The Next Girl
A gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR, MAKE IT THE NEXT GIRL...
You thought he’d come to save you. You were wrong.
‘Absolutely the best thriller I’ve read this year!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I absolutely, totally and utterly LOVED reading The Next Girl… has to be one of my top reads of 2018.' Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘Oh my goodness! This was gripping and fast moving from page one.’ Southern and Sassy Wine Lady, 5 stars
Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her for the short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again…
Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive...
THE GRIPPING THRILLER EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you will absolutely love this. A completely unputdownable page-turner with an ending that will blow your mind.
**Each Gina Harte book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**
‘Boy oh boy… I absolutely blinking well LOVED it.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘Just wow!... FANTASTIC... I just had to keep reading.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars
‘I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow wow! Excellent book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG... gripping... I have goosebumps.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I am in love with this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Brilliant!... Exceptional... Thrilling... superb.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars
‘A fantastic book!!!!! OMG so much suspense.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I found this book unputdownable!!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was hooked from the start right to the last page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book! Chilling, disturbing and gripping!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘DI Gina Harte is my new heroine!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I like to give honest reviews. If I don't like a book I will say I don't like it... So here goes my review of The Next Girl.... without a doubt this is a fantastic book!!!!! OMG... This book literally I was not able to put down it kept me captivated from the first chapter. Who left the baby on the library steps? and why? How is this baby connected to missing person Deborah Jenkins?... YOU will HAVE to read to find out!... There is nothing that I didn't like about this book. SO much suspense that kept you flipping through the pages to the end! Read today you will not be disappointed!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first novel in Carla Kovach's Detective Gina Harte series plays on some of our darkest fears in bizarre and unexpected ways. A newborn baby has been found abandoned. And a DNA test shows the mother is Deborah Jenkins—a woman who went missing four years ago. The pulse-pounding investigation that follows is a life-or-death race against time, as Detective Inspector Harte embarks on a doggedly determined mission to find her. Kovach really knows how to develop the kind of fully realised characters you start to imagine yourself having conversations with—even if they're dangerously unhinged. We loved the way Kovach used this strong ensemble to show us glimpses of the story from different points of view. From Deborah’s unerring resilience to her captor’s twisted rationale, every aspect of this thriller is both deeply compelling and downright unsettling. The white-knuckle intensity of this frantic-paced adventure will have you staying up way past your bedtime.
A page turner for sure!
I really enjoyed the book with one exception, the relationship between DI Harte and her bratty daughter. It made no sense that Gina hadn’t told her the truth about her father. She’s a grown woman with a child, and the nonsense about her insisting her mother come to a memorial service 20 years after his death was hard to fathom. She was only two when he died, so why give her mother so much grief because she didn’t want to come? She deserved to know how badly he’d hurt and abused her mother. It could have spared them both a lot of hurt feelings and guilt. Other than that bit, it was a good book.
It felt unfinished. I wanted to know what happened to Deborah and her family!
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