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Next Girl to Die

(The Calderwood Cases #1)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,459 ratings  ·  454 reviews

Solving the case will avenge her sister—unless the killer finds her first.

It’s been fifteen years since Claire Calderwood’s sister, Rachel, was brutally murdered in their small hometown in Maine. Claire has finally carved out a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit, but the past comes calling when the local police back home ask for her help with a murder

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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Laura Nope. I'm assuming either the mother was ashamed or maybe it was too painful and she didn't want to know. I found the ending a bit rushed, several plo…moreNope. I'm assuming either the mother was ashamed or maybe it was too painful and she didn't want to know. I found the ending a bit rushed, several plot points could have been explained better(less)
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Michelle
This is a really disappointing review to write. I had high hopes for a new series that I could get into and unfortunately, I am not going to be writing a positive review.

Claire Calderwood is a detective in Detroit who ran away from her small town past. Her older sister, Rachel was found dead when they were teens and the killer never found. She is called back to her tiny island to help investigate a new murder - the body found in the same place as Claire's sister. We follow Claire as she tries t
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Felicia Grossman
I adored Next Girl to Die. The book was totally heart-pounding. I had to finish it, to know what happened. I was totally invested in the Claire and the case. I thought the collision of past and present was really well-down. I never doubted the logic of the case or the story.

What was really special about the book was how well the setting, the small island and town was drawn. I loved the mythology and family histories and culture that the author created. All the little bits which explained each c
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Elesha
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a couple different times during it's creation. Dea has put together a twisty mystery with a main character who never recovered from the disappearance of her sister. Now back in the town where it all happened, Claire is overwhelmed by memories and the need to solve the most recent deaths that are similar to her sister's--if she can stay alive. Throw in a little romance with a sexy investigative reporter, and this book will keep you reading.
Sarah
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that I was so engrossed in, I had to keep the Kindle next to me throughout the day to snag every few minutes I could! I was actually angry when pulled away from it! And it was so unpredictable, I had no fewer than 4 competing theories at any given moment. At 94% through, I thought I had it all figured out, and I was wrong!

I think the most compelling part of the book though, lies in the untangling of the lives and lies of the families in the small town. There is someth
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Dan
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping psychological thriller, Dea Poirier's debut introduces us to Detective Claire Claderwood, the prodigal daughter of Vinalhaven, returning to town when the local police need her help investigating the murder of a young woman. Claire has her own sense of guilt and dark memories to combat, even as the death toll climbs.

Poirier's prose is terse and suspenseful, capturing the paradoxical claustrophobia of small-town island life. With no shortage of suspects, I was kept guessing about the k
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Sarah Goethem
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way. Packed with a creepy island atmosphere, small town history, a strong but scarred main character, and a romance, this murder mystery kept me guessing every step of the way. Everyone was a suspect. I loved the way the past and the present were weaved together. The prose is simple and the pace is fast.
Could not put this down, read it in 24 hours.
Julia Phillips
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced thriller + main character who's a strong woman + setting on a creepy island community. What's not to love?
Wayward Readers (Tarrah Marie)
An invoking and well thought out thriller. Dea Poirier takes her time to narrate an elaborate setting and plot that tells her readers a story opposed to delivering a quick adrenaline rush. As the story unwinds, Poirier develops each character with this subtle dark underpinning that leaves a sense of impending mystery surrounding everyone in the novel. The main character has been perfectly crafted for a premier novel in the series. Poirier has given enough contextual material for the reader to co ...more
Noelle Brighton
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite writing! Ms. Poirer created a masterful suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat and introduced me to characters that I fell in love with. I savored the story, wanting it to last, but near the end the pages were turning faster and faster as the climax approached. The ending was cathartic in more ways than one. This is one of those books that you want to read slowly because you just don't want the story to end but at the same time, you can't put it down! Highly recommend!
Yawatta Hosby
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
***Thank you NetGalley for giving me a ARC to give honest review***

I loved this murder mystery. There were so many red herrings that I didn’t guess the correct serial killer until the very end. The suspense had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The author did great with character’s voice. I felt so bad for Claire losing her older sister that I wanted to give her a hug.

The author was also great with setting and description. I’ve never stepped foot in Maine, but I could picture every spot vividly
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
Based on the book description, I thought this book would be right up my alley. It sounded great, but unfortunately for me it was written in 1st POV and present tense. This is my absolute least favorite writing style. For other readers, this may not be a stumbling block, but for me it was huge. It made it hard to get into the story-line and I found myself constantly putting the book down.

With it being in 1st POV, the other characters felt flat and undeveloped and I wanted to know more about them
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Lynda Kelly
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: deleted
This was my Kindle First monthly choice and it was a tough choice this month for me. However, I think I selected the wrong one......I read as far as page 47 in this but then gave up on it. Yet it's really hard to describe what I don't like about it. The writing seems oddly juvenile to me, like it was written by someone very young or for a younger audience than me.....lines like "Another death in this park makes my skin crawl, and a bad feeling makes my stomach roil." Maybe it's just me as writin ...more
Sarah
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that I was so engrossed in, I had to keep the Kindle next to me throughout the day to snag every few minutes I could! I was actually angry when pulled away from it! And it was so unpredictable, I had no fewer than 4 competing theories at any given moment. At 94% through, I thought I had it all figured out, and I was wrong!

I think the most compelling part of the book though, lies in the untangling of the lives and lies of the families in the small town. There is someth
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Wendy Heard
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE NEXT GIRL TO DIE is a smart, fast-paced, and intensely well-written procedural thriller, and it takes place in one of the best settings I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time: a lonely island off the coast of Maine. The island has more secrets than residents, with each character more ominously suspicious than the last. Poirier is a diabolical plotter, and this tight debut is fraught with tension and mystery.
Yna the Mood Reader
At some point, as you get older, you stop counting things— how many times you’ve been on an airplane, driven across the country , or solved a murder. No matter how many murders I solve, it won’t fix me.


📚 Series:  Yes. First books of The Calderwood Cases.
📚 Genre: Murder Mystery.
📚 POV:  First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: Not really, but it comes with hints of the next case.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Murder, with graphic descriptions. Threats. Fire. Dealing with death of a family member.
⚠ Read if:
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Avid Reader
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Next Girl to Die (The Calderwood Cases #1) by Dea Poirier
5 stars
M/F Thriller
Triggers: Murder, Kidnapping
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Claire is from a small town where her sister was brutally murdered. When a new murder is committed that is eerily like her sisters, Claire is called back to her island, small town to help solve the case.

Noah is a reporter who knows far more about these cases and wants to help. I found his character almost endearing because of how much
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Daniela Petrova
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great detective mystery with a strong woman protagonist. Packed with twists and turns, it kept me turning the pages until the killer was finally revealed at the end. Detective Calderwood is a very compelling character and her personal connection to the murders made the stakes that much higher and the story more poignant. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Rebecca Oberholtzer
This book kept me on edge the entire read. This is my kind of mystery. Girls keep dying, who is doing it???? Mix in a little romance and family dysfunction, makes for a great book. I would definitely be recommending this and can't wait to ready a sequel!
Michelle
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed

Well written with just the right amount of descriptive detail and a great story Line about a female detective having to go back to her roots to solve murders of young girls with a bit out romance thrown in.
Jen
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chilling, heart pounding, head scratching, and fabulous! The mystery has me stumped and the ending had me on the edge of my seat! While there were some holes in the story and I had issues with some of the dialogue, this was a great first book and I’m excited to read more in the series!
Kimberly
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting first book of a new series. I love detective stories when the main character has their own personal reasons for wanting to solve the case. The past moves to the present and it shows that secrets don’t remain buried for long.
Andrea Copley
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is exactly the type of police procedural I love to read...and I was not disappointed! Next Girl to Die was filled with suspense from beginning to end. I enjoyed the book and will look forward to additional stories in the series.

The book follows Detective Claire Calderwood as she returns to her hometown in Maine. Her sister was brutally murdered fifteen years before, and now a similar murder has been committed. There was some lack of details fleshed out about Claire's return home--inclu
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Cindy
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bones for this book were good. Strong, likable heroine, a good mystery with suspense and a sick and twisted killer. But it was lacking in flesh. For me it bordered on being choppy. It lacked fleshed out details between one scene to another. One minute she is a homicide detective in Detroit and the next she is on a ferry returning home after 15 years to help local police. No mention of did she quit her job or take a leave a absence – we the reader were just left of out what happened in betwee ...more
Lyn
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, suspense
My thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review, and to NetGalley for facilitating.

I read this book in two sittings. It would have been one, but it was two in the morning and I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. When a book pulls me in and keeps me reading like that, I'm a happy girl. Now, the reasons why.

The characters and plot gripped me, but the questions presented at the outset demanded answers. The author doles out bits of information little
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Judi
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series and first read of this author. I really enjoyed this one, lots of action and keeps you guessing what is going on!

Detective Claire Calderwood is returning home at the request of the local police force. They have two girls that were missing and now found dead and they are hoping for Claires help. She has been working in Detroit on the homicide department and they need her help in this one, as 15 years ago, Claire's sister, Rachel was a victim also..They think these mu
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Jenn Brouwer
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank You to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed and like-able, the story line was solid and suspenseful and it held my attention start to finish. We follow Claire through her journey through her past in reliving that fateful night her sister died and her present trying to catch a killer whose methods match those of her sisters killer. The only complaints i have is that i found the story a little slow pace
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Eva Seyler
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I definitely didn’t just stay up until 2am to finish this, nope, not me... *shifty eyes* SO good. So creeptastic.
Rebecca Lyman
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I think I ended up requesting this book mostly based on the cover (which looks great). I don't usually love novels about a cop who is working to solve a crime, particularly one that is looking to set up for a series all about that same cop. So I did like this book and enjoyed it, but it wasn't quite right for me - I'm just not interested in this particular style of novel. Claire as a character wasn't my favorite ei
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Jeanette Porcaro
This nail biting thriller is everything you would ever want in a murder mystery. It grabs you in and keeps you guessing until the end. I have never read any of Dea’s work but after reading this novel I am going to have to start! The touch of a steamy romance wasn’t bad either. This was easily a 5 star novel and is one of my favorite thrillers thus far for 2019. If you are a murder mystery enthusiast like I am then pick up this book when it comes out in May!

Thank you Thomas&Mercer for letting me
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Sarah
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Claire back to her hometown when a serial killer emerges who might be tied to her sister's death 15 years ago. This felt like a book with a great marketing campaign where the readers who loved it maybe haven't read books in the genre that are truly good. The writing was pretty underdeveloped, the romance was preposterous, and the mystery had no depth to it.
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Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp.

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