Series: Detective Josie Quinn #11
Published by Bookouture on April 14 2021
Source: Net Galley
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Also by this author: Her Mother's Grave, Her Final Confession, The Bones She Buried , Her Silent Cry, Cold Heart Creek, Find Her Alive, Save Her Soul, Breathe Your Last, Her Deadly Touch
Dressed in pajamas covered with stars, the little girl’s body is perfectly still, her arms folded neatly over her chest. The wildflowers decorating her hair scatter across the grass in the sharp breeze. Her lips are parted slightly as if to whisper goodnight for the very last time…
When twelve-year-old Holly Mitchell’s fragile little body is found on the steps of a mountainside church in the small town of Denton, a doll made from pine cones clasped tightly to her chest, Detective Josie Quinn rushes to attend the scene. She knows this little girl’s angelic face, her mother had offered Josie help when she’d needed it most.
Searching the girl’s house, Josie is devastated to find that Holly’s mother is dead too, and her little sister is missing. But why has this family home been stripped of all sharp objects? Re-tracing her steps, Josie finally finds a secret hiding place with Holly’s sister inside, terrified, but alive. Moments later, another doll made of twigs turns up.
Certain the killer is close by, Josie holds the little girl tight and tries to coax answers from her, but it’s clear the pile of burnt photographs and letters found in the greenhouse is her only lead. No one is safe until Josie can figure out the dangerous secret that has escaped this remote family home.
Just when Josie is finally closing in on the killer, the unthinkable happens, a tragedy that shakes her to her very core. And on the windshield of her car: a third wooden doll. Could stopping this twisted monster from taking more innocent lives come at the ultimate price for Josie?
Angel lady – these words broke me in this book! This has been one of the more powerful story’s that Lisa has written.
With an opening leaving you scratching your head to how it would fit and three months later it fits. Just in ways that no one would ever think.
Noah and Josie, are two beacons of light and deserve their happiness, at the beginning of this book, it spluttered. I mean a dead body might do that. I have always been in awe of Josie and it is no different here. She does show her emotions, only when it is appropriate. She isn’t a machine, that Mettner accuses her of being. I have a feeling, as we have seen, when she opens those doors it is hard to keep your emotions in check, especially in Hush Little Girl.
It wasn’t so much a harrowing storyline, more of a hardship and pain that one person had to endure. That for me was the hardest bit. That some things were completely out of control, it, therefore, controlled every aspect of their lives. The mental health and OCD side were tackled with consideration and care, not such an easy subject matter.
More twists and turns than a piece of spaghetti but will leave you with sauce running down your face as your mouth drops with shock! I mean some things we saw and heard were just unreal. I really didn’t expect it and I love the fact that still 11 books in Lisa still keeps me in suspense. I have long given up trying to guess the whom or the why. Instead, I try to find the subtle hints, and I picked up a few along the way. So even though something was so shocking, I was like Aha, I suspected that!!
I can never tire of Lisa’s writing and I really hope there are more books with Josie! I am not ready for this to end. Another winner from me and again on my list at the end of the year! Book 12 anyone?
Until next time xxx
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