery kept me guessing every step of the way. Everyone was a suspect. I loved the way the past and the present were weaved together. The prose is simple and the pace is fast. Could not put this down, read it in 24 hours. 5 Stars