The Quiet Girls by J.M. Hewitt
Publishing: November 13, 2019 by Bookouture
Previous Book in the Series: #1 – The Night Caller
The Quiet Girls by J.M. Hewitt is a psychological thriller, the second in the Detective Carrie Flynn series.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
DS Carrie Flynn lost her sister Hattie, when she was a child. Hattie was abducted, and never found. Their mother has spent the last two decades in a nursing home, not speaking, not really there. Carrie spent years in foster care. She has become a very independent woman, who doesn’t really let people in. She needs to be in control at all times, so stays away from booze and drugs. She is partnered with DC Paul Harper.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
The police have received a message from a distraught caller stating that they had provided information in the past, and nothing was done. It looks like the caller is now going to take matters into their own hands. Carrie wants to follow up, insisting that the caller is a victim, while Paul looks at the caller as a perpetrator.
Three girls enter a house and one of them is attacked by a pedophile. One of the girls, 11-year old Melanie Wilson, gets the other two girls out. Later, she ends up missing, along with her parents.
Another family, mother, father, and twin 15-year olds also go missing.
There is something about these cases that are stirring up Carrie’s memories of her missing sister. After 20 years, Carrie still aches for Hattie.
I enjoyed this second book in the series much more than the first. We got to know a lot more about Carrie, as we explored what happened to her sister. This really helps to involve the reader. I think I may have let this series go by the wayside if the author had not done this. I like how Hewitt told both Carrie’s story and the active case in alternate chapters. I do, however, believe that the tie-in between the two was a little far-fetched.
The plot was good, and it moved quickly. It is a very fast read. The characters were interesting, and as they book moved along, the strength of some increased, while others fell off. The author created survivors!
The book explores the idea of living off-the-grid, and the reasons it would or not appeal. To me….no…I have to have somewhere to charge my e-reader!
Overall, I enjoyed the book.
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Read: November, 2019
Favorite Quotes from The Quiet Girls:
“She had spent too long being quiet, she realised. A quiet girl, just like Liz, like Willow, like Melanie. Quashed into keeping quiet to placate the men.”
About The Author: Jeanette Hewitt is a British author. She has previously published two books independently. Jeanette has won numerous awards and has been nominated for even more.
I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3006698476