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    Fictional peek into crime in Mormon community

    Detective Clara Jefferies has a reputation for closing murder cases in Dallas. Her existence is solitary, as she is the job. As she is leaving her office on a Saturday evening, her phone rings. It is a voice from her past, asking her to return to the town she escaped because her sister, Delilah, is missing. Clara jumps on a plane, but knows that it will not be easy to get information. Clara is an apostate, having left behind her Mormon community ten years earlier. Outsiders and apostates are not trusted. Clara learns that more girls are missing, but the families are closing ranks, saying the girls ran away. When a body is found, the community can no longer believe the girls ran away. Will Clara and the local sheriff’s department find Delilah before it is too late? I enjoyed The Fallen Girls. I will be looking for book 2 as soon as it is available. I liked the different perspectives of Clara, Delilah, and Max. The author developed Detective Clara Jefferies well. However,I would like more insight into her past and how she came to become a cop. Also, I would like to know more about Max.
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    Very good

    A closed-off town, a disappearance, and roadblocks left and right. These types of obstacles make for a good mystery in The Fallen Girls. Clara, a Dallas detective, is called back to her family home by a long-time friend who is also a cop because Clara’s sister is missing. Clara is caught between doing her duty and having to straddle the line of the family she left behind and trying to get information about her missing sister. The subplots were done well, moved the main storyline along, and kept me interested. The main character, Clara, is well developed. The story delves into a small town polygamous Mormon town in Utah. I was absorbed in the story from page one until the explosive and exciting ending. Kathryn Casey writes an intricate and page-turning mystery. I liked her writing style. She gave enough details to keep the story moving forward but did not bog it down with extraneous information. The dialogue was done well and was realistic. All the characters were developed well and were unique. Even though the reader may know how the book will end, it is no less intense and heart-pounding. I’m excited to read more in this series, and I want more! #TheFallenGirls @bookouture #NetGalley
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    One of my favorite books of this year

    This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is set in Utah, in a Mormon town filled with polygamy. A 12-year old girl, Delilah, is abducted from the cornfields behind her house. A letter is sent to the local police station alerting them to her disappearance but the mothers in the household plead ignorance when questioned. Max, a former member of "Elijah's People", the community the girl belongs to, calls Detective Clara Jefferies. She is Delilah's half sister who fled her upbringing 9 years ago. The town of Alber seems like a cult. They keep to themselves and won't talk to outsiders. They are leery of anyone asking questions. Clara's mother, Ardeth is not happy when Clara comes back to town. Hannah, the woman that helped Clara escape all those years ago now runs a women's shelter. She tells Clara that she believes other girls have disappeared too. As Clara races against time to find her sister, the town and local authorities are fighting against her. I don't know anything about the Mormon religion or polygamy, but I found the background of the characters and the setting interesting. I liked all the characters, and realized that this is how the women were raised and they didn't really know any different. That turning a blind eye, believing what the men them, is their way of life and the belief they hold dear. I enjoyed this book so much. It is one of my favorites of the year to far. The ending leaves the reader wondering what Clara decides to do and perfectly segues into the next installment. Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Kathryn Casey!
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    A Very Good Series Opener!

    😊 This twisty, exhilarating crime thriller had me guessing as it jogged along. I thoroughly enjoyed The Fallen Girls, a deeply engrossing tale of mystery, concealment and suspense. The book is narrated mostly from two viewpoints, those of Detective Clara Jefferies and her half-sister Delilah. Detective Clara Jefferies has been at Dallas PD for three years and is very much respected as one of the toughest members of the team, working on some of their most difficult cases. Growing up in Alber, Utah, Clara used to belong to the Mormon community and has spent years avoiding her hometown. Now though, she has heard that her sister, Delilah has vanished and she knows that she must face up to her past and go home. Upon her return, Clara finds that her mother, Ardeth has isolated her family by moving to the edge of town. Ardeth won't talk to the police or to Clara believing that their community can protect their own. When Clara finds out that two more girls have disappeared, last seen near her family’s home, she realises it’s not just Delilah who’s in danger. But can she break through her mother's and the rest of the community's wall of silence before it is too late? Kathryn Casey has a very appealing style of writing, the characters she created were very credible and I certainly became invested in them as the story progressed. For me, Clara came across as someone with great tenacity and passion for her job, as well as possessing a strong sense of justice. The abuse Clara endured while she lived in Alber was touched upon but not fully explained in detail. The Fallen Girls was a well plotted and comfortably paced mystery that certainly kept me turning the pages as it touched upon the life within a polygamist community. The story zips back and forth between the two protagonists, providing an interesting contrast between the sisters, building a complex, layered story of twists and turns, and also giving a tone of apprehensiveness and foreboding. The various unfolding of events and revelations make the book even more absorbing. This is a mesmerising story of concealment, hatred, lies and harboured secrets, with other undesirable themes thrown into the mix such as prejudice. The ending leaves the reader considering what Clara might decide to do and provides the perfect pathway into the next instalment. Would I read more from Kathryn Casey? Yes... the author is obviously a very good writer. 😊 I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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    Awesome

    This was my first book by Kathryn Casey, and I am looking forward to reading more. Great suspense filled with mystery, intrigue, and a nice twist at the end. Clara was born and raised in the polygamous town of Alber. She ran away ten years ago, and once gone her family considered her a Fallen girl and no longer has anything to do with her. She is now a detective in the Dallas Police Force. Clara receives a phone call one night from an old friend in Alber, Max. letting her know that there is a possibility that her sister, Delilah is missing. Taking some time off, Clara heads back to Alber to investigate. Once there, she is faced with hatred, lies, and cover ups. But soon the prices start to fall into place as Clara realizes Delilah is not the only missing girl. The families do not trust outsiders, and look to their Prophet and his family for guidance, and none of them wants to cooperate and help find the girls. Clara must find a way to get her family, and the families of the other missing girls, to trust her and help her find Delilah and the others. But time is a luxury these missing girls don't have. Clara and Max must fight agains the prejudices of the town to find the girls before it is too late. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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