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    An intriguing story with a thrilling ending.

    Detective Carrie Flynn has a case involving a missing eleven-year-old named Melanie Wilson, and she is reminded of a tragic time in her childhood when her little sister was missing when they were children. It is not a cut-and-dried case for Carrie, however. The story focuses first on Melanie and her two friends when something terrible happened to them. Melanie's home life is seen, and her father makes a life-changing decision for their entire family. Another layer to this situation is that at the police station Carrie has received several phone calls from a distraught young woman. Could all three situations be connected? This multi-layered story touches on a very sensitive subject as danger does indeed draw very close to Melanie. The story is beyond twisted and has more than one storyline. Not only is Melanie's father experiencing as close to a mental break as one could, and this changes everything about the family. Despite the chaos the family ensues, Carrie and her partner do whatever it is they can to locate Melanie and her family. The Quiet Girls is the first story in the Detective Carrie Flynn series. Carrie's past was explored and we learn what makes her so good at her job now. She was the only character I really liked, although I admired Melanie Alice, Melanie's mother, was rather difficult to accept. The story itself was very intriguing and had a thrilling ending. I do look forward to seeing Carrie work on and solve other cases. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion..
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    Loved it!

    Having loved the first book in this series The Night Caller, I was so excited when it was announced that we would be getting The Quiet Girls in the same year. As soon as it was made available, I devoured it in one sitting! I could not get enough. With an intriguing and interesting plot, mystery, suspense and plenty of twists and turns along the way, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final page! As the wording on the book cover states this is an “Absolutely Addictive Mystery Thriller” J.M. has created a compelling plot to keep you on your toes. Told over two storylines where one is set in the present with the other in the past, you are kept guessing how the two will come together. There is enough in the blurb without me going into further detail, but I do want to mention J.M.’s use of the desert island of Pomona. I found this to be a fascinating place and it’s use also added another layer to the story like no other I have read before. This for me was really intriguing and I enjoyed these aspects of the story very much. Make sure you also read J.M’s authors note where she goes into more detail of Pomona‘s origin which is really interesting. This time around, Carrie plays more of the lead role in this story. I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about her and this time we become privy to the heartbreaking and tragic events from her past that shows her vulnerable side that was not there in the first book. I still feel though that there is more to uncover with her. I also enjoyed Paul’s character and I look forward to him evolving and getting to know him more in future books. The secondary characters in this story have all been written perfectly and carry out their part of the story well. This is only the second book I have read from J.M Hewitt but she has fast become an author where I impatiently wait for their next book. I enjoy her writing style which is fluid, engaging and she excels in getting a readers attention right from the get go. She also knows how to build tension like no other which results in explosive outcomes and jaw dropping moments. I love that in the books I read. Although the second book in the series, The Quiet Girls can be read as a stand-alone, but you would be missing out if you didn’t read The Night Caller first. It is a stunning piece of literature that is still under my skin months after reading it. I can not wait to see what is in store for Carrie with her next case as I wait eagerly for the third instalment. It has been an absolute pleasure to read and review The Quiet Girls which I highly recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and J.M. Hewitt for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Quiet Girls which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    utterly gripping

    ‘Hattie!’ Carrie called, an edge to her voice. ‘Hattie, this isn’t funny, come out now.’ Carrie tried calling, shouting, screaming, but everything in the dark woods was quiet. Her little sister was gone. Detective Carrie Flynn’s sister Hattie was kidnapped when they were both little girls. After the police failed to find the culprit, Carrie swore she would become a detective and solve the case herself. But the face of the man who snatched Hattie is a blank in her memory… Twenty years later, eleven-year-old Melanie Wilson is reported missing. Carrie fights off memories of her lost sister to concentrate on the case, but she soon finds footage of Melanie boarding a boat and vanishing. Who took little Melanie, and why? Then the police receive a desperate cry for help from another young girl: I gave you his name, but you did nothing. My blood is on your hands. Carrie traces the call to the same docks where Melanie was last seen. Carrie is sure the lost girls are in terrible danger – and that there’s a link between her sister’s disappearance and this case. To find Melanie, Carrie must unleash the memories she’s buried for years. And if she uses her own demons to bring Melanie home, can she finally find out what happened to her sister? This is a wonderful thrilling new read from this author! Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and action with that adds so much to the story. Such a thrilling read that I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from this author. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own honest voluntary review.
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    A must read

    I was going to rate The Quiet Girls 4.5 but after thinking about the book and its ending I give The Quiet Girls a solid 5. This book will stay with me for a long time. The Quiet Girls is several stories within the one, each with their own twists and turns. You learn more about Carrie and what happened to her when her sister was kidnapped and murdered. Carrie has blocked out what happened that day. Two families move to a deserted island ; each for different reasons. Harry just wants to keep his daughter safe but its too late for that as Melanie knows too much about the predator in town. I don,t want to give anything away but the stories merge, the pages fly by. Twists and turns you won't see coming. I can't wait for book 3 in the series. I will be first in line to buy it. Please take time to read the author's notes at the end of the book. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me spend time in Carrie's world.
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    The series is improving

    3.5 stars The Quiet Girls by J.M. Hewitt is a psychological thriller, the second in the Detective Carrie Flynn series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.    Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) DS Carrie Flynn lost her sister Hattie, when she was a child.  Hattie was abducted, and never found.  Their mother has spent the last two decades in a nursing home, not speaking, not really there.  Carrie spent years in foster care.  She has become a very independent woman, who doesn't really let people in.  She needs to be in control at all times, so stays away from booze and drugs.  She is partnered with DC Paul Harper. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) The police have received a message from a distraught caller stating that they had provided information in the past, and nothing was done.  It looks like the caller is now going to take matters into their own hands.  Carrie wants to follow up, insisting that the caller is a victim, while Paul looks at the caller as a perpetrator. Three girls enter a house and one of them is attacked by a pedophile.  One of the girls, 11-year old Melanie Wilson, gets the other two girls out.  Later, she ends up missing, along with her parents. Another family, mother, father, and twin 15-year olds also go missing. There is something about these cases that are stirring up Carrie's memories of her missing sister.  After 20 years, Carrie still aches for Hattie.   My Opinions:   I enjoyed this second book in the series much more than the first.  We got to know a lot more about Carrie, as we explored what happened to her sister.  This really helps to involve the reader.  I think I may have let this series go by the wayside if the author had not done this.  I like how Hewitt told both Carrie's story and the active case in alternate chapters.  I do, however, believe that the tie-in between the two was a little far-fetched. The plot was good, and it moved quickly.  It is a very fast read.  The characters were interesting, and as they book moved along, the strength of some increased, while others fell off.   The author created survivors! The book explores the idea of living off-the-grid, and the reasons it would or not appeal.  To me....no...I have to have somewhere to charge my e-reader! Overall, I enjoyed the book.  
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