Today I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers to be kicking off the blog tour for The Quiet Girls by J.M. Hewitt. Happy publication day J.M.
The Quiet Girls by J.M. Hewitt
Release Date: 13th of November
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 312 pages
‘Hattie!’ Carrie called, an edge to her voice. ‘Hattie, this isn’t funny, come out now.’ Carrie moved through the woods on shaking legs. She tried calling, shouting, screaming, but everything was quiet. Her little sister was gone.
Detective Carrie Flynn’s sister Hattie was kidnapped when they were both little girls. After the police failed to find the culprit, Carrie swore she would become a detective and solve the case herself. But the face of the man who snatched Hattie is a blank in her memory…
Twenty years later, eleven-year-old Melanie Wilson is reported missing, a quiet child who longs to fit in, just like Hattie… Carrie has to fight off memories of her lost sister to concentrate on the case, but she soon finds grainy black-and-white footage of Melanie boarding a boat and vanishing. She discovers Melanie has been taken to Pomona, a deserted island, almost inaccessible from the city. But who took little Melanie, and why?
Then the police receive a desperate cry for help from another young girl: I gave you his name, told you where to find him, but you did nothing. My blood is on your hands. Carrie traces the call to the same docks where Melanie was last seen. Now she has a second missing child to save.
But the sound of the broken voice has unlocked something in Carrie. The blurred face of her sister’s kidnapper is starting to become clearer…
Carrie is sure the lost girls are in terrible danger – and that there’s a link between her sister’s disappearance and this case. To find Melanie, Carrie must unleash the memories she’s buried for years. And if she uses her own demons to bring Melanie home, can she finally find out what happened to her sister?
This absolutely unputdownable thriller will keep you up all night until you reach the final heart-stopping page! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Val McDermid and Lisa Regan.
Having loved the first book in this series The Night Caller, I was so excited when it was announced that we would be getting The Quiet Girls in the same year. As soon as it was made available, I devoured it in one sitting! I could not get enough. With an intriguing and interesting plot, mystery, suspense and plenty of twists and turns along the way, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final page! As the wording on the book cover states this is an “Absolutely Addictive Mystery Thriller”
J.M. has created a compelling plot to keep you on your toes. Told over two storylines where one is set in the present with the other in the past, you are kept guessing how the two will come together. There is enough in the blurb without me going into further detail, but I do want to mention J.M.’s use of the desert island of Pomona. I found this to be a fascinating place and it’s use also added another layer to the story like no other I have read before. This for me was really intriguing and I enjoyed these aspects of the story very much. Make sure you also read J.M’s authors note where she goes into more detail of Pomona‘s origin which is really interesting.
This time around, Carrie plays more of the lead role in this story. I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about her and this time we become privy to the heartbreaking and tragic events from her past that shows her vulnerable side that was not there in the first book. I still feel though that there is more to uncover with her. I also enjoyed Paul’s character and I look forward to him evolving and getting to know him more in future books. The secondary characters in this story have all been written perfectly and carry out their part of the story well.
This is only the second book I have read from J.M Hewitt but she has fast become an author where I impatiently wait for their next book. I enjoy her writing style which is fluid, engaging and she excels in getting a readers attention right from the get go. She also knows how to build tension like no other which results in explosive outcomes and jaw dropping moments. I love that in the books I read.
Although the second book in the series, The Quiet Girls can be read as a stand-alone, but you would be missing out if you didn’t read The Night Caller first. It is a stunning piece of literature that is still under my skin months after reading it. I can not wait to see what is in store for Carrie with her next case as I wait eagerly for the third instalment. It has been an absolute pleasure to read and review The Quiet Girls which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and J.M. Hewitt for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Quiet Girls which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Quiet Girls Blog Tour
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Thank-you to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for my spot on The Quiet Girls blog tour.
About J.M. Hewitt
J.M. Hewitt writes crime fiction and is the author of three previous crime fiction novels and has been published in two short story publications.
Her work usually incorporates twentieth and twenty-first century events and far flung locations, and her novels explore the darker side of human behaviour.
In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley.
When she was ten years old she’d read all the books she owned, all those on her mother’s bookcase and everything the library had to offer. She decided the only course of action to take was to write her own stories. Thirty years later, she is still writing them.
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