Friday, November 1, 2019

The Quiet Girls - by J.M. Hewitt

©J.M. Hewitt
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Release Date: 11/13/19
Full of twists and turns, get ready for a ride! This is a story riddled with several seemingly unrelated narratives mostly centered around the idea of escaping a pedophile. How well do you really know those closest to you? What if in trying to escape the danger you only succeed in bringing it that much closer?

Eleven-year-old Melanie narrowly survives a close encounter with a pedophile, scaring her depressed father into relocating their entire family off-grid alongside another family with fifteen-year-old twins. The husbands are determined to start their own community, living off the land, whether their wives and children like it or not.

Along comes Detective Carrie Flynn, investigating the missing person's reports filed by the schools that both Melanie and the twins previously attended, along with reports from a desperate young woman pleading for help. Throughout Carrie's chapters, we're provided with insight into the moments leading up to and following her little sister Hattie's abduction some twenty-years ago. Her sister was taken right in front of her eyes, but she can't seem to recall the face of the man who took her. As the story progresses Carrie is constantly reminded of the loss of her sister, still craving justice.. and answers.

As a mother and wife, I found myself repeatedly irritated with Alice's character for the first 3/4 of the book. Alice is Melanie's mother, wife to Harry. For someone so confident in the courtroom it's a wonder why she was so complaisant in her home life. I do believe, however, that she was perfectly written for the role she plays within The Quiet Girls; likely meant to drive the reader insane! I kept wanting to yell through the pages at her, "Say something! Do something!" Luckily Alice gets it together towards the end of the story, earning herself an "atta girl" from me.

Please note, don't accidentally overlook the final pieces of the puzzle! I was quite thankful for the epilogue and the author's note. In the epilogue, we get those last bits of character development that we were left wishing for in the final chapter. Hewitt manages to tie everything together while still leaving room for Detective Carrie Flynn's story to progress in a hopeful book three. As for the author's note, don't skip this part! This is where we learn the origins of the story's setting, giving even more credence to the mystery shrouding Pomona.

The Quiet Girls is book two in the Detective Carrie Flynn thriller series. Rating a solid 5/5 stars! I enjoyed the many different storylines, trying to solve the case myself but not quite figuring out the connection until the final moments. You know that if a story can keep you guessing, intrigued enough to stay up well past any decent hour of night just to figure out the twist, then it's well worth the read!

I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to get lost in a dark and twisty thriller! Also, to anyone who's already read book one, The Night Crawler, which I fully plan to catch up on as I await book three! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author J.M. Hewitt for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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