Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard. Happy publication day Michelle!
About the book:
The light in her wide brown eyes dimmed as she drew her last breath. She might have been beautiful lying there on the floor, if it wasn’t for the purple marks on her neck and the angry red line on her finger where her wedding band used to be…
When Jeanine Hammond is found dead in a hotel in the picture-perfect town of Oakhust, newly-promoted Detective Jo Fournier is thrown into a disturbing case. Who would murder this shy, loving wife and leave her body posed like a ballerina?
Jo wants to know why Jeanine’s husband is so controlling about money, and where Jeanine’s wedding ring is, but before she and her team can get close to the truth, another woman is found strangled in a hotel, arms placed gracefully above her head like a dancer.
While digging through old case files, Jo makes a terrifying link to a series of cold cases: each victim bears the same strangulation marks. But the FBI won’t take Jo seriously, and if she disobeys direct orders by investigating the killings outside of her jurisdiction, it will mean the end of the career she’s already sacrificed so much for, even her relationship.
Just as Jo is beginning to lose hope, she finds messages on the victims’ computers that make her question whether these small-town women were hiding big lies. Jo thinks this is the missing link between the victims, but she knows the killer is moments away from selecting his next victim. Will it lead her to the most twisted killer of her career in time, or will another innocent life be lost?
The Dancing Girls is the first in this new series which follows the newly appointed to Lieutenant Jo Fournier, who has a very disturbing case to solve.
Married women are being found strangled in hotel rooms across the country. and the only thing that appears to be missing is their wedding rings. What is also strange, is that each woman is posed as if they were dancing!
No longer a detective and told to take a step back off the case does not sit well with Jo, who while on forced leave visiting her father in New Orleans becomes once again involved in the case when a woman is found in a New Orleans hotel with her wedding ring missing and placed in a dancing pose. How is Jo meant to stay away from this case, and what is it about these women that have been made the target of this serial killer?
We are soon given that answer!
Unhappy women in their marriages escape their day to day life by playing World of Warcraft online and chatting to other players. This seems harmless doesn’t it? WRONG!! Unfortunately for these women they are drawn to the wrong guy!
Each of these victims are specifically targeted by the serial killer who worms his way into their lives showering them with attention that they crave and promises of a better life with him. Once he has gained their trust, he convinces them to lie to their husbands and gets them to take a trip to meet up with him where their worst nightmares are then realised and he is not who he has appeared to be.
How many more women will die before Jo and her team can solve the case?
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a quite a scary story about how dangerous the web can be as this does actually happen. No one is safe anymore and people can easily be manipulated by someone that says all of the right things if they are vulnerable enough to believe them. In saying that I know of people that have meet the love of their life by doing this and they are not a psycho killer!
This is a fast pace thriller with quick snappy chapters. Just one more you find yourself saying which turns into another one and another one reading well into the night. And that ending! Holy moly I did not see that coming.!! A twist to end all twists! It was fantastic.
I really resonated with the characters and with leading lady Jo and really look forward to more books in this series. If they are anything like this one they are all going to be winners!
A fantastic debut!
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and M.M. Chouinard for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Dancing Girls in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after.
While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them.
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