Her Mother's Grave by Lisa Regan
My rating: 5 Stars
Chief of Police Josie Quinn is called to the case of a body found in the woods by two boys. Imagine her shock when she discovers the remains belonged to a teen girl named Belinda Rose. Belinda Rose is her mother's name. No small coincidence, for sure. In short order, Josie's mother becomes the prime suspect in the decades old murder. Meanwhile, Josie is being harassed, seemingly by someone who is extremely tech-savvy, and, at the very least, ruthless. Her team consists of Noah Fraley and Gretchen Palmer. They are dedicated to the case at hand, and to Josie herself.
The story vacillates between current events and Josie's young past as a tragically abused child. The accounts were quite chilling each time they came up. This is a past that Josie has spent years trying to bury, now it is bringing up all sorts of horrifying memories. Yet she must, at the very least, oversee the search for her mother. Meanwhile, it appears that all she holds dear just might be taken away from her. For her safety, Josie accepts Noah's offer to stay with him.
While reading this utterly captivating story, things began to click into place for me as to the harassment and regarding the murder. Well, at least I thought they did. I felt as if I was on Josie's team while vying for clues. What an exciting story! I almost couldn't put this book down. It kept me up deep into the night and woke me up first thing in the morning. I wish I had read the first two books in this series, as I would have gotten to know Josie a bit better, but coming in with this book told me all about Josie and the incredibly hard childhood she led. She is one tough cookie and is now one of my favorite female detectives. To achieve her levels of success after going through what she did makes her a true heroine.
Her Mother's Grave never took a break as the pacing was exceptional, with a hair-splitting conclusion causing me to hold my breath. And, despite such an incredibly biting conclusion, the story left me with hope and has me fervently excited about the next in this stunning series. I checked the publication schedule, and, if things run as they have, I shouldn't have but a few months' wait for the next book. How exciting! I will be reading the first two books in the series in very short order. Lisa Regan, you have a new fan.
Many thanks to Bookoture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.