The Innocent Girls. B.R Spangler
Earlier this year I read the first book in the Detective Jane Casey series, and since then I’ve been desperate to get my hands on the next one. So when The Innocent Girls dropped into my inbox I couldn’t wait to get started, and I wasn’t disappointed, what a cracking book.
Jane is now a permanent fixture in Outer Banks North Carolina. The ex big city cop decided to stay as she’s convinced she is getting closer to finding her missing daughter Hannah. She’s also fallen for Ex sheriff Jericho Flynn and is enjoying life as a small town cop, life is ticking along quite nicely
Then a 13 year old girl witnesses the vicious murder of her parents in a motor home, but after she escapes she runs off to a cult like church without reporting the murder to the police.
When the bodies are discovered Casey’s team start to investigate. One of the bodies has a strange pattern carved into their chest and various theories take the team down different avenues.
When a second murder scene is found, with more carvings on the body, the team also realise another young girl is missing.
The two cases have to be connected and Casey soon makes a connection to a strange Cult-Preacher and his pop-up church.
What follows is an investigation into a series of murders that is intriguing in its complexity.
Murders carried out in a vicious manner, mysterious post mortem wounds inflicted on the bodies, links to children in the families, who never seem to be hurt, and as the team try to make sense of it the murders get a bit too close to home.
The story is brilliant. It’s just complex enough to keep you guessing without crossing into the realms of improbability.
The story is made all the better by the team that Casey is building around her, professionally and in her personal life. There are some great characters that are going to be fun to watch develop.
This series has started out with two of the most addictive stories I’ve read for a long time , the very definition of “ page-turners” I really am excited to read what comes next.
Publishing Date: 3rd September 2020