Watching her friend dragged away in handcuffs, Josie couldn’t believe for one second that Gretchen had killed that poor boy. Confession or not, someone else was involved. She would find out who…
When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer, a dedicated member of Josie’s team, missing for the last twenty-four hours.
Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police. She knows that there’s no way Gretchen could ever be a killer, so why would she confess to a murder she didn’t commit?
Digging deep into Gretchen’s secretive life, Josie uncovers a link between the boy, the photograph and a devastating case in Gretchen’s past. But just when Josie thinks she has it all figured out, the bodies of a young couple surface on the other side of town. Can Josie get to the truth in time to save her friend from a life in prison or certain death?
I am delighted today to be taking part in the blog tour for Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan, which is the fourth book in the Josie Quinn Detective series. My thanks to Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the tour and for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
This is the fourth book in the Josie Quinn series and I have to admit that I have not read the first three (not sure why, I must remedy that oversight). The fact that I had not read the previous ones did not diminish my enjoyment of this book at all, it can easily be read as a standalone, but I think that if you read this first, it probably contains some spoilers for the previous books, so you might want to read them in order if you plan on reading them all.
This book gets off to a flying start, flinging the reader straight in to the action from the beginning with a romantic encounter interrupted by the discovery of a dead body and it does not let up on the tension for a second until the end of the book. It really is a very tautly plotted, fast-paced thriller and very easy to read; the writing flows very smoothly and is perfectly pitched, not at all a chore to devour.
Despite not having read the previous books, I felt like I got to grips with the main characters of Josie and Noah very quickly. The author does a great job of introducing just enough back story to allow the virgin reader to the series to catch up enough to be drawn in to the story without shovelling it in in a way that bogs down the start of the story. Josie is a very likeable protagonist and I am definitely interested in going back and exploring in more detail some of her past which was obviously revealed in the earlier books in great detail.
The story in this book involves a young man shot in the driveway of a home belonging to one of the Denton PD team. Josie refuses to believe that her colleague has committed the crime, even when the officer in question hands herself in and confesses, and she is dogged in her determination to track down the truth. This takes her on a rollercoaster investigation involving genetics, outlaw bikers gangs and an unsolved crime from the past. It twists and turns like an agitated viper and I could not begin to imagine where it was going, so I was pleasantly surprised when i got to the end and it was all unravelled. A very clever plot which kept me on edge all the way through.
A throughly enjoyable introduction to a fascinating detective series and a wonderful new author for me. I look forward to reading more of this series.
Her Final Confession is out now and you can get your copy by following this link.
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About the Author
Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
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