Blog Tour Review, Face Her Fear 

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Face Her Fear 
Lisa Regan

385 pages
Bookouture
published January 30, 2024

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About the book

Blood roars in Josie’s ears as they circle the tree in the deep snow. A woman lies still on the freezing ground. The howling wind lifts the last of the snow clinging to her face, exposing her lovely features, frozen in forever sleep.

Detective Josie Quinn is still recovering from the killing of a beloved member of her team when she and her husband Noah receive yet more devastating news. Close to her breaking point, Josie heads to a specialist trauma retreat,set in an isolated group of log cabins in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But fear is not far behind her. Josie’s five fellow patients all seem to be hiding secrets darker than just the problems that brought them there and a storm is gathering, with thick snow coming down fast, isolating the cabins from the world below.

Then one morning, Meg Cleary disappears. Having spent years living in terror of a stalker, Meg had come to the retreat to try to piece her life back together. But now, her cabin is empty, no logs are burning in her fireplace, no tracks in the snow lead to or from her door. Quickly organizing a search, Josie’s worst fear is realized when she finds Meg’s body lying in the snow, the marks around her neck revealing that her death was no accident.

And this is no normal case, as Josie is stranded without her team, a phone signal or any legal authority to investigate. When she discovers that someone has placed hidden cameras inside the retreat buildings, Josie’s terror grows with the knowledge that the murderer is among them.

Then another patient goes missing. With their food supplies running low and no chance of escape, Josie knows that she is in the greatest danger of her life, and that she alone has a chance to identify the killer and save the rest of the group before it’s too late…

A totally compelling and unputdownable crime thriller that will have you turning the pages late into the night, from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

My Review

Oh my.  This book!  By now you know I love police procedurals and adore this series.  This is book 19 and you would think things might be getting a little stale and ordinary, but this book!  I love Noah and I love the team, but this book centered mostly around Josie, her demons and the struggles she’s faced.  It’s terrific!  What a great twist to spice things up.

Josie is still struggling with Mettner’s death and what happened at end of the last book.  Her and Noah are having a moment, so she goes to a retreat to work on herself and her PTSD.  And of course things aren’t smooth.  Now this is very Josie centric, but Noah plays a small part and Josie texts with Gretchen to get some details on the people at the retreat with her, so I got a little about the team.  That being one of the things I usually love about the series.  How they work so well together.  But this one is a deep dive into where Josie is personally this far into the series.  A little more about what makes her tick and what makes her question things.  How she functions and learning to cope.

Of course there is a death and a storm that prevents the police from investigating, so Josie Quinn, detective, does come out and play a little.  But so very much has happened in her life, the series and the last few books and this gives her a moment to work on herself. This is one of my favorites of the series (but I probably say that with all of them).

There is eventually a fast paced conclusion, but this one starts out a little slower than the other books because there is new cast of characters to meet.  And when one of them is found murdered in a locked room sort of way (the storm), Josie tries to work out who in their group might be danger to the rest.  She is not official but she does investigate.  Some.

This was such a nice change and there are hints at what’s to come for the team and Josie and Noah.  All the stars from me on this one.

 

Author Bio:

Lisa Regan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series. Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S. with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

 

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