Cover Image: Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Vanishing Girls starts with a bang as a little girl knows she is being stalked in the woods, the thing though is that no one believes her until one day she is taken. The book then jumps to the present and we meet Detective Josie Quinn who is currently on suspension from the force for using excessive force. While at a gas station, she not only learns that Isabelle Coleman is missing but she witnesses a shooting and a car crash. One of the victims is a teacher that Josie recognizes and as he dies in her arms, he says one word "Ramona".  All Josie has ever wanted and knows is being a police officer, for her, it is her whole world and sadly an obsession. Not one to stand back, she finds herself doing her investigations and soon starts to unravel other missing girls and finding herself at other crime scenes. This doesn't look good for Josie especially since she was told to put her head down and so they try and take it one step further suspending her pay. However, the pieces don't add up for Josie and so she continues to investigate but when the ones she loves are getting hurt - is someone trying to silence Josie, and what happens when the supposed "good guys" turn into potential "bad boys"? Is there anyone out there Josie can trust to bring justice or does she have to continue to break the rules to solve what turns out to be a decades / generational crime? Due to the complex case and what seems like a conspiracy, Vanishing Girls does end up becoming quite a busy novel with lots of key players but overall, a good mystery read in my journey to clear my kindle of older reads.
Was this review helpful?
The first book in a new series and I bought it was fantastic,  I was gripped from the start and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to  out what was going on,
Was this review helpful?
This is the start of a DI Josie Quinn series. They seem quite popular at the moment. I’ve read this under my shelf of #bustingmybacklist. 

At this moment in time I rarely am reading police type procedure stories as they’ve been “Samey” and all rolling into one. I thought a break might help.
Alas, this is one I requested ages ago.

This starts off good, bit of a lull now and again but on the whole I enjoyed it.

What put me off was......yet again we have a DI with a drinking problem, an almost Ex husband, she’s troubled and this seems to follow suite with loads of DI books lately. I’m a bit burnt out.

Apart from that, the storyline does suck you in and I was invested in that.

If you love a good DI series, this is the start of this one.

Strong start.
Was this review helpful?
Oh La! The beginning of a detective series!! I love! This book starts off with action and never lets up while giving us twists and turns all throughout! I enjoyed the characters from good to evil and I was entertained and intrigued from cover to cover! It is rare to find a mystery/thriller which maintains the actions throughout and this one does! I really appreciated that!
Was this review helpful?
This is the first book in the Detective Josie Quinn series. This storyline is about girls in the local community that are vanishing and it’s up to Josie to figure out who is taking them and why. In the search for a missing girl, they find a different young woman, one the community didn’t even know had been taken. She won’t say much, except for the name “Ramona.” The name leads her to believe the two missing girls are connected, but she has to come up with evidence to explain her theories and find the missing girl Isabelle. 

This is the first book I have read from Lisa Regan and let me tell you, I am hooked. She has been added to my list of favorite mystery/suspense authors. Her stories are fast paced and very well thought out. I am looking forward to reading all of the other stories in this series. 

          ** I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an unbiased review**
Was this review helpful?
This was a gripping and tense psychological thriller with an emotional plotline. I loved the writing style and was kept on the edge of my seat.  Another brilliant book from the author.
Was this review helpful?
I’ve been putting off reading Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan for a while because it’s another first book of a series and I just wasn’t motivated to start another crime/mystery series.  I’m not sure why I finally decided to pick up this novel but I’m so happy I did because this was AMAZING!  The main female character, Detective Josie Quinn is KICK ASS!  You should know there is one scene that was so dark and disturbing I had to close the book and walk away.  Honestly, I love when books can make me feel that uncomfortable because that goes to show how believable that scene was to me.  I have no doubt I will be continuing this series ASAP!  

Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
This was a really interesting read that i thoroughly enjoyed and I actually really liked the writing style. The story wasn’t predictable or cliché and it was just an overall pleasant reading experience.
Was this review helpful?
Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and sleeping with the lights on once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.
Was this review helpful?
It’s rare for me to give a mystery/thriller novel five stars, but Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan was a true diamond in the rough. Its protagonist, vivid, no-holds-barred Josie walks a dangerous path in search of the answers that no one wants to hear. And, finding myself completely carried along, I spent the entire journey, filled with the same tenancy and necessity to get the bottom of the situation, however grisly and horrific it might be. Suspenseful, punchy and full of action, the book marks the first instalment in what is certain to be a stellar crime series.
Was this review helpful?
I wasn't a fan of this book. I felt like the plot was all over the place and it was very hard to get into. It didn't capture me and I wouldn't recommend.
Was this review helpful?
Vanishing Girls is the first excellent book in the Detective Josie Quinn series written by author Lisa Regan. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the advance copy.
Was this review helpful?
I loved this book Josie Quinn was written perfectly the author showing a strong willed no nonsense character that also had a weak side to her as well, the premise outstanding and  the ending was 100 miles an hour never letting up. Go for it!
Was this review helpful?
Isabelle Coleman is missing and Detective Josie Quinn, who is on suspension, is begging the chief to reinstate her so that she can help find the girl.  Another girl, who no one even knew was missing, turns up in a catatonic state and Josie is convinced that the two cases are connected.  One name connects them...a random name that seemingly has no evidence to back it.  Josie goes out of her way, against the chief's strict orders, to find the link but her colleagues won't cooperate.  Josie stumbles upon a cold case that sounds awfully similar, but it was labeled a hoax by the investigating officers.  Josie is determined to find the answers and save Isabelle before it's too late but both time and her connections on the force are running out.

This was a fantastic book.  It kept me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series.  Highly recommended!!

I received this book through in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to, to Bookouture, and to Lisa Regan for this opportunity.
Was this review helpful?
Vanishing Girls is the first book in the Detective Josie Quinn series and this is in fact the first book that I have read by this author and certainly wont be my last. Vanishing Girls is a brilliant start to a new series which I couldn't put down and devoured it in one day. It reminded me early Karin Slaughter novels. It had characters you feel you know and that sense of staying awake even though you are tired as you really want to find out what happens next. Josie Quinn was a great lead character. Looking forward to the next one.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review. 

Detective Josie Quinn finds a girl who nobody knew was missing, the town’s shining darling girl, Isabelle, has also gone missing. Can josie solve the mystery before someone else has to die? If so who can she trust. 

I really enjoyed Lisa’s other books so this was an absolute pleasure to read. Lisa writes edge of the seat gripping stories that keep you awake hours after your bedtime!
Was this review helpful?
I've been on such a mood for thriller lately! I love reading those when I'm travelling or ill, they keep me focused and interested. 

In Vanishing Girls, Detective Josie Quinn is suspended from the police force for misconduct. Now, with a girl missing and the Chief refusing to let her go back to work, she takes matters into her own hands - but the truth is much more complex and darker than she expected. Will she be able to save Isabelle and other girls who went missing? 
This thriller was so good! I loved how badass and smart Detective Quinn was, and how she didn't give up no matter the hurdle she had to face. It was such an interesting story, and I was glued to the pages until the last one! The mystery was complex and it got me holding my breath. Also, the ending was SO SATISFYING. Very cool book, if you like thrillers, you'll like this one!
Was this review helpful?
Detective Josie Quinn is chomping at the bit to get her teeth into the search for missing teenage girl Isabelle Coleman. But the fact she's on suspension and that she is most certainly persona non grata in her small town rather hinders her ambitions. When a girl is found in a catatonic state but not only is not Isabelle but is a girl no one knew was missing Josie disregards protocol and begins to investigate herself. Soon she uncovers a similar case that was disregarded as a hoax and realises she's uncovered a sinister local secret.....

So what I like about this book. Mainly how the story unveiled, the author doesn't show all her cards at once. Why is Josie suspended? What is it her ex did that makes her want to make him suffer? Everything is revealed but slowly, that's a good thing. Also the ending was beautifully written....had every chapter been like that this would have been a great book.

So what didn't I like? Well sadly I really could not stand Josie which is a problem when she's pretty much on every page. I just couldn't warm to her. It became apparent why she was acting like a brat but because of the unveil and how much her behaviour seemed unreasonable for a professional it was too late for her to be redeemed. Also, and this is difficult to describe for fear of spoilers but I actually raged at the dying words of one character....did they want her to tell their spouse they loved them? No they just offered a majorly convenient plot device for the conclusion. No, just no.

And yet when the book was over I found actually I was very satisfied with the ending. Certain set ups that I expected to make up the bulk of future plots were set neatly aside and other less obvious strands set up nicely. Will I read another Josie Quinn book? Honestly probably not but I can see why people would like her, it's one for fans of American crime fiction which I'm not particularly. If you like Grant County etc you'll probably love this.
Was this review helpful?
This is a 5 star plus book. I couldn't put it down! It's the first in a series about Detective Josie Quinn, set in Dalton an American town. Someone is taking teenage girls. Josie thinks she has found Isabella who went missing recently but it's not her. Who is this girl? Just how many girls have been taken? Who can Josie trust? All these questions are answered in this brilliant story.
Was this review helpful?
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not influence my rating or review in any way.

Detective Josie Quinn has been suspended from the police force. This does not stop her though. Girls are going missing in her town and she is determined to get to the bottom of it, even if it gets her killed. 
As the story unfolds it is obvious that there is more going on than Josie or the reader could have even imagined, it is one of those books that you want to know what happens, but you can’t bear to watch. 

I was hooked from the very beginning, there were twists and turns that shocked me, people involved in crimes that I didn’t expect. Vanishing Girls was a page-turner from the beginning and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!

From a writing point of view, we mainly follow Josie Quinn and the book is written in first person. However, some of the chapters you are reading from the point of view of a girl who is being held captive, which threw me around a bit, but as I got towards the end, it clicked into place and gave the story just even more depth.
I enjoyed the writing style of this book, I did have times that Josie was a little on my nerves, but once I got more into solving the mystery I was on her side, and wanted her to succeed in finding out the truth. 

I loved this book, and will definitely be getting my hands on the next one in the Detective Josie Quinn series.
Was this review helpful?