Lost Girls by Angela Marsons
A new-to-me author that I won’t be passing up in the future! Lost Girls is a dark and twisty thriller that will have you utterly gripped from the start. (Keep reading for my full review!)
About Lost Girls:
(From the publisher): The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for Detective Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the deadliest she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
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What a thrilling ride of a read! Angela Marsons was a new author for me but I can completely see why her books have such high reviews on Goodreads. Lost Girls was one of those rare gems where the plot and dialogue felt entirely plausible the entire way through. There was a solid twist at the end that was completely unpredictable and yet, made total sense. And those last chapters… well, let’s just say, I could not put them down!
Lost Girls is book three in the Kim Stone series. Starting a series part way in is never my first preference, but I had no difficulties doing so with this story. The book was easy to follow and written in a way that had me absolutely gripped.
I also really enjoyed the characters of Kim Stone and the rest of her team. For a thriller / police procedural sort of novel, the characters were really well done. The motivations, banter, and relationships all felt very natural.
The only reason this story missed out on five stars was that some scenes were overly graphic for me. I did have to skim some paragraphs. (This is obviously reader’s preference, but just a note of caution for readers who may be looking for clean reads.)
All in all, this was a non-stop suspenseful read. I look forward to continuing on with the series (and apparently I have a lot of catching up to do, as Marsons is now on book 15?!) 4.5 stars!