Thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour, alongside the fantastic Amy @ novelgossip, for The Girls in the Water today! Many thanks to Kim at Bookouture for the opportunity to join in and for my advanced copy!
Author : Victoria Jenkins
Title : The Girls in the Water
Series : Detectives King & Lane
Pages : 328
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : August 3, 2017
‘The first one had been an accident. He had never intended to kill her. But as he looked down at her body, he knew there would be a next one…’
When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls?
As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. Alex and Chloe are determined to find the killer before more lives are lost.
Woo! What a fantastic way to kick off a new series!
The prologue alone already made me move to the edge of my seat and after finishing those two pages, I was hooked and utterly convinced this would be one tense ride. My expectations skyrocketed at that point and I was not left disappointed as the promise of something dark and twisted was completely fulfilled.
When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DI Alex King and DC Chloe Lane are put on the case. But Chloe quickly becomes distracted and obsessed as someone is taunting her about the death of her brother, Luke. Did he commit suicide or was he murdered?
Joys of joys, what a wonderful team of women we have here. Girl power and all that! Both are flawed and have baggage which makes them all the more realistic and believable. Chloe struggles with her past in more ways than one and Alex, while divorced from her husband, is still sleeping with him. As you do.
The Girls in the Water is an incredibly compelling and gripping read. There are characters I loved and characters I’d happily strangle myself. The book had me glued to the pages as the investigation into the murder victim unfolded and various layers of the skilfully crafted plot came together. I stayed up way too late in a desperate attempt to finish as the team races against the clock to save another potential victim.
This is an incredible debut by Victoria Jenkins and a thrilling and exciting start to a new series. It has so much to offer, from a chilling killer to a haunting backstory and with an intelligent plot and interesting characters. I can’t wait to see more of Alex and Chloe!
Many thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy and the opportunity to join the tour!
The Girls in the Water is available now!