Hello, my fellow readers and bloggers. It is August already, so hot and I hope you are having a great time somewhere on vacation. And a vacation can not be imagined without a good book. And I have a very good book for you today. I am kicking off the Victoria Jenkins’ blog tour for her latest book The Girls in the Water. I had a great time reading this book and I hope you will too. Enjoy!
Not every story starts in the present. Most of them start a long time ago. One boy lives with his mother. There are men coming into and out of her room all the time. The boy is locked in the closet in the other room. He hates them. He hates his mother. He considers her dirty.
Two other children have been abused by their parents. They think it is love, but as they grow older, they realise it is not. They try to escape. First, the older girl runs away, leaving her brother behind. She does everything to collect money to rescue her brother. And by everything, I mean everything.
In the present day, a body of a young woman is found in the water. Her body is in underwear, her hair has been cut off, her nails have been ripped off. Who killed her? And why she has been tortured? Nobody deserves to die that way! Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane work on the case.
Several days later, another young woman disappears. She is a possible second victim. Alex and Chloe are running out of time to find the woman alive.
With closets full of skeletons, both Alex and Chloe are trying to solve the case. It is not that easy to focus on your job when everything becomes personal. And the skeletons are trying to get out of their closets.
The Girls in the Water is a debut and the story has two main characters. Detective Alex King is older and wiser, with failed marriage behind her, and Chloe Lane is younger, a little bit naive and very impulsive, but with more weight on her shoulders than people twice her age. Their characters are very different and always seems that they have different opinions about everything. But because they are different, they complement easily and fill the gaps in another’s character. The balance is there.
I found the story interesting and creepy, with twists on every corner. I liked how the story developed and loved the unpredictable ending. It is very well written, I even can’t believe it is a debut. If you are n the search for a detective story for the summer read, look no further! The Girls in the Water is going to make you sit on the edge until the last page.
My actual rating: 4,5 / 5
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she writes crime fiction and teaches English. The Girls in the Water is her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The second book in the series will be published in late 2017.