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  • Great plot, great characters, great location!

    A hideously violent act opens the The Innocent Girls, the second in a series featuring Detective Casey White. A couple have been stabbed and mutilated in their RV, parked in a campground on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The crime scene is a gory one and the couple’s 13 year old daughter is missing. Soon another parent is dead and yet another girl has disappeared. As the search for the missing girls continues, Casey must deal with her own troubled past. Her daughter was kidnapped years ago and that tragedy led to the end of her marriage. Then one of the girls is found, near exhaustion, walking on bloodied feet and raving about an invitation. Casey and her team work to learn the meaning behind the mutilations and how these murder victims are related. Can they solve this case before there are more victims? The Innocent Girls is a great 5 star read. Although part of a series, it’s a standalone thriller with heart-stopping suspense. The characters, especially Casey, are well described and the Outer Banks location becomes almost a character itself. I’m looking forward to the next in this series. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and B.R. Spangler for this ARC.

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  • haunting story

    A continuation of a search for a missing daughter. A series of horrific murders. Are they connected? Some of the victims have numbers or letters carved into their flesh. Is this a sadistic clue, or just a random act to confuse the police? Will Detective Casey White find out before there are more murders or will the Outer Banks suffer more loss. And will Casey find her daughter Hannah again....

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  • A good intro to a new, to me, series

    Casey White is a detective, but first she is a mother who lost her child to a kidnapping many years ago. That Mother’s instinct and compassion, coupled with her law enforcement background, makes her a force to be reckoned with when it appears there may be a serial killer in the Outer Banks, targeting families. Not settling for an easy, pat conclusion to the case, Casey keeps digging to get to the motive even once the powers that be are happy with a confession. Along the way, Casey continues to search for her daughter, whom she has seen in the past year. A Mother’s love knows no bounds and a detective’s instinct knows that persistence is the key to solving open cases and righting wrongs. While I felt there were some things that would have been clearer if I had read the first book in this series before the second, I was still able to pick up and follow along without out much disconnect. Though I had figured out the whodunit it early on after two clues were dropped. Still, watching it unfold made for a good read. Looking forward to more in this series.

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  • An amazing sequel!

    It has been my absolute pleasure to read and review "The Innocent Girls" by B.R. Spangler! This second installment in the Detective Casey White series was absolutely phenomenal. Luckily I was able to read these two, for the first time, back-to-back, devouring the sequel in practically one sitting! // Set not long after book one, "Where Lost Girls Go," book two picks right up with Detective Casey White and team on a double murder case and possible child abduction in North Carolina's Outer Banks! Soon after, there's a discovery of another body and a missing child. As the bodies pile up, there's something that just doesn't quite add up; this murderer is set on carving into and killing the parents but never touches the children. Aside from the symbols etched into the parent's dead bodies, the only clue Detective Casey and the team have to go off of are the heavily coveted invitations that the teen girls received before going on vacation. Is there any relevance? What are these symbols? You'll have to read it to find out! // I was quite thrilled to discover that "The Innocent Girls" followed the same writing style as "Where Lost Girls Go." There were short to mid-length sized chapters mostly told from Casey's first-person perspective, the additional snippets from key characters here, and there was quite the added bonus. I rather enjoyed the hunt, the race to figure out the clues—especially the symbolism and the cult-like vibes from the mysterious church. I had a few of my own idea along the way, usually following closely with the team's theories. Let's not forget the chemistry between Detective Casey and Marine Control's Jericho Flynn! While not as central to the story this time around, Jericho's interactions with Casey fit perfectly within their relationship progression and Casey's advancements within the department. I have to say, the conclusion was quite the surprise, not necessarily the perp, but rather the actual events. I'm anxiously looking forward to a possible book three! // I would recommend this one to crime thriller and police procedural enthusiasts everywhere! B.R. Spangler has quickly made his way into my private selection of auto-buy authors, and I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next! My heart goes out to Casey and her journey to discover what happened to her own daughter, taken from her some fourteen years ago. While her daughter's case and history are mentioned throughout this book, I feel that it's important to state this can be read as a standalone. There's enough main story and inferred history within the text to keep the reader frantically turning the page! // Thank you to @NetGalley, the publishers at @Bookouture, their PR and Social Media Manager @author_noelleholten (@nholten40), and the author @BR_Spangler for providing me with a complimentary copy of this title. I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed this title. It has been an absolute pleasure taking part in this Books-on-Tour event!

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  • Riveting Police Procedural

    Although this is the second book in a series, I read it as a standalone and had no difficulty following the plot and characters. In fact, I was drawn into the story from the very beginning and raced to finish it as the tension seemed to ratchet up with each new chapter. Detective Casey White is a strong female protagonist but her vulnerable side is shown also since she has nightmares about the kidnapping of her daughter Hannah as a toddler. When parents are killed with a message carved on the mother and a teen girl missing each time, Casey’s determination to find the girls is understandable. The police procedural part of the story was absolutely engrossing. There is a sub-plot about a weird church in the middle of nowhere, a charismatic pastor who seems evil in many ways, and the mysterious fact that attendees have to be invited in order to attend. The mystery of the invitation was definitely enticing since one girl was found and could only say “he invited me” before she was whisked off to the hospital. Casey’s desperation to find subsequent missing girls is evident and the tension in the plot increases accordingly, making me as the reader enthralled by each new crime, each new detail and each new clue. There were plenty of unexpected twists and a whole gallery of possible suspects, perfect for a mystery/suspense enthusiast like me. The revelation of the killer was a real surprise to me and the final scenes were totally riveting. Fans of thriller/suspense will really enjoy this book. I know for sure that I will look for the next book in the series and Casey White’s next adversary who cannot possibly be a match for her skill and intuition. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

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