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  • A great start to a new series

    First Girl Gone , the first book in a new series, is the first I have read from LT Vargus and Tim McBain and what a great introduction it is to their work. This story had me in its clutches right from the get go and I was completely enthralled throughout. The author’s have created a thrilling story that see’s Private Detective Charlotte “Charlie” Winters reluctantly return back to her hometown on Salem Island to look after her uncles PI business when he falls ill. But with her return, comes painful memories of when her sister was abducted from the Island when they were teenagers. Not knowing what became of her sister still haunts as she becomes embroiled in a similar case. I really enjoyed Charlie’s character, she makes for a great lead, who is flawed a loner and who I could actually see some of myself in. You can feel her pain as she is forced to relive the disappearance of her sister when she is called upon to help in the search for her friends missing daughter. She really did pull at my heartstrings and I look forward to getting to know her more in future books. I connected with the author’s writing style and I would be interested to see as to whom wrote what parts. They were really in sync with each other and made it seem like they were one. I liked the sharp dialogue throughout and I thought the inclusion of Allie, (Charlie’s sister) who she has a running commentary with in her head, made the story all the more interesting. All up, First Girl Gone is a great start to a new series. It is a gripping page turner that is fast paced and action packed and perfect for fans of the crime thriller genre. I will most definitely be looking forward to the next instalment. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review First Girl Gone which I recommend. Thank you to LT Vargus, Tim McBain, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of First Girl Gone which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Great start to a new series

    An enjoyable read and a great start to a new series. Charlie returns to her home town to take over her ailing uncle's PI business. When a young girl goes missing Charlie is determined to find her so another family doesn't suffer the same fate as hers did when her twin sister was abducted. The story moved at a decent pace with an ending I didn't see coming, and the characters were interesting. Many of the conversations between Charlie and her dead sister were very witty. I look forward to seeing how these characters develop as the series continues. Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for this ARC.

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  • Great Read My

    Private investigator Charlie never thought she comes back to Salem island a small town where her twin sister Allie was abducted she return because her uncle Frank fallen ill. While there an old friend Misty begs Charlie to find her missing daughter Kara who hasn’t been seen for last two days. While she tries find clues she realize Kara has been keeping secrets and one of them is a matchbook from a nightclub when she goes there she hits a dead end. While she tries to find Kara another mother tells her daughter is missing and when a body of a young girl found at the same place her sister was taken she wonders are they connected and will finally find out what happen to sister. I like dialogue it was well paced the characters were great Allie Misty Kate Zoe Will and others supporting characters. Look forward to next book in this series. The only thing I wish Charlie was gay because one of her friends is and I wanted them get together. I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

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  • WOW. Just WOW!

    Charlie Winters has returned home to Salem Island. She left after losing her twin sister to a murderer and has returned home just in time to find another girl missing, similar to that of her sister Allie. While Charlie renews a few old friendships and acquaintances, she faces losing her uncle to cancer while seeking a murderer, hoping against hope that the girl will be found alive. How far will Charlie go to find the killer, while hoping not to become the next victim. A great start to a new series. It is a true page turner and I was truly blind sided by the reveal of whodunit at the end. Lots of potential and promise in this series as it moves forward.

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  • Taut & Absorbing

    Private Investigator Charlotte (Charlie) Winters never expected to be returning home to Salem Island, Michigan, but she comes back to look after her uncle’s PI business after he falls ill. When an old friend requests her help following the disappearance of her teenage daughter, Kara Dawkins, Charlie feels torn as her own sister, Allie, was abducted from the small town when they were teenagers. Ever since Allie’s funeral Charlie has heard her sister's voice in her head. Never having dealt with a missing persons case before, Charlie is unsure whether she ought to take on the job but seeing the similarities and parallels between Allie and Kara’s cases, she decides she must grab the opportunity to maybe bring a dangerous perpetrator to justice, for Allie and also the other victims. In this first book of an exciting new series, the reader meets Charlie as she has to cope with painful memories from the past. I liked Charlie’s character who was smart, a bit of a loner and she made a great lead. As she was forced to relive the disappearance of her sister, I could definitely feel her anguish. This was my first book by LT Vargus and Tim McBain and together they made a good team. I connected with the writing style and I liked the sharp dialogue throughout. The inclusion of Allie, whose voice Charlie could hear in her head, made the story all the greater. The plot was well thought out and I enjoyed the progression to the surprising reveal. First Girl Gone was entertaining and held my attention throughout, and it will be interesting to see what LT Vargus and Tim McBain have in store for Charlie in the second instalment, Girl Under Water. Overall, a fantastic start to a new series that I have no hesitation in recommending. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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