Today I am so thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour with my review on its publication day for The Golden Girl by Dana Perry, published by Bookouture.
The Golden Girl by Dana Perry
Release Date: 8th of June 2020
Print Length: 344 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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Maura was perfect. A perfect liar.
One humid summer evening, Officer Maura Walsh is led to her table at a local restaurant – it’s a trendy place with cocktails on the menu, full of office workers leaning across the bar to flirt. She’s prettier than most of the women here, but everybody gives her a wide berth. She doesn’t eat or drink anything. She doesn’t meet anyone’s eye.
An hour later, Maura is dead. Her silky red hair swirls in the dirty puddles beneath her body. The dank walls of a forgotten alley are the last thing she ever saw. It took a long time for Maura to die, alone in the dark.
Somebody made sure she would have plenty of time to think about what she’d done.
This totally twisty and absolutely gripping read will keep you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of Willow Rose, Gregg Olsen and Lisa Jackson.
Wow Wow Wow! This book is absolutely amazing and I can’t praise it highly enough! Only the second book in the Jessie Tucker series, it is a brilliant addition to what I hope will be many more books to come from it. In my honest opinion, there are not enough stars out there to rate this one and it will definitely be part of my best books for 2020!
The Golden Girl, which is set a few months after the events in The Silent Victim, kicks off when police officer Maura Walsh is shot and killed in an alley among the mean streets of New York. Not just any police officer, Maura is the daughter of the NYPD police commissioner Mike Walsh so you can imagine what hits the fan! When the police at first have no suspects, news reporter Jessie Tucker becomes embroiled in the case. What she uncovers is more than she bargained for, and opens up one big giant can of worms! But in true Jessie form, she doesn’t back down, even at the risk to her own life.
The New York setting is the perfect backdrop to the series. It is not like Friends catching up at central perk for coffee all sunshine and roses, it is more Law & Order SVU, which depicts the darker, seedier and gritty side to it, but this one showcases a precinct with dirty cops involved in corruption and ties to the underworld. I really find these types of stories fascinating as to the reasons why some police officers choose to go down that path.
It was great to catch up with Jessie again to see how she fared after the events from The Silent Victim. She is one resilient woman, but we do see her vulnerable side rise to the surface again, even more so this time around. She sees herself in Maura and it nearly becomes an obsession for her in getting justice, as she pushes the boundaries to do just that. There is also a subplot that is very personal to Jessie and I look forward to it being explored more in future books.
With each new character that was brought into the story, it also brought a new suspect into the mix. You are kept second guessing everyone and in true Dana Perry form, nothing it what it seems. There is definitely no room to be complacent when reading this book and as he did in The Silent Victim, Dana hoodwinks you again! He is totally the master at doing this and I love it!
Dana held me captive right from the prologue till the end. There was no way I could tear myself away even if I wanted too! I couldn’t get enough and devoured it in one sitting! What makes this series stand out for me is Dana’s experience of working in the New York media, so he brings an authentic account and realism to the story. His writing is very engaging and he sure knows how to throw in twists and turns and shocking revelations, which he does in The Golden Girl in spectacular fashion!
The Golden Girl is everything I could have hoped for and more. It can be read as a stand-alone and does rehash the events from The Silent Victim, but you would be missing out on another brilliant story by not it reading it first. This really is an exciting series and I will be waiting so impatiently for book three! Can you hear me tapping my fingers on my desk Dana…
It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Golden Girl which I can’t recommend highly enough. Congratulations on another winner Dana!
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Dana Perry for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Golden Girl which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Dana Perry is a New York City author who writes mystery thrillers featuring newspaper reporter Jessie Tucker.
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