Losing Leah Holloway

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This is second novel in the series. I will for sure make sure to start with the first one. Although, I was a little lost in the beginning because I read it out of order everything really came around for me towards the end. The writing is great and I really enjoyed the twist and turn of the story.
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A fantastic book with an even more fantastic ending!  I really enjoyed every page and it kept me guessing until the end.  Highly recommended!
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I didn't realize this was a second book but it didn't end up making a difference. While out with her sister, Claire and Brianna witness a car crashing into the water. Claire doesn't miss a beat and ends up rescuing the children from the car but the woman, Leah, ends up drowning. This follows the question of why Leah was intent on killing herself and the children. From there we get flashbacks of Leah and the events that led up to that fateful day. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me riveted to the pages. Highly enjoyable!!

*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Can I give this one 10 stars? No, make that 100! 

I'm easily Lisa Regan's biggest fan. I read her debut, Finding Claire Fletcher, the moment it came out and it instantly became my favorite book of all time. And as a diehard fan of Greg Iles, that's saying something! Then Losing Leah Holloway came along, and I think it might've surpassed FCF. 

I love the characters, the plot, and especially Regan's writing. Put them all together and you have a breakout on your hands! I couldn't even guess whodunnit and was very surprised to learn who it was. I'm not gonna rehash all the plot points and spoil it for anyone. Just know that, if you enjoy complex mysteries and suspense with equally complicated characters with rich histories and dark flaws in a gritty setting, you'll absolutely LOVE Losing Leah Holloway! READ. THIS. NOW!!!
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I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Losing Leah Holloway was fast-paced, intriguing, and a very well-written mystery. This is the second book in a series. I didn’t realize that until after I had previously started. It’s definitely not necessary to read the first one (I haven’t), but the background pieces for Claire and Connor may be a bit more clear after having read it.
The book follows the investigation into why Leah Holloway, a seeming well-mannered, picture perfect mother with a decently okay life, decided to drive so recklessly, killing four people in the process, and then drive an SUV with herself and children into the river below. While investigating this accident, the police department in Sacramento is dealing with a serial killer who targets soccer moms. As the story continues, you slowly begin to piece together the story not only of Claire and Connor’s relationship but also you find out why Leah drove off the overpass.
One thing I liked about this book was how the chapters were spaced. The viewpoints go between Connor as he’s investigating, Claire as she’s dealing triggers in the case that bring up bad memories of her years in captivity, and also Leah as she finds herself doing things out-of-the-ordinary that bring her to the point of suicide. 
While reading, I was pretty neutral about this book, which is why I gave it a 3. It was well-written, fast-paced, and it was a good story. If you’re into books with mystery, romance, and like stories with well-written detail, this one is for you!
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A wonderful read and a shocking ending.  Don't miss!
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4.5 Stars

Five years after FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER, Claire and her sister are having a great day ... until a van with a woman driver and carrying 5 young children drive into 4 other cars and then careens over and into a river.  Claire is quick to the rescue, but the driver refuses to unlock the doors.  Claire eventually breaks through the sunroof and saves all the children from drowning.  The driver does not survive.

Claire is horrified that the driver not only wanted to kill herself, but her 3 children, as well as her neighbor's two children. What would motivate a woman with a beautiful family and a successful career to resort to such unspeakable extremes? 

What is behind this woman's actions?   And what is the connection to a serial strangler who targets soccer moms?

This is an excellent follow-up in this 2-book series.  It is well-written and fast paced.  Lots of twists and turns keep the reader turning the pages to see what happens next.  I really enjoy the characters of Claire and Connor, how they relate to each other says it all.  The secondary characters lend an air of credibility to the story-telling.

I would most definitely recommend that these two books be read in order, although this one could be read as a stand alone.  

Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the digital copy.  Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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I  thoroughly enjoy all of this author’s books and find the second installment in this character’s tale possibly even better than the first?  It was full of twists and turns and kept my pages flying. A definite win and y’all need to check it out! I would like to thank netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity with this ARC!
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Claire Fletcher is finally recovering from being held in captivity 5 years ago. While out with her sister one morning, she witnesses a car drive off a bridge - and jumps into action to save the children inside. Claire, however, is unable to save the driver, who chooses instead to drown.

Claire's involvement brings Connor, a local police detective, back into her life, as they work together to solve the mystery of why Leah, the driver, drove off the bridge and chose to die.  It isn't long before they start to uncover deep, dark secrets behind the perfect suburban life that Leah was living.

This was an incredibly intriguing book, that had me from the very start.  I love a book with flawed characters, and this book delivered for me.  While I haven't read the first book in this series (this can be read as a standalone) it has certainly piqued my interest to jump into the first one, for more back story!

I loved the twists and turns in this story, and would absolutely recommend it for thriller lovers out there!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Dark and twisty! Great book, hooked me in right away.
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This novels is the second in a series, but can work as a stand-alone. I hadn’t read the previous title.
I chose this book on Net Galley as it looked intriguing and suspenseful. It was, but it was also rather sad and depressing. The novel starts with a carfull of passengers plunging off a bridge. The driver, a young mother, refuses to be saved and drowns. The story then goes from the present unraveling of the mystery to the past to uncover the chain of events that put the tragedy in motion. While at some points you know the characters’ motivations, there are some twists and surprises as well.
While this was a solid read, it felt different from a typical mystery to me. I generally don’t relate to the murder victim (especially when they die at the beginning of the novel). This story was different in that you could see why and how things came to be.  I found the final ending to be so sad for the children involved, too. Definitely not your typical mystery. Well-paced and plotted, I’d recommend it to those who want a mystery that goes beyond the action.
Thank you for my review e-copy.
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I found the characters detailed and interesting. Thwy evolved throughout the story, instead of stagnating.  The development of the entire book was very well done.
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Excellent book!! But then again, everything Lisa writes is excellent! I love the fact that it's a sequel that can be read as a stand-alone without the reader wondering what's going on.
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I was a little angry when I finished this book. It had an interesting plot that really captivated me but the author had so much unnecessary sex in it that it interfered with my enjoyment. Yes, I know that some of it was necessary to the story but it seemed like the author went overboard. It was just too much.

  Claire Fletcher had been a victim, kidnapped as a teenager and held in captivity and abused for years. This was apparently in the first book, I acknowledge I have not read. She is rebuilding her life with a police officer she has known for years and was involved in her rescue. She tries to rebuild her life and discover the joy of sex again. We read a great deal about this process.

 On an fishing outing with her sister, she sees a car fly off the road and into the water. There are young children in the car and Clair swims out and rescues them. The driver, Leah Holloway, does not make it. When the press come, her sister takes the credit for the rescue. Although the reason is explained, it doesn't ring true.

  Claire's boyfriend is involved in discovering the Soccer Mom Killer and now investigates the accident. How are the two related? It really is an interesting story and concept but again too much sex. There is an affair and is told in graphic detail.  I wish the author had eased off a bit and let the story unfold. I know some sex was necessary to the story but the author just didn't seem to know where to draw the line.

  The other little quibble I had is the setting. It's in Sacramento where I lived 35 years. It's technically correct so you know the author did a lot of research but the nuances were off. There are references that no Sacramento resident would make. The author lives in Philadelphia so I am not sure why she set the novel in Sacramento. Still it's not off putting and you wouldn't notice unless you lived there.

  I'd like to read more by this author as I found her creative. Just a lot less sex, please. 

  Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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This book picks up five years later after the first book, Finding Claire Fletcher. Claire is recovering from her years in captivity. Claire and her sister are enjoying themselves, spending time together fishing. They both end up end up witnessing a car crashing off the bridge into the river. In the car is a woman with her five children. The lady is Leah Holliway. Claire tries to save them and saves the lives of the children. She tries to save the mother, but she does not want to live and she ends up drowning. 

This then turns into a murder investigation since there is an investigation going on with a serial killer that is going around killing Soccer Mom's. Connor Parks is on the case. What Connor finds out confirms Claire's suspicions of something dreadful between the terrified mother and the Soccer Mom Strangler targeting Soccer Mom's. What they find could be the only way to stop a killer from striking again. They also find out what Holloway was hiding.

I loved this book as much as I loved the first book in the series. I was hooked from the very beginning and till the very end. It was a very gripping thriller. It is a page turner that is fast paced and full of suspense. I loved the twists and turns. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. I liked this one just as much as I liked the first one. I love the characters especially Connor and Claire. You will want to read the first book before reading this one. I am so looking forward to reading book 3. I highly recommend this series to those that love a great thriller series. I cannot wait for book 3 to come out next year.
I want to thank Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Let me begin by saying that I did not read the first book in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher, and still enjoyed this book immensely. 

While Claire is out fishing with her sister, Brianna, they become witness to a car crashing through a bridge and falling into the river. Claire immediately jumps into action especially seeing that there are 5 children in the car. When she tries to get the driver to unlock the doors it becomes apparent that this wasn't an accident and that this woman has every intention in dying.  Thankfully, Claire is able to rescue all the children but the question remains, why did Leah Holloway purposely crash into the river with the children? 

We get flashbacks of Leah and the events that led up to that fateful day. In the beginning I didn't really like Leah at all. I really dislike goody-two-shoe's that think they are better than every one else but over the course of this story I did find myself sympathizing with her. To a point, of course. I certainly don't condone what she did but I can understand her motive's a little better. 

I really, really liked Det. Connor Parks. I may even have a little book crush on him. 

There are a bunch of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. All in all, a very entertaining read! 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I started this book and was really enjoying but wanted to read the 1st book so I bought it and I completely enjoyed both books.
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"Losing Leah Holloway" picks up five years after "Finding Claire Fletcher"  and this book is fabulous.

Tense, fast-paced and has incredibly twisty we return with Claire when she rescues 5 children from a car that has been driven off a bridge. 

The children's mother Leah is determined to kill herself and her children to hide a terrible secret

This book has it all. a serial killer, drama and I loved getting to know Leah and her thoughts. 

The author is fabulous at building up the tensity and I loved every page and every word.  It is well plotted and and I honestly didn't want it to end.
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Well written suspense filled mystery. While I guessed who the actual villian was, I had no idea of the nasty intervention of the other seemingly sympathetic character. Enjoyed The evolution of Claire and Connor's relationship. This was thrilling from start to finish.
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