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Vanishing Girls

(Detective Josie Quinn #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  12,350 ratings  ·  907 reviews
She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the
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Published January 17th 2018 by Bookouture
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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**3.5 STARS**

Detective Josie Quinn is your archetypal kickass female protagonist, and she's one seriously messed up individual.

A teenage girl has gone missing, and though Josie is currently suspended from duty for use of excessive force, she decides to carry out her own enquiries into the missing girl and discovers that there's much more to this case than initially thought.

As seems to be the norm these days, our female lead has personal demons - she uses alcohol as a crutch to lay to rest her t
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 BIG Stars!!!!

Lisa Regan is quickly becoming a Master at writing gritty mystery/thriller/police procedural books. I also like that she writes strong female characters who aren't afraid to kick some butt! This book is gritty, but it needs to be as the plot is dealing with murder, rape, etc. Having worked in forensics for years, I tend to be very critical of portrayals criminals/serial killers/rapists, etc. ...and Regan NAILS it.

Josie Quinn is a police officer on suspension and is currently havi
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

Gritty thriller about a small town in Pennsylvania where women are vanishing without a trace.

Detective Josie Quinn is the star of this book. While the plot at times was a little formulaic and over-the-top, Josie’s character is what makes Vanishing Girls a worthy read.

Josie’s life is falling apart. On suspension for using excessive force, she turns to alcohol to help pass the day and keep the demons from her past at bay. Unable to stop doing what she loves best, being a detective,
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5, I love me a kick-ass, strong AF female lead stars!!!

Detective Josie Quinn doesn't take lip from anyone. Policing the small town of Denton, Pennsylvania may seem like a sleepy job for an officer but there's more to this town than meets the eye. Quinn has been suspended from her job for a past incident when a young girl, Isabelle Coleman shows up missing. At first this seems like a pretty regular missing person's case - but Josie, unable to let go of the job or her lingering feelings that som
Susanne  Strong
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

A girl goes missing in the small town of Denton, Pennsylvania and Detective Josie Quinn knows that the police investigation is being mishandled - the problem? Josie was suspended from the Department and can’t do anything about it - except for conducting an investigation on her own, that is.

Josie, however needs help. Her only allies are her soon to be ex-husband (and Detective), Ray, and her fiance Luke, who is a “Statie” - neither likes the other, and neither wants Josie investigating o
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Hot Diggity Dang!! I just need to say WOW, Lisa Regan is amazing! She spend an afternoon with us answers our questions about her Detective Josie Quinn Series. She gave us so much insight into this series and one of my favorite characters Josie! I love this series even more!! I could really feel her passion for her characters, her story and for her readers!

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Vanishing Girls is the start of one of my favourite series
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2017
4.25 gritty stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

This is the first book in this new series from Lisa Regan and it was definitely a fabulous start to the series....

Josie is a detective (currently on suspension) in a small rural town in Pennsylvania....Josie is a likable character with some demons of her own.... you can definitely see the potential for some major growth in this character throughout the series, as well as her relationship with Luke.... Luke I don’t really have a handle on quite yet, although he seems quit
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been a fan of Lisa Regan’s ‘Claire Fletcher’ series, and was delighted at the release of a new series by this author.

Book one starts out with a massive bang!
Josie, her marriage disintegrated and her career on hold from a suspension, finds herself in the middle of not one but two murder scenes. For tough as nails Josie, taking a step back for personal problems is not an option, even though she’s risking everything!
As young women keep disappearing, Josie takes it upon herself to inve
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Well.. here we go again about being the minority in my books. The premise of the storyline was fantastic and appealed to my obsession for thrillers.

Josie Quinn is on suspension for something that happened in a previous case she was handling. Chief Harris refuses to let Josie come back to work despite being short staffed and having girls go missing left and right. I was a tad disappointed since this is nothing new in a detective novel... the main character is always on suspension for something a
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She only went outside if her mother, father or sister were out there. For a long time he disappeared. She stopped sensing him, stopped hearing him. She almost believed that he had gone back to wherever it was he came from. Maybe she had conjured him after all.

Then one day her sister was hanging clothes on the line while she flitted to the other side of the yard, chasing the yellow monarch butterflies that proliferated on top of the mountain. A white sheet fluttered on the clothesline,
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

This was an action-packed crime thriller that follows Detective Josie Quinn on her journey to uncover hidden truths and secrets surrounding the disappearance of several local women. Quinn is on a work suspension when the novel starts, but she just can’t seem to stay away from her police departments’ investigations.

I love Lisa Regan’s “Claire Fletcher” series so I was excited to start this new series. Unfortunately, this book fell short for a few reasons. I wasn’t a fan of the main chara
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The blurb for this book cited this as a good choice for fans of Angela Marsons and that’s all I needed to start reading it. When the story starts, Josie Quinn is on suspension for excessive force. When her boss refuses to bring her back when a teenager goes missing, she basically launches her own investigation.

Josie is one messed up lady. She’s got problems with her job, her almost ex-husband and alcohol. Her childhood was a horror story. And she seems to be in the middle of every bad scene hap
VANISHING GIRLS by LISA REGAN (Detective Josie Quinn #1) is a gritty, dark, and tense police procedural that grabbed my attention quickly and had me totally invested throughout this whole story.

LISA REGAN delivers another well-written, action-packed, and an angst driven story here that starts off a little slow but quickly becomes a thrilling, entertaining and exciting read.  I found the storyline to be rather interesting and I enjoyed following along with Josie as she investigates the disappear
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 gritty stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

This is the first book in this new series from Lisa Regan and it was definitely a fabulous start to the series....

Josie is a detective (currently on suspension) in a small rural town in Pennsylvania....Josie is a likable character with some demons of her own.... you can definitely see the potential for some major growth in this character throughout the series, as well as her relationship with Luke.... Luke I don’t really have a handle on quite yet, although he seems quit
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan is the first book in the new crime thriller Detective Josie Quinn series. The lead character Josie is a police detective that is on the outs and suspended when a huge case is going on and is not the type to sit on the sidelines waiting for the call to come back to work.

From the opening chapter the action takes off as Josie finds a simple stop turning into a life and death situation as bullets begin to fly. This leads Josie to despite her suspension decide to start i
Sarah Joint
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A dark and twisted story featuring a strong female protagonist with little regard for the rules. It keeps your attention and has some great twists towards the end. What took me out of the story a little was how completely unrealistic some parts were. In the real world, I seriously doubt Josie would still have a job or any colleagues left that still liked her. Details about those plot points would be considered spoilers, so I'll just say I'd recommend some suspension of disbelief for this story. ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
Lisa Regan is an author to watch she is amazing at writing gritty police procedural thrillers that you wont stop reading from beginning to the very end. I loved this book Josie Quinn was written perfectly the author showing a strong willed no nonsense character that also had a weak side to her as well, the premise outstanding & the ending was 100 miles an hour never letting up.

josie Quinn is a police officer with Denton P.D she is having problems with her marriage signing divorce papers & having
Vanishing girls by Lisa Regan is the first book in the detective Joise Quinn series and I can't wait to read the others .
I found it a little slow to begin with as I felt I missed something,but once over that little blip it was a great thrilling police thriller .
If you want a oh my god nooo and edge of your seat with a pinch pulse racing then I recommend this book.
I read this as a start of a travelling friends binge read and I'm glad I did 😘
Angela Marsons
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me gets that I really like a strong, female kickass main character and that's exactly what I got in Josie Quinn. I warmed to Josie even before I found out the reason for her current suspension. I wanted to follow her from the opening of the book. She's gritty and real and passionate as girls start disappearing in her home town of Denton and Josie will not rest until she finds out what is going on. I loved the interspersed chapters from the POV of the kidnapped girls and was part ...more

Detective Josie Quinn was frustrated at being shut out of the investigation into the missing girl. She had been suspended for misconduct – and of course she knew they were right – but being unable to work the case when she had so many thoughts and clues to follow, was driving her crazy. Of course, Josie being Josie meant her own private investigation would follow…

Almost being killed by a runaway car, in which one of the badly wounded passengers turned out to be someone she knew sent Josie i
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Lisa Regan is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I have loved the last 3 books of hers that I have read.

This is the start of a new series about a very strong female detective. Josie Quinn is currently suspended but that does not stop her from getting involved when girls are going missing in her close knit town. This is a very fast paced read that leaves you wanting more from Josie.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book to read and review.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I finally read my first book by Lisa Regan! Vanishing Girls is the first in a series about detective Josie Quinn. In this installment, she’s searching for a killer in her small town.

Sometimes first installments can be overdone with details to set things up, but that was not the case here. Instead, tension and intrigue were present from the start, just how I like my thriller/procedurals. I’m looking forward to reading more books from this series and from Lisa Regan.

I received a complimentary cop
Louise Wilson
Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen year old. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they did not know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive, it's clear the girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. The race ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free electronic copy of Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1) by Lisa Regan from Netgalley for my honest review. A great and gripping thriller. This story takes place in the small town of Denton, TX where a young 17 year old girl goes missing. Detective Josie Quinn, who is on paid suspension can't sit still and decides to do her own investigating into the girls disappearance. The more she investigates, the more she finds herself in trouble and realized that her sweet town has a ...more
 Li'l Owl
Thrilling and unputdownable! I read it in one sitting!

There was a man in the woods, she was sure of it. For as long she could remember, the woods had been her own special kingdom, teeming with plant and wildlife, the perfect setting for all the stories her imagination could conjure. A peaceful oasis away from her mother’s hardened gaze and her father’s disdain.
She often felt him there: a presence, like a force field, pressing up against her little empire. As she moved through the forest, she hea
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in a new series never fails to be exciting for me - especially when I get to the end and am disappointed that I don't have the next one at hand. Such is the case here, and I'm already hoping the author is well into the writing of book No. 2.

The star of this show is Josie Quinn, a detective with the Denton, Pa., police who's been put on leave following allegations of use of excessive force (where she lives is of some relevance to me since in about 15 minutes we can be in the Keyst
DJ Sakata
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Denton was roughly twenty -five square miles, many of those miles spanning the untamed mountains of central Pennsylvania with their one-lane winding roads, dense woods and rural residences spread out like carelessly thrown confetti.

We can keep arguing about this… but you’re never going to be right.

Whatever. Or is it whatevs? I heard Mrs. Sole’s great-granddaughter in here the other day and she said, ‘whatevs’. Is that the new thing? Young people are too lazy to even finish sayin
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable discovery. In reviews I have seen comparisons to Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni. I would like to add another ... Robert Bryndza. The main character reminded me of Erika Foster in some ways.

Josie Quinn is a detective in the small central Pennsylvania town of Denton. She has been suspended from duty due to an excessive force charge. She is separated from her husband Ray, a fellow detective in the Denton police department. She is engaged to Luke, a state police officer, even thou
Melanie (mells_view)
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
When 17 year old Isabelle Coleman goes missing from the small town of Denton, and unusual seemingly unrelated crimes start happening left and right, Josie Quinn makes it her personal mission to find the missing girl by connecting the blurry dots. She may be currently suspended from her role as detective for a recent excessive force incident, but she’s not letting that stop her. Against the wishes of her ex-husband, and her boss, she investigates the vanishing as a civilian. Figuring out things t ...more
Ashley Daviau
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came right out of left field and totally surprised me in the best way possible! I was instantly hooked right from page one and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what could possibly happen next. This book is compulsively readable, once you start you won’t want to stop! There are so many twists and turns and crazy reveals, some of them literally had my jaw dropping. This is one thriller you absolutely don’t want to miss!
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Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers’ Association, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadel ...more

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