Title: The Next Girl
Author: Carla Kovach
Publication Date: April 2, 2018
Page Count: 300
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
You thought he’d come to save you. You were wrong.
How can someone vanish without a single trace?
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 MOST 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.
The Next Girl by Carla Kovach is the first book in the new Detective Gina Harte police procedural thriller series. The book starts like many others with a prologue in which a man picks up a prostitute and things escalate to the man murdering the woman.
As the story begins though time has jumped four years to when a baby is found abandoned obviously having just been born. The police get a call shortly after the infant was found begging them to do a DNA test on the baby and with no other leads the test is performed linking the baby to a missing woman.
Four years before Deborah Jenkins had been walking home late one night when she vanished without a trace leaving behind a distraught husband and her two small children. This news that the abandoned baby hits the family hard but gives them the first sign of hope in years that Deborah must still be alive.
The book takes turns then following Detective Gina Harte and her colleagues as the begin looking into the case and searching for clues again that might lead them to Deborah. There are also chapters from Deborah’s point of view letting readers know slowly just what has been happening to her for the last four years.
What I absolutely loved the most about this opener for the series was just how thought provoking the case turned out to be. It’s very hard to imagine how the family left behind feels when someone goes missing and I’m sure as time goes on they would begin to lose hope but to have a baby found that proves that loved one is alive?? Oh my. My mind began to race on what reactions I thought the family could/would have and I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what the author did with this story.
As much as this first case intrigued me and I began to like this new detective I was following I did however have a few little details here and there stand out to me keeping me from a perfect rating. Things like the detectives having to beg permission to run a simple DNA test seemed to be a bit constraining and I’d hope unrealistic to real police work. But as I said these were small nit-picky little things and overall I really enjoyed this first book of the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines, and romantic comedy ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screen plays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area.
Her new novel ‘The Next Girl,’ is available for preorder now.