Series: Detective Gina Harte #2
Published by Bookouture on August 23 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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Also by this author: Her Pretty Bones , The Next Girl
Anything can happen behind closed doors…
The gripping new novel from the author of bestseller THE NEXT GIRL. Her Final Hour will have you hooked!
Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.
But looks can be deceiving.
Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.
Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.
Melissa Sanderson is dead.
AN ABSORBING THRILLER WITH AN ENDING YOU WON’T SEE COMING – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love this absolutely heart-stopping thriller from Carla Kovach.
Now, this was my first introduction to DI Gina Harte I have to say and I was not disappointed at all. I did purchase book 1 The Next Girl so I could read it before my stop today but alas time was not on my side……and I over-committed my reading – doh! However, I am happy to say you can get away with not reading the first book, it does allude to things that happened in the first book but it does not deter from this chilling story.
The main woman DI Gina Harte is a woman not to be messed with, I love her character. She puts the job first, she loves it, even to the detriment of her relationship, she also harbours a secret that could destroy her if she let it.
She has such a strong team around her, constantly supporting her especially as she becomes the SIO (Senior Investigating Officer) on this case, a massive recognition that she thoroughly deserves.
A woman is found dead at home, discovered by her husband once he got back from the pub, their child screaming in her bedroom. What this woman endured when she was alive was disgusting. Again, I do wish I could jump into the books and give some characters a good slap in the face and then jump back to safety lol. She was a woman that was being broken, trying to fight for a better life before she died. Something does not sound right with the husband’s story! Does the husband have something to hide? What happened? Is his daughter safe?
Now it does get confusing at times as we jump between characters in each new chapter, so you do have to pay attention as we have a lot of lives to follow. Yet I found it to be like a tv-show as it was not a singular person we follow but many, getting a wider picture of what is going on. I actually enjoy books more like this. It makes for a fulfilling read. Also, the chapters are short and snappy and it makes you fly through the book without realising, this is a definite page-turner.
With the different plot occurring, it brought more heartbreak but also intrigue as you slowly see how all the dots joined and for some shocking shocking (yes I said that twice) discoveries, reminding me of a butterfly effect showing the links. Sometimes, even when you can kind of guess where the story is going to go, with twists thrown in, I fully believe it is the journey you go on which is more important, and this is true of Harte, she has her journey of discovery of herself, not just the case.
#Sorrynotsorry but I know this review is vague, it is the sort of book that if one thing is revealed it can ruin the reading for you. The author’s writing will have you hooked in no time and as I said before it is a page-turner of the fastest kind.
I do have to make one comment before I go, look at the cover. What a beautiful but haunting cover, it fits perfectly with the story.
I cannot wait to head back to the past and read the first book in the series. I am excited about the future too of Gina, and I cannot wait for book 3……there will be one right?!!
*Thank you so much to Noelle at Bookouture and the author Carla Kovach for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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