Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for First Girl Gone by LT Vargus and Tim McBain, published by Bookouture.
First Girl Gone by LT Vargus and Tim McBain
Release Date: 18th of September 2020
Print Length: 429 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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Down the beach, she can just make out the rusting hulk of the Ferris wheel through the dawn mist. The hairs prickle on her neck as she drags her focus back to the chestnut hair fanned out in the shallow water at her feet, to the grains of sand decorating the beautiful girl’s white cheeks like freckles.
Detective Charlie Winters never thought she’d find herself back on Salem Island, but she’s forced home re-open the wound that never healed: her sister was abducted from the small town when they were teenagers. But now a family friend needs her help to find her missing daughter, Kara.
Searching Kara’s messy, poster-covered bedroom, Charlie finds more questions than answers. Did Kara run away, or was she snatched? She’s clearly been keeping secrets from her family—but don’t all teenagers?
A little black matchbook hidden in a jewellery box is Charlie’s only lead, but the seedy nightclub it comes from proves to be nothing but a dangerous dead end. Until Charlie is approached by a second distraught mother whose daughter has also vanished.
Forced at every turn to relive the trauma she ran away from, Charlie’s blood runs cold when a girl’s body is discovered in the exact spot on the water’s edge where the last trace of her sister was found. It’s clearsomeone is taunting Charlie, but with other innocent girls’ lives at risk, she has no choice but to take the bait…
An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will leave you gasping for breath. Fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Lisa Regan will need to sleep with the lights on!
First Girl Gone , the first book in a new series, is the first I have read from LT Vargus and Tim McBain and what a great introduction it is to their work. This story had me in its clutches right from the get go and I was completely enthralled throughout.
The author’s have created a thrilling story that see’s Private Detective Charlotte “Charlie” Winters reluctantly return back to her hometown on Salem Island to look after her uncles PI business when he falls ill. But with her return, comes painful memories of when her sister was abducted from the Island when they were teenagers. Not knowing what became of her sister still haunts as she becomes embroiled in a similar case.
I really enjoyed Charlie’s character, she makes for a great lead, who is flawed a loner and who I could actually see some of myself in. You can feel her pain as she is forced to relive the disappearance of her sister when she is called upon to help in the search for her friends missing daughter. She really did pull at my heartstrings and I look forward to getting to know her more in future books.
I connected with the author’s writing style and I would be interested to see as to whom wrote what parts. They were really in sync with each other and made it seem like they were one. I liked the sharp dialogue throughout and I thought the inclusion of Allie, (Charlie’s sister) who she has a running commentary with in her head, made the story all the more interesting.
All up, First Girl Gone is a great start to a new series. It is a gripping page turner that is fast paced and action packed and perfect for fans of the crime thriller genre. I will most definitely be looking forward to the next instalment. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review First Girl Gone which I recommend.
Thank you to LT Vargus, Tim McBain, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of First Girl Gone which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know LT Vargus and Tim McBain
L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain are the authors of the Violet Darger series and The Scattered and the Dead series among others, which have collectively tallied over a million downloads. Their book, Dead End Girl, peaked at #3 in the US Kindle charts and has remained in the top 10 in multiple sub-categories since it was published in 2017.
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