The young woman lying on the forest floor looks like she’s dreaming; her brown hair fanning out into a crown around her head, her hands clasped over her breast. She could be sleeping—if it weren’t for the brutal slash across her neck…
It’s autumn in Oakhurst when Detective Jo Fournier rushes to local beauty spot, Crone Ridge Woods, desperately hoping to find Madison Coehlo alive. Instead, she discovers the pregnant woman’s pale and lifeless body, killed in the spot where she loved to walk her dog. Madison looked after her sick mother and studied at community college, who could have wished her harm?
Madison’s mother is utterly broken by her brutal murder, but she cannot give Jo any insight into the tiny doll pushed into her daughter’s hand. Supposed to bring luck to whoever finds one, is it a coincidence or a warning from the killer? When Jo gets another frantic emergency call, she rushes to the scene, determined to catch this cruel monster before he can steal more innocent lives. Her heart pounds when she finds another identical plastic doll.
As the local community panics, Jo and her team work round the clock to keep other pregnant women safe. The call logs of the murdered expectant mothers give Jo the clue she desperately needs, but her heart splits in two when she realizes another woman is in danger. Can Jo get to her first, or is the killer pulling them both into a deadly trap?
From USA Today bestseller M.M. Chouinard, Little Lost Dolls is a keep-you-up-all-night utterly gripping crime thriller with a truly jaw-dropping twist! Fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Gregg Olsen will be completely addicted.
Author: M. M. Chouinard
Series: Detective Jo Fournier #7
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 345
Date of Publication: May 4, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
When a friend in a small group of four misses a shopping trip, the others know something must be seriously wrong. For one thing, the young pregnant woman would not go missing on her own. Her friends know it and her mother knows it. Detective Joe Fournier and her partner Arnett know that something is wrong and what they find proves to be very disturbing.
Jo found out about the missing woman by means of another pregnant woman. That woman is Chelsea, the pregnant ex-mistress of Jo’s brother-in-law David. Jo is torn by her now necessary contact with Chelsea, but her concern for what has happened to the missing woman who has now been found dead is something that she cannot ignore. The manner of death was brutal. And Jo soon learns that this is only the beginning.
Sadly, there is yet another pregnant woman murdered, part of that original group of four. Jo and Arnett soon find that they have different avenues to explore as to the possible motive for the murders and really hope to prevent any more murders from taking place.
This captivating seventh book in the exciting Detective Jo Fournier series was full of drama and intrigue. This one-sitting read captured my attention from beginning to end. Despite this book having my rapt attention throughout, I could not guess the killer until the very end. Now, my ever-so-impatient wait for book eight begins.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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