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    HER DARK HEART

    Excellent book .Loved the the characters .especially Gina &Chris. Can hardly wait fornext book
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    Fantastic

    As usual this book by Carla is brillant. Just like the others n the series. Could not put it down. Can't wait for the next.
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    A Thrilling, Chilling Tale

    What a book! Let me take a moment to catch my breath! Book 5 is the first I’ve read in the Gina Harte series by Carla Kovach. Although I hadn’t read all preceding four books, Her Dark Heart acts as an excellent standalone to put me in the heart of Gina’s world. The title carries foreboding and I began to wonder if this book would be more a domestic suspense than a crime thriller, revealing a bond that has slowly deteriorated. Susan is missing. But what is so tragic about her case is that she is also a mother of three. With a dark past that had all the hallmarks of a runaway teenager, her mother, Mary, is convinced Susan hasn’t run away this time. With a job that involves visiting people’s houses and a relationship on the rocks, something isn’t right and fingers begin to point at Susan’s husband, Ryan. As evidence mounts on both sides; a client with whom Susan has argued and dalliances that could be cited in a divorce case, things aren’t looking good. As Gina gets Susan’s image out to the local media and follows a runner who may have been eavesdropping, Mary does her own investigations into Susan’s blue box. Although it’s evident Susan misses her dead father, the musings and poems she has written incite a creepy mood and it’s at this halfway point, I wonder if Susan has been abducted by more than one person. Different point of view chapters from family members transports the reader into the minds of each character. Clare, Susan’s older sister is one of the most interesting. She sees herself as downtrodden and less attractive. One of life’s multiple failures. Susan has been a project since childhood, an obligation if you will, and Clare’s focus throughout the story is her struggle to fit in. With friends turning up dead, the case gets murkier by the minute and there are simply too many suspects to choose from. Fast-paced and easy to read, this is a thrilling, chilling tale which left me gut-punched at the final reveal! Thank you to Bookouture, Carla Kovach and Netgalley for an ARC of Her Dark Heart in exchange for an honest review.
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    Fast paced, interesting thriller.

    Many readers who have read the Detective Gina Harte series recommended me this book and told me it can be read as standalone. Basically, I am a very immaculate reader who doesn't like reading books whether it can be read as a standalone or not. But I made an exception to two books I saw on Netgalley because of my thirst for good detective books. When I read the synopsis of the book, it succeeded in making me want to read this book. I took three weeks to complete this book, reading a couple of chapters or just one due to personal issues, but the book turned out to be quite good than I expected it to be. I am going to use the official synopsis. Rory is waiting at the door of the pre-school – a painted picture of his mother Susan in his small hand. But Susan isn’t going to see the picture, because she has vanished. Susan Wheeler is a devoted mother. She would do anything for her three children. She drops them off and picks them up every single day. Until one day when Susan kisses them goodbye and then never comes to pick them up. Susan’s mother Mary is worried. Susan is recently divorced and has been finding things hard recently, but she loves her kids – she’d never leave them. Susan’s sister Clare is furious. It’s just like her to go missing. It’s not the first time, either. Susan has always been a troublemaker. Always seeking attention. She knows Susan has been lying to the family for years. And she knows that Susan has been sneaking out of her family home for weeks… As the hours turn into days, even Clare becomes fearful for Susan. And, when Mary discovers Susan’s diary, she begins to uncover a dark secret from her childhood. Something no one in the family knew. When the final diary entry leads the police to a man who is discovered dead in a local park, they’re left wondering whether Susan has vanished because she is a victim. Or because she is a suspect… I am going to keep this review simple. I enjoyed the book. I found the plot to be similar mostly to The Sinner series on Netflix but I enjoyed reading the book nevertheless. The plot is narrated with the same intensity from the beginning to end: there are no chapters that will end boring you or make you feel unnecessary. The characters are pretty good and I can sense the fact that they have been developed into who they are now from the very beginning. There is necessary information that is dropped in lightly so that anyone reading the book as a standalone will understand why a character is a way they are. In the beginning, I found Gina pretty annoying because of her 'too many personal feelings". I have normally read about women characters who have gone through lots of abuse that their trauma has made them unemotional. That made me expect this character to be such a cliche. But Gina, she is pretty emotional and I don't blame it on her trauma. Women are emotional and that's what makes us who we are and continue to excel in our respective fields, even when those emotions are very close to home and are waiting to burst out. Carla has done an amazing job showing these two realistic aspects through Gina! Big applause for her for writing every other woman in the book realistically! Also, she has done a good job by weaving every aspect of the plot, be it the good detective job or processes or the forensic terminology. As a fast-paced and interesting thriller that will keep you hooked from the very beginning, this book felt like a perfect one-time read! I will be keeping an eye out for future works by Carla and check out her past works. Recommended: Anyone in need of a good thriller!
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    I love this book and series.

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars When Susan, divorced mother of three, disappears, there are mixed reactions. On the one hand her mother Mary is very concerned. Conversely, her sister Clare is perturbed and is certain that Susan's disappearance is a repeat of her past actions. Detective Gina Harte is on the scene, hoping to discover what happened to Susan. She makes more than one visit to the family, including Susan's ex-husband, and Mary's home. Currently, Susan's ex is caring for their two daughters, and Mary has the couple's young son. Meanwhile, Clare and her son are living at home with Mary and her husband. Tensions are definitely on the rise, especially as Clare's feelings towards Susan are made clear. Mary has secreted some things from the police, things she found while searching her daughter's home. She unearthed Susan's diary and reluctantly shares information with Gina. Susan had been hiding secrets from her past, and the investigation leads to the body of a man somehow connected to Susan. Gina cannot help but wonder, is Susan a victim or guilty of the man's murder? Is her disappearance much more than meets the eye? Meanwhile, the story shifts back and forth between the search for Susan, while at the same time sharing the perspective of the guilty party, with more than one victim ending up in danger. Despite these entries, I was completely surprised as to what was eventually revealed. What a riveting story! The dual timelines were intriguing, especially when the mystery element became rather thrilling. Meanwhile, the family drama was compelling. And the conclusion, shocking beyond belief! This is the fifth book in the Detective Gina Harte series. Having had the opportunity to read the previous two titles, I have come to admire Gina and her work ethic. I look forward to continuing with this series. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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