87. Her Mother’s Grave (Josie Quinn 3) by Lisa Regan

I have now put all other books aside so I can finish devouring this series that has seared itself to my heart and buried its plot in my brain.

Synopsis (as taken from the Amazon Kindle Store) is as follows:

When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

Ability to read – I had absolutely no issue with reading this, if anything my brain had an issue with keeping up the fast pace I read at because I was desperate to learn all the secrets hiding in this book. It was absolutely gripping from beginning to end and gave a much needed glimpse to Josie’s past.

Characterisation – I learnt so much more than I imagined I would about Josie in this book. All the theories I had from the first two books fell at the wayside at the past that was presented to me. It made my feelings for Josie grow stronger and allowed me to see where this controlling determined desire comes from and just what exactly happened in her past to make her the police officer she was now. It also afforded me a chance to see her vulnerable side in a way that hasn’t been seen in the first two novels. I was surprised that Josie had the ability to let others into her life and past and that she was able to let others look after her and essentially take the control from her. From the first two books I wondered if I would get the chance to see this side of her, so when it was present here I was overjoyed that she was able to feel something that she had missed out on before.

Those secondary characters are slowly creeping up to main characters and I love it! I love that as Josie grows, the characters around her grow and change as well.

Visualisation – Again, I started reading this off the back of the second book because the second book ended in a cliffhanger type of way without really being a cliffhanger. I was desperate to read on and couldn’t take a break from the series when so much was up in the air. I had no issue with visualising the characters or the scenes and could clearly see the interaction between the two. My visualisation of things definitely got more detailed in this book as pasts were explored and I got to see more of the characters and how they interacted with each other.

Uniqueness – I did work out the correct ending before it was revealed to me but I was only maybe a couple of pages away from the reveal, so I don’t think this failed in any way. I was surprised by how overjoyed I felt about the ending and how my opinion of the characters involved changed. I think it’s pretty clear now that I’m head over heels in love with this series but I did find this addition to the series more gripping and nail-biting and I think that’s because I was so eager to learn about Josie’s past and understand how she became the person she is in the present.

Star Rating – ★★★★★

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