Blog Tour Review, The First Girl 

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The First Girl
Jennifer Chase

354 pages
published December 19, 2023

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About the book

The cold night breeze slams the barn door shut with a sickening crash. The girl curled in the corner wakes with a start. Her gold butterfly necklace catches the pale moonlight as she clutches it tight, thinking of her family. Will she ever escape? Or is his the last face she’ll ever see?

Detective Katie Scott stares in horror at what she and her service dog Cisco have discovered: seven shallow graves, the bodies of young women each wrapped carefully in a blanket and buried in makeshift coffins. Miles of abandoned farmland stretch out from the treeline behind her. Has Katie uncovered the horrifying graveyard of a monster who has been stealing Pine Valley’s daughters for years?

Katie quickly identifies one of the victims as Abigail Andrews, a beautiful young woman who disappeared fifteen years ago. Katie is heartbroken that she’ll have to tell Abigail’s mother her darling girl is gone.

When Katie is ambushed working late at the scene, fired upon by an unknown assailant, she knows she must be close to finding the killer. But the shooter vanishes into thin air. And when a new young woman is taken, dark haired and dark eyed like the others, Katie realizes her time is running out. Can she stay alive long enough to track down this twisted murderer before another young life is stolen too soon?

An absolutely jaw-dropping crime thriller for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. You’ll be up all night glued to the pages with this totally pulse-pounding read from USA Today and Amazon bestseller Jennifer Chase!

My Review

I so love this series and was so excited when I saw there was info about Chad in this one.  To clarify, Chad is Detective Kate Scott’s fiancé that went missing with little clue earlier in the series.  It is an ongoing storyline on the personal side of things for our main character.  This book can be read as a stand alone.  The author does a good job of catching you up on what you need to know.  It’s just I was so hooked on her fiancé disappearing so long ago, and I’ve been not so patiently waiting to see if there would ever be any more of it.  For those familiar with the storyline, I won’t mention what, but you definitely need to pick this one up.

But on to the main storyline.  While investigating a cold case, things become personal for Kate as she has a feeling someone is watching her, someone tries to run her off the road and shoots at her and McGaven.  I love her dog Cisco, though he plays only a small part in this one.  I am such a fan of this series, but was especially impressed with this one as it really was complex with a lot of moving parts that fit really well in the big picture.  I really like McGaven in this one as you get to see a little of his backstory and his heart.  The two of them are a great team.

I was swept into this fast paced installment and finished reading it in a day.  More than once I was surprised at the twists.

I was drawn into the case of this missing girl and the farm in addition to Kate and Chad.  To me this series is always a reliable great read.

About the author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

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