Monday, June 26, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Taken Girls


Music from the busy dancefloor echoes into the deserted room where the Prom Queen lies deadly still. A tiara rests on her soft blonde curls, but her face is frozen with fear, and her painted red lips are forever sealed shut in a silenced scream…

Detective Amanda Steele’s niece, Ava, begs her to look for a missing schoolfriend, she immediately agrees to take on the case. Eighteen-year-old Reese left home three nights ago after fighting with her mother and hasn’t been seen since. But when the teenager’s body is discovered brutally murdered, poised dramatically at the prom venue, Amanda is devastated she didn’t save the girl in time.

Haunted by the scene, Amanda dives headfirst into the case. Chasing every lead, she is horrified when she discovers a potential key witness strangled in her own home. It soon becomes clear that the killer will stop at nothing to silence anyone who might reveal their identity. So when Ava mentions she saw someone acting strangely at the prom venue that night, Amanda’s heart stops.

And when Amanda’s worst nightmare comes true, and her beloved niece is taken, she knows that every second counts to uncover this twisted killer’s identity and bring Ava home safely
. But can she crack the secrets of this killer’s deadly game before it’s too late?

A completely pulse-pounding and unputdownable crime thriller, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

Title:   Taken Girls
Author:   Carolyn Arnold
Series:   Detective Amanda Steele Book #8
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:   Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   324
Date of Publication:   June  20, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

When a teenage girl named Reese goes missing, Detective Amanda Steelers niece Ava pleads with her to find her friend. Things at Reese’s home got heated between her and her mother and Reese left after a fight and it has now been three days. Sadly, Reese’s body has been discovered and Amanda is determined to find justice for Reese. 

Amanda is at sixes and sevens with this case, especially when Ava pressures Amanda to dig deeper, especially as she felt that Amanda should have made a bigger effort initially. Sadly, Reese is not the only victim. 

Amanda and her partner Trent work hard when it comes to this case, and with this story involving teenagers it packed quite a punch! It was nerve wracking, well-written and utterly compelling. This series just keeps getting better and better and I look forward to book nine. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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