Book Review: The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan

The Girl With No Name

Author: Lisa Regan

Publication Date: 05 May 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction – Crime Thriller

Pages: 320

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

From the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author comes the second installment in the Detective Josie Quinn series in a race against time to find a missing newborn baby.

When Detective Josie Quinn is called to a large house on the outskirts of the small town of Denton, she’s horrified by the viciousness of the attack – smashed glass, splintered furniture and blood spattered across the floor. The owner, a single mother, is fighting for her life, and her newborn baby is missing.

A beautiful young woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she’s so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter found hidden in the house convinces her the attack, the missing child, and the nameless woman are linked to a spate of killings across the county, and Josie is faced with a heart-breaking decision…

Should she risk the life of one child to save many others? Or can she find another way to stop this killer before any more innocent lives are taken?

This was my first foray into Lisa Regan’s writing, and I can assure you that it will most definitely not be the last!

Josie Quinn is the Chief of Police in the small town of Denton. What starts off as a relaxing with her fiance abruptly ends when Josie is called into a crime scene. Josie and her partner Lieutenant Noah Farley walk into a gruesome, blood-filled scene where a young mother, who has recently given birth, was beaten within an inch of her life, and no trace of her newborn.

As the investigation ramps up, a second abduction occurs that hits close to home. At the scene of the crime, Josie captures a woman who was attempting to flee. Who was she and why was she at the scene of the crime? Even more interestingly, she claims to have no memory, but Josie isn’t so sure she’s telling the truth. Now Josie and Noah must figure out who this nameless woman and her connection to the abductions before more lives are lost.

Even though this is a character-driven police procedural, there is no shortage of action and jaw dropping twists along the way. From the beginning, I was immediately sucked into this plot and hanging off of every page. This story is dark and gritty. Every time I thought I knew where the plot was going, I was proven incorrect.

Josie is the kind of protagonist that I love to see in police procedurals. She’s both fierce and intelligent. She’s already suffered through so much in her past yet refuses to allow the outcome of those events to preclude her ability to solve the current investigation. Her entire team respects and supports her. She refuses to be intimidated by those in power.

Overall, this is a truly addictive police procedural, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next Josie Quinn installment.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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