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  • Intense Thriller!!

    Don’t let the title fool you there is nothing playful or funny about this story. What it is about is raw, gritty and sometimes hard to read. It’s also one of the best crime fiction novels I’ve read this year. The second book in this series is even better than the first. Detective Alyssa Watt and her partner Cord are called into investigate several missing teenage girls. The evil in this story is terrifying because it happens every day. If your a fan of Lisa Gardner which I am you will love this book.

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  • Gripping Gritty & Un-put-downable

    The Toybox by Charly Fox Detective Alyssa Wyatt #2 Well, the book description is correct…I stayed up till 3:30 to finish this book and then had trouble getting to sleep once in my bed. This was a book I will not forget any time soon. Gripping, gritty and gruesome this story is one that though not one hundred percent explicit left no doubt that the missing girls had more to deal with than anyone ever should have to bear. What I liked: * Alyssa Wyatt: this female lead character is one to admire. She has both feet on the ground, is a good leader, works well with her team, is compassionate and so much more. She is in a stable marriage with children she loves and cares for. She is…normal. * Cord Roberts: job partner to Alyssa, he too is normal. A good man, happily married, good team player and someone I want to get to know better, too. * Alyssa’s family: all seem to be normal (hear the repetition?) I am so ready for crime stories with people in charge that I can relate to * The writing: plot, pace and writing were excellent * That I was grabbed immediately then could not put the book down till the wee hours of the morning * The issue of human-sex trafficking was presented in a way that was real and made me think about how to prevent it… * That there was a happy ending for some What I did not like: * Knowing that human trafficking and sex-slaves really exist in this world and that there is so little regard for the plight of these people * The entitled hands-off parents some of the girls had in their lives * The evil amoral abusive people in the story – wanted to see them all experience exactly what they were so willing to do to the women they tortured * Knowing that I missed the first book in this series – will have to see if I can find and read it soon Did I enjoy this book? Yes, though the subject matter was not always easy reading Would I read more by this author? Definitely! Thank you to NetGalley and Hera Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • Dark, Tense & Exhilarating

    Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Detective Alyssa Wyatt and her work partner Cord Roberts are investigating another case. This follows on shortly after the events in book one, All His Pretty Girls, but each instalment contains its own investigation and works on its own. Young women are seemingly vanishing into thin air. With no obvious clues or links between the victims, Alyssa and Cord are struggling, then Jersey Andrews, the best friend of Alyssa’s teenage daughter, Holly, joins the list of missing girls, and for Alyssa the case has just become personal. Alyssa faces a frantic hunt to track down the killers, before any more innocent women lose their lives. Alyssa is a feisty, compassionate detective balancing her professional life with her personal life. I like the partnership between Alyssa and Cord as they worked very well together. Although Alyssa comes across as the stronger of the two, Cord is a good anchor although he has issues of his own in The Toybox. This is a well written crime thriller with lots of action and some really great characterisation. There are some themes contained within the tension-filled story that were heavy going and emotionally distressing, such as human trafficking, but they didn't deter me from wanting to read on. In fact I had trouble putting my Kindle down as I needed to see how the story would conclude. The ending was a huge surprise that I didn't see coming. I will definitely be reading the first in the series, All His Pretty Girls and shall be watching out for book three. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Hera Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Gripping Read!!!

    You don’t want to play their games… All around Albuquerque, New Mexico, young women are going missing, seemingly vanished into thin air. With no link between the victims, Detective Alyssa Wyatt is quickly plunged into a horrifying case with no obvious clues. And when Jersey Andrews, the best friend of Alyssa’s teenage daughter, Holly, joins the list of vanished girls, the case becomes personal. But this investigation will lead Alyssa and partner Cord into the most sinister depths of humanity; an evil place where life is expendable, and where the depraved can fulfil their darkest desires – if they have the money to pay for it. As the first bodies appear, abandoned on the streets, Alyssa is forced into a frantic hunt to track down the killers – before more innocent women lose their lives. But when the truth comes out, it seems that the key to solving the case was hiding in the last place anyone expected… This is a brilliant read. 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 found myself second guessing every thought I had continuousluy. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own honest voluntary review.

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  • Dark & Intense

    This book kept me intrigued from the first page. Some parts wanted to cry and scream for the characters. A very emotional read.

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