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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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    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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    Thriller - Missing Person

    First Gone Girl by L.T. Vargus & Tim McBain Charlotte Winters #1 Charlotte “Charlie” Winters is back in her childhood home after almost a decade away. Her reason for being there is not fully given but there are inklings provided. At first, reading the synopsis, I thought that Charlie was a police detective, but she is really more of a private investigator and has been for several years in Seattle before returning home. She is currently working in her Uncle Frank’s private investigation office and has mixed feelings about being back in Michigan. The prologue sets the stage for the missing persons case, The next chapter had me quickly pondering who the characters were and how they would impact the case Charlie will ultimately agree to pursue. The missing person case Charlie accepts soon triggers memories of her past and the loss of her twin sister, provides interaction with old friends from high school, provides flashbacks to past events in her life, provides information related to Charlie’s backstory, and ultimately provides an intriguing thriller with a bad guy to catch in hopes of saving a young girl’s life. What I liked: * Charlie: an interesting character with an interest in seeking to provide recompense or justice for victims. * Not knowing what to think of Allie and her relationship with Charlie * Learning more about Charlie’s backstory although I believe there is much more to learn * Zoe: I hope to see more of her in the future as she and Charlie work cases that overlap * Uncle Frank: I charmer with a bit of a rough edge – do hope he is there for many more books in the series * Will: I would like to hear more about him. He seems to be a lawyer dedicated to his clients’ best interests * The twists and turns that occurred in the pursuit of the kidnapper-murderer * Some of the red herrings – there was more than one * Reading a story that introduced me to new authors * knowing that there will be a book two to look forward in the future What I did not like: * Knowing that such crimes occur more often than we would like to believe * Amber’s parents * The double standard related to bending the law that Charlie had depending on whether it was her or someone else doing the bending * Knowing I will have to wait awhile to find out what happens next Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more in this series/by these authors? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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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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