Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Little Girls Sleeping by Jennifer Chase. Happy publication day Jennifer!
About the book:
He looked down at the little girl, sleeping peacefully, her arms wrapped around a teddy bear. He knew he was the only one who could save her. He could let her sleep forever.
An eight-year-old girl, Chelsea Compton, is missing in Pine Valley, California and for Detective Katie Scott it’s a cruel reminder of the friend who disappeared from summer camp twenty years ago. Unable to shake the memories, Katie vows she won’t rest until she discovers what happened to Chelsea.
But as Katie starts to investigate, accompanied by her loyal ex-military dog, Cisco, the case reveals itself to be much bigger and more shocking than she feared. Hidden deep in the forest she unearths a makeshift cemetery: a row of graves, each with a brightly coloured teddy bear.
Katie links the graves to a stack of missing-persons cases involving young girls—finding a pattern no one else has managed to see. Someone in Pine Valley has been taking the town’s daughters for years, and Katie is the only one who can stop them.
And then another little girl goes missing, snatched from the park near her home.
Katie’s still haunted by the friend she failed to protect, and she’ll do anything to stop the killer striking again—but can she find the little girl before it’s too late?
Having returned home from a tour of Afghanistan with the K-9 unit, Katie Scott plans to take some time out from her previous role as a police officer with the Sacramento PD, to doing administrative work for the Pine Valley police department where her uncle is the sheriff.
When in his office, she comes across a file from a cold case where a little girl named Chelsea Compton was kidnapped four years previously, and whose body was never found.
Still haunted by the memory of the mysterious disappearance of a friend at summer camp 20 years ago, Katie takes matters into her own hands and she secretly starts investigating Chelsea’s case with Cisco, her beloved german shepherd who she worked with in Afghanistan.
When she stumbles upon multiple graves, the case is blown wide open to other unsolved cases of missing girls with a calling card of a teddy bear on each of these graves. It is then that she realises there is a serial killer at large, and one of the worst kind imaginable.
With part of the mystery solved, a major part of the puzzle still remains, and it is then that the sheriff promotes his niece to detective so she can continue to work on the investigation.
But being a relation of the town sheriff does not win Katie any friends and she ruffles some feathers, especially with the detective who was assigned to the case at the time.
The race is then on, when another little girl goes missing to solve this case. Time is running out, but the closer that Katie gets to solving the case, the more her life is in danger.
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I absolutely loved this book and Katie’s character. It is never easy to read a book like this when the victims are children, but Jennifer does a great job and is sensitive with the subject matter without describing the deaths in too much graphic detail.
I really enjoyed Jennifer’s writing style and felt the determination of Katie in her need to solve the case no matter what. Even at the risk of her own life.
This is a fantastic debut for this series and I look forward to many more books to come.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Jennifer Chase for allowing me to read an advance copy of Little Girls Sleeping in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in any way.
About the Author:
Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.
In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.
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Little Girls Sleeping is available to buy now!