Review- The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn #2)

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn #2)
By: Lisa Regan
Release Date: April 19th, 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Series: Detective Josie Quinn

Okay I’m back and so is Josie Quinn. And frankly, I’m sure at this point Josie Quinn wouldn’t like me either.

Still, she remains a bad ass detective determined to doing the right thing like saving people, helping them get justice and ending corruption in her town. Is she still a catty woman, unable to let go of the past and someone that drinks way too much? Yes. Do I still dislike that about her? You bet.

Once again, my dislike of Josie didn’t stop me from pushing on with the series. The stories themselves are so compelling and I still give Regan the credit of creating a character not everyone will love and sticking with her. We don’t get a new revamped Josie Quinn because readers don’t like her. We get the same Josie Quinn, sharp minded and sharp tongued. And for that, for sticking by the persona she created, Regan has earned my respect.

With this installment in the series we see Josie looking into a stolen baby and a brutal attack on the mother. Josie’s pure determination to find the child and bring those responsible to justice does make me like her a little bit. For about a minute. Then when she is catty and cruel all over again I’m immediately over it and back to wanting Josie to solve the case so I can move on and stop dealing with her attitude.

I can say with almost absolute certainty that it is only Regan’s skill that keeps me reading at this point. Even I, a reader who must finish a series I start, has a line in the sand about when to give up on a character or series. So while I give up on Josie at times I don’t give up on the series so I will continue on with these books because the amazingly thought out plot and complex characters keep me coming back. The tension and pacing is an undeniable siren call to me and, as is the case with siren calls, it doesn’t lead me to a place that is necessarily good for me (i.e. cursing Josie every few seconds or doubting the plausibility of what she gets away with at times) but is appealing nonetheless (hello plot twists!)

Really, if you read book one, the same reasons you read and finished that book are the reasons you should read book number two. The continued complexities of the small town should be enough to bring you back in.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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