#allthebookreviews – The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins

Another Bookouture title for the #allthebookreviews duo!

THE GIRLS IN THE WATER by Victoria Jenkins (released earlier this month!) is book one in a new crime series.

‘The first one had been an accident. He had never intended to kill her. But as he looked down at her body, he knew there would be a next one…’  Will Detectives King and Lane be able to stop this serial killer?

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Detective Alex King and her new recruit, Chloe Lane, are on the case of a killer who leaves his victims in bodies of water.  These victims seem to share a sordid past and as the clues start to come together, Chloe realizes her past is catching up with her.  Her poor choices in her past life and her obsession with proving that her father killed her brother, puts her life in danger.  But can her and Alex find the killer before more are killed?

Bookouture really can do no wrong in the thrillers they present to their readers.  This particular book, first in a series, starts off at a moderate pace as Jenkins introduces her characters.  There is great character development here – we see Alex in her career and trying to balance her complicated relationship with her ex husband and CHloe trying to keep her past hidden while having to confront it and find some closure in her brother’s death.   With some twists and turns like all Bookouture thrillers are known for, you’re in for quite a ride.  A debut novel that doesn’t let you down.  Can’t wait to see what else Alex and Chloe gets into!

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

When Bookouture comes out with another thriller, and one with this line to the start the synopsis: “The first one had been an accident. He had never intended to kill her. But as he looked down at her body, he knew there would be a next one…” how could I not read this one? This was a fantastic debut for Victoria Jenkins, THE GIRLS IN THE WATER is a great thriller will have you turning the pages.

Detective Alex King and her new recruit, Chloe Lane, are called to a crime scene – the body of Lola Evans is found in the river of a local park. Now the pair of female detectives must track down the killer. A few days later a second body turns up, and under similar circumstances. They’re all found in water – a river, lake, etc. and the connection is made that all of these women were apart of the same support group.

As Alex and Chloe are racing to find clues and catch the killer, Chloe’s personal life begins to interfere. She comes across her brother’s cold case file and begins to dig back into his murder. She quickly finds out that these are secrets someone would kill to keep hidden.

I thought this was a solid debut thriller! Bookouture hasn’t let me down yet! While the murders seem like they would be center stage in this book, Chloe’s backstory and her brother’s cold case begin to emerge as the focus. There was definitely a twist thrown in at the end that I wasn’t expecting!

I look forward to seeing how Alex and Chloe develop in coming novels!

 

A solid start to a new crime series with two strong female detectives in the lead! I’m excited to see where Jenkins will take their stories.

–Jess

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  1. Absolutely agree with the review. I recently reviewed it on my own blog. This is a thrilling start to a new series and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Chloe and Alex!

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