The Next Girl – Karla Kovach


I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

This tale begins with a quick peek of the kidnapping and death of a prostitute, and then fast forwards to the present, where an older gentleman has just left a pub and comes upon a baby that’s been abandoned on the library steps. Detective Inspector Gina Harte is sent to investigate the baby’s seeming abandonment; the only clues being the rag the infant was wrapped with, and the shoddy job done on cutting the baby’s umbilical cord.

As the investigation continues, a DNA assay links the new born baby to a woman, Deborah, who vanished under mysterious circumstances four years prior. Armed with that revelation, the case investigating the woman’s disappearance is re-opened, and her family is notified of the baby’s finding. Deborah’s bereaved family immediately takes the baby home.

The story is told with glimpses into all of the character’s lives – DI Harte, who is just beginning an illicit affair with a superior, and whose past is haunted by abuse, Deborah, who has been held hostage by an unknown man for the last four years, and Luke, Deborah’s husband who is trying to move on, but can’t seem to let go of the past and his love for Deborah.

As Luke’s family takes in and cares for baby Isobel, Deborah’s captor becomes obsessed with getting the baby back, while the police frantically re-examine old clues and re-interview Deborah’s friends and acquaintances in attempts to discover something they’ve missed. Finally, a witness notes an odd gesture made by a stranger, and Gina is suddenly reminded of someone from Deborah’s past, and pieces it all together – but will they find her in time?

This book was fabulous! The small storylines interwoven into the characters’ lives made the story believable and the main character DI Harte, very likeable. The book was fast paced, and difficult to put down! I cannot wait for further novels in the Gina Harte series! A great read!! 5 stars!

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Hi there! I am Mel and I love to read!! My favorite genres are typically mystery/thriller, adventure/suspense and occasionally chick lit/romance stories (when the mystery/thrillers get to be too much, which isn't too often!) I have just started to write reviews for Amazon, Goodreads and this blog, although I am a novice to blogging, so THIS is a work in progress - as you can see the reviews are numerous and the true blogs are few - I'll hopefully be improving on that as time goes on!! I'm looking to network, give some newer authors some exposure and to perhaps explore myself a bit in this whole process!! I am a critical care turned CDI nurse, recently transplanted to coastal Florida, from New England. (Would love to assist with medical/hospital verbiage/scenes for authors!) I love a great cup (or pot) of coffee, day trips, visiting state parks and other nature made places, and exploring/photographing wildlife. And birds...I am a HUGE bird/nature nerd!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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