Really good plot that had me reading just another chapter. I really liked Gina Harte as the lead detective, she came across as very human and carries a lot of baggage. At times the writing was a bit clunky and hopefully this will improve in the next one of the series. My biggest question is what's with the title "The Next Girl"? - just didn't make any sense.
Debbie goes missing on her way home from work. Husband is devastated but ready to move on after four years. Abandoned baby found & DNA confirms the mother is Debbie. The hunt is on to find her and her kidnapper. Bit of a wimpy husband here and there but otherwise it's a good story.
I loved the characters in this book, in fact, could almost imagine what they looked like. The plot was very strong and kept me interested from start to finish, so much so, that I look forward to the next book.
An abandoned baby is found at the entrance of a local library. Testing confirms the baby shares DNA with Deborah Jenkins; the same Deborah Jenkins who went missing without a trace four years ago. The disappearance of Deborah, a loving wife and mother still haunts Detective Inspector Gina Harte and this time around she is determined to get to the bottom of this case.
Well, how’s that for a twist?! In addition to trying to discover who took Deborah, we also spend a lot of time with the family Deborah left behind. Her heartbroken husband still loves her, her children miss her and her mother still holds out hope she is alive. While we readers always know more about Deborah than those looking for her, we don’t know who took her, so it’s up to DI Harte and her team to uncover the truth.
I liked the varied personalities of DI Harte’s team, with a special mention going out to DC O’Connor’s wife for introducing me to Herman Cake, but I did feel there was a lack of camaraderie at times. Perhaps this is because DI Harte herself is quite closed off? She definitely has some serious personal issues and I assume will be explored in later books, but I felt I did not know her as much as I would have liked in this book.
I also wish we spent a bit more time with the Jenkins family at the end of the book. Their new reality requires significant adjustment and I felt like their story was tied up too quickly at the end.
Overall, the book held my attention and I look forward to future DI Gina Harte books.
Another great female detective series! This is book one of what I hope will be a long series of books featuring Detective Gina Harte and her team.
4 years ago Deborah Jenkins disappeared on her way home from work never to be seen again. When a baby is found abandoned in the doorway of a library and a DNA test confirms that Deborah is the mother the investigation into her disappearance is re opened.
I really enjoyed this book. Gina Harte is a great character, not without her flaws and demons. Her relationship with her daughter is complicated. She has the respect of her team and she cares about what she is doing and nothing will get in her way. I look forward book 2 later this year.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read and enjoy in exchange for my honest opinions