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The Next Girl

(Detective Gina Harte #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,094 ratings  ·  350 reviews
She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the b
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Published April 2nd 2018 by Bookouture
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Bold Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well, this was absolutely a wonderful start to this new series.... I might need to rethink my entire I don’t necessarily always like police procedurals thing... because the last few I have really enjoyed.... maybe I like them better when they take place in the UK? so I should modify it to I don’t always necessarily enjoy police procedurals unless they take place in the UK....

This series focuses on Gina Hart a detective somewhere in the UK.... i’m sure the exact setting of this b
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Next Girl by Carla Kovach is the first book in the new Detective Gina Harte police procedural thriller series. The book starts like many others with a prologue in which a man picks up a prostitute and things escalate to the man murdering the woman.

As the story begins though time has jumped four years to when a baby is found abandoned obviously having just been born. The police get a call shortly after the infant was found begging them to do a DNA test on the baby and with no other leads the
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'When you smile, you make me the happiest man alive. Make me happy and I make you happy. Do you trust me?' She nodded.
'Good. Breakfast will be served in a minute.' He pulled the door closed as he continued to whistle. She listened as he took the plates from the cupboard and slammed them onto the countertop. He then turned the portable television on and she heard the sound of a morning news show. As he turned up the volume, the cries she'd suppressed burst out. Sobbing, she clenched the
Sarah Joint
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying start to a promising new series! This book focuses on a lot of different people. Not only the detectives working a missing person case, but the missing woman and the family that's been left without her for the past four years. There's lots of names to remember, especially the detectives... but our main focus is Detective Inspector Gina Harte, who is a very well-developed character and incredibly easy to root for. Recent books have no shortage of flawed female detectives, but en ...more
Louise Wilson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Gina Harte - Book 1.

Deborah Jenkins sets off for her short walk home, but she does not make it home that night. She is never seen again.

Four years later, a baby girl is found abandoned on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to ren a DNA test on the baby. The baby belongs to Deborah! She's still alive! Detective Gina Harte and her colleagues begin to investigate where could be and what happened to her. This is a roller coaster ride with plenty of twists and turns. I hav
Mandy White
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Another great female detective series! This is book one of what I hope will be a long series of books featuring Detective Gina Harte and her team.

4 years ago Deborah Jenkins disappeared on her way home from work never to be seen again. When a baby is found abandoned in the doorway of a library and a DNA test confirms that Deborah is the mother the investigation into her disappearance is re opened.

I really enjoyed this book. Gina Harte is a great character, not without her flaws and demons. Her r
Krystin Rachel
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This was pretty enjoyable, I have to say. For a debut in a series it hit mostly all the right notes. But at the same time, it was missing aspects that I look for to really make a procedural more than just the typical.

The story boils down to an abandoned baby, a woman who’s been missing for four years (who is the mother of that baby,) and one seasoned, but borderline PTSD, detective on the case.

You hear all of that and you think, yes gimme! It sounds like the perfect reci
Angela Marsons
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have just finished this book and absolutely loved it. I am a sucker for a strong, kick ass female main character and Gina Harte does not disappoint. I was drawn into this story from the beginning when a baby is abandoned and is found to have the DNA of a woman missing for 4 years. I enjoyed following all the different viewpoints in the story which kept it fresh, interesting and moving forward. I particularly felt for the husband of the missing woman and his struggle to come to terms with develop ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The Next Girl is the first in the Detective Gina Harte series and she is a character I can’t wait to read about again. I liked everything about her, including her relationship (of sorts) with her superior. She is a slightly damaged character, and I warmed to her very quickly. I felt sorry for her in how she was treated by her daughter, who I felt needed a good slap more than once in this story for the way she spoke to her mother. She’s a competent detective who is written in a believable way, an ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! What a ride this book was! I expected a routine police procedural but I got so much more in this book. It was everything the blurb said and more!

A newborn was left on the doorstep of the library on a cold, rainy December night and DNA testing showed the child to be Debbie’s daughter. Debbie who was presumed missing since the past 4 years. This lit a fire in DI Gina and her gang, and then it was a race against time to find and save Debbie.

An exciting fast-paced thriller by Carla Kovach, th
Alex ♈
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging written detective story.
Old school storyline development, not overloaded with OTT techno tools and not packed with never ending action, but methodically solved suspense.

The author made the victim/the abducted woman to one of her main characters - it gave the suspense more depth. Her story was heart-breaking.

The book wasn't heavy on sex, but emotional relationship.
There were 2 romantic connections: the victim and her husband; and the main heroine, detective Gina and her superior, Brig
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: release-2018
“She’d thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.”

Loved this book — a NEW female detective series! 😍
I was biting my nails as the story unraveled.. a longtime missing mother, an abandoned baby girl.. OK WOW.. what a fresh take on police procedural novels! A great story, recommending 4.5 ☆

I had to sneak in this for #4in48readathon 🤚🏻
Stacey Camp
Carla Kovach's The Next Girl is a nail-biting thriller that is the first in Kovach's new female-led detective series.

Deborah Jenkins works late nights at the local pub to make ends meet for her children and husband. Not a fan of driving, Deborah takes the local bus home every evening after her night shift ends.

Someone is taking note of her behavior, observing her every move.

One particularly miserable, blustery night, a man approaches her and offers her a ride home. Though her feet are numb from
Kat Dietrich
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Next Girl by Carla Kovach is the 1st in the Gina Harte series. This one had me from the get-go.

My Synopsis:
DI Gina Harte and her team, consisting of DS Jacob Driscoll, DC Harry O’Connor and DC Paula Wyre, are called when a newborn baby is found on the doorstep of the library. The baby is barely alive, but now safe. The rush is now on to find the mother.

Four years ago, Deborah Jenkins went missing. Her husband Luke, with the help of her mother, has been raising their two young children, but
What an awesome read! I finished this toward evening and I’m so wound up I can’t sleep. The Next Girl is book #1 of The DI Gina Harte series and my first Carla Kovach read. The story takes place in Worcestershire England. Deborah Jenkins, a married mother of two, went missing four years ago with only one of her shoes left on the street. Her husband is struggling to survive without her and thinks he should just move on with his life. But one night an abandoned baby is found and a mysterious call ...more
OMG! This book had me on the edge of my seat. The first chapter or so I was a little bit unsure of who was who as there was a lot going on all at once. But it all came together soon enough. And I was actually surprised when the killer was revealed. Lately I've been in a kind of "mystery/thriller slump" where I suss everything out before the big reveal. This is my first book by Carla Kovach and I am thrilled that The Next Girl is part of a new series. Thanks NetGalley! I am so grateful that I cam ...more
Audrey Gibson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb I knew I had to read this book and I was not disappointed. What a brilliant story this is. I can't wait to read more by this author
Kelly Young
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 I LOVED this book!

One of my favorite things about reading psychological thrillers is when reading a book literally feels like riding a rollercoaster at an amusement park. Your pulse quickens, heart starts pounding and there is an overwhelming feeling of anticipation as the roller coaster continues to climb towards the top. Finally you reach the top, stop- and next thing you know you are being thrust forward quickly, and then you are speeding along the twists, turns, curves and loops. You h
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A newborn baby is found abandoned on the steps of the local library. An anonymous tip leads investigators to run a DNA test on the baby but the results are shocking. The baby’s mother is Deborah Jenkins, who disappeared on her way home from work four years ago. She’s still alive but where is she? Is she in danger? And who made that anonymous phone call? Time is running out!

The Next Girl is the first instalment in a new series featuring Detective Gina Harte. Gina’s had a troublesome but intriguin
Apr 06, 2018 added it
"The world wasn't a good place. It wasn't all roses, cake, parties and nice things. It was a dark place, a place that she'd yet to fathom."

DI Gina Harte is looking for a missing woman, Deborah Jenkins, who vanished on the way home from work 4 years ago. Deborah's husband, Luke, and their two children were moving on with the help of Deborah's mother, Cathy, until an abandoned baby shows up -- and is purported to be the daughter of Deborah. She's still alive! The squad goes all out to look over pa
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Really Boring Read

This book was not suspenseful or gripping in the least! It’s one thing if an author focuses on details to build great characters or to develop the plot, but it’s a completely different thing when an author throws in everything and the kitchen sink just to try to bulk up a book to try to give it more pages and distract a reader. This book dragged on for no reason what so ever. There were so many unnecessary aspects and pieces that should have been edited out of this book, it was
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ou thought he’d come to save you. You were wrong. How can someone vanish without a single trace?
Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her for the short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again…

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive…
THE NEXT GIRL is the first crime thriller novel in the Detective Gina Harte Series, by author Carla Kovach. The story is set in Worcestershire England.

The 3 books in the series include:
The Next Girl (Book 1)
Her Final Hour (Book 2)
Her Pretty Bones (Book 3)

In The Next Girl, Deborah Jenkins, never makes it home… a married mother of two. She went missing four years ago and her husband, Luke is finding it difficult to move on with his life with no resolution. But then one night an abandoned baby is f
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a great start to a series! I was hooked from the beginning and I loved Detective Gina Harte! This book kept me wanting to read more and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The bouncing new people and years didn't bother me in this book. Some books this is very distracting to me but not here. I think it was needed and added a different element to this book. I really liked this book and can't books for book 2. *I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.*
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Debbie Jenkins disappeared four years ago while on her way home from work. She was never seen or heard from again. She left behind a husband and children who never forgot her. Everyone thought she was more than likely dead. Imagine everyone’s surprise when a newborn is found by the library steps and a DNA match proves that Debbie is the mother. What happened to Debbie and why would she abandon her own baby?

THE NEXT GIRL is the first book in the Detective Gina Harte series. Right from the start I
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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What a gripping, tense start to a new detective series which looks set to be a new favourite! Although it focuses on Detective Gina Harte, the book didn't feel like your average crime novel - though a lot of it fits the 'police procedural' format (which, I should point out, I am a big fan of, so nothing to complain about there), a good portion of the story also takes place from the victim's point of view and from that of missing person Deborah Jenkins' husband
Kristi Elizabeth
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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This is one of those stories that could really happen and to tell you the truth, it scared me to death. A baby is found on the steps of a library and brought to the hospital where they run a DNA test. The test shows that the baby is related to missing woman Debbie Jenkins, a woman who is married with two children and who has been missing for four years. What happened to Debbie? And who is the father of the baby? The premise behind t
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist.

That's the tagline The Next Girl boasts on its cover. Let me assure you there is absolutely no truth to it. Nothing about The Next Girl is gripping. It's downright boring. For the first 80% of the book, nothing happens. The police go interview someone who can give them no clues; they eat baked goods every day; they request forensics assistance but are met with gripes about the cost. DI Harte visits Luke, the husband left behind, wherein he cr
Paula Sealey
A solid and enjoyable police procedural that introduces us to Detective Gina Harte.

Called on to investigate when a baby is found abandoned outside a library, Harte is shocked to discover that the little girl belongs to a wife and mother who disappeared 4 years ago. As she begins to re-investigate the case, demons from her own past resurface and she has to battle those and race to solve the investigation before it becomes too late.

The story kept my interest throughout and I found it easy to acqua
nadine sedat
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Absolutely horrible! !!!!! Beyond disappointed.

If I could give 0 stars, I would. I read all the other 5* reviews and I was do excited about this book and it was literally one of the most boring books I have ever read. The story itself is great but so poorly written, I've fallen asleep so many times and had to force myself to finish it , it's not even funny ! I'm beyond disappointed. I have no idea how ANYONE could be raving about this book, when it just kept dragging on and on about Luke kept s
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Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama 'Flame,' psychological thriller 'To Let,' crime thriller 'Whispers Beneath the Pines, and romantic comedy 'Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.' Carla also writes stage and screen plays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area.

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