This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Where the Lost Girls Go by R.J. Noonan
Series: A Laura Mori Mystery #1
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
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Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument.
When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons--more than half a dozen “lost girls” who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland--the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle?
Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core. R. J. Noonan's electrifying mystery will resonate with fans of Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson.
Laura Mori’s character is a newbie about to get a crack at her first case. She is written as competent, intelligent and a slightly naïve woman who wants to make a difference in her life and the lives of others. I enjoyed that her character is of the Japanese ethnicity. She is no wilting waif and I love protagonist diversity. Throughout the story you will also see her struggle with her feelings about her family. She loves them but they do not accept her life choices and it weighs on her. This adds an element of humanity to the character that I think is a nice touch.
This story though, is a psychological thriller. The story starts with a scene that leaves you with many questions. Sets the stage for what’s to come. There are many elements to this story and they all come in to play one after another. They will lead you down many paths. There are also a few twisted and bent characters and their activities will leave you with a sense of disgust. I like that though. If you are going to give me twisted characters make me dislike them.
The twists and turns during the story do add to the reading entertainment. For me though, it just wasn’t enough. What felt lacking was the dynamic between the family that the story has a focus on. Their behavior was so erratic and uncontrolled that there was no doubt in my mind that there was something sinister going on there. My wish would have been that the characters had been written so convincingly with a few “tells” here and there that when the reveal came my feeling would have been “no way!” That I was not sure and that I did not really see “that” coming, now that would have knocked it out of the park!
The story may not have blown me away but I also did not put it down once I started to read it. I am curious to read the next installment in this series. I am wondering where Laura’s career will go now that she has her first “win” under her belt? This series has promise and I recommend checking it out.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Crooked Lane Books for this eARC of Where the Lost Girls Go*