Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan – Detective Josie Quinn #3
When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.
Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago.
A girl named Belinda Rose…
Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?
Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.
As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?
I have read the two previous novels in the Detective Josie Quinn series. But I am absolutely blown away by this latest edition. This novel focuses heavily on Josie who she is and what shaped the woman she is today. Her childhood makes for horrifying reading, it is the stuff of nightmares. The discovery of human remains at a local trailer park has a direct link to Josie’s past. It will come to shake the very foundations of her being.
In the opening scenes we are reunited with Harris Quinn (6 months old). He is the child born to Josie’s ex-husband and mistress Misty. Josie has found herself almost as best friend and support system for Misty and knowing their troubled history, it is quite touching to see.
Josie is also dealing with personal harassment, a series of craigslist adverts, have her the butt of a serious of malicious and bizarre phone calls.
Is this a prank? Or something much more sinister?
Josie as Chief of Denton police attend the crime scene at Moss Green trailer park. A place she knows all to well from her own horrific childhood. Dr Feist is at the scene with the skeletal remains. He estimates the remains to be 16-19yrs of age and notes they are wearing 1980s attire. He also notes an unusual finding of hyperdontia (supernumerary teeth). Who is this girl? Can the police force track her down?
The present-day narrative has alternate chapters with Josie’s own childhood. We become aware her mother frequently abuses alcohol and drugs. She is vicious in her treatment of Josie and Josie’s only one place of sanctuary is her Gram’s house.
When the human remains are identified as Belinda Rose. This throws up more questions than answers. For that is the name and date of birth Josie’s estranged mother has been using, all of Josie’s life.
So, who killed Belinda Rose? And why did Josie’s mother steal her identity?
The novel is fast-paced and intense. The chapters regarding Josie’s own childhood are raw and painful. The present-day mystery becomes more and more complex with every turn of the page. The novel builds and builds to one hell of an ending! 5*
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