Next girl to die

3.5 Stars

A pretty good first book in a new mystery/thriller series.

Claire Calderwood grew up in a small town in Maine. When she was a teenager, her sister Rachel was brutally murdered and the culprit was never arrested. After high school Claire fled her small town and made a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit. When another girl in the small town is killed in the same way as her sister, the police ask Claire to return to help them solve the case. Despite her grief and haunted past, Claire agrees to move back and help.

As she begins to investigate the murder, a tenacious reporter refuses to back off and repeatedly asks Claire questions she’d rather not answer. As he continues to dig into Rachel’s death, he uncovers evidence that may point to the killer. After another girl is found dead, Claire reluctantly allows him to aid in her investigation.

I liked this book. The pace was steady and there were plenty of red herrings to keep a reader guessing until the end. Parts of the story were pretty far-fetched, especially some of the attacks on Claire and her ability to easily escape injury. The romance was also a bit over the top. Just because we have a tough, driven woman doesn’t mean she always has to have a love interest to distract her. Overall, though, I liked the book and will read the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.