The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves was a Net Galley read. The book will be published by Ballantine on January 12, 2016.
Sarah Graves is a favorite author, I adore her Home Repair is Homicide series immensely. This is not a book in that series and a definite departure from the cozy mystery genre. This title is a definite thriller with a very different feel than the cozy series and is the second in the series.
Lizzie Snow is a transplanted homicide detective from Boston who relocated to a small northern Maine town of Bearkill to search for her missing niece. What transpires is a psychological mystery that has many twists and turns that I didn’t find predictable. Set in an unseasonably warm Maine winter with forest fires raging, a teenager goes missing and her mother is unreasonably reluctant to tell Lizzie everything that might possibly find and save her child. Into that mix, add an escaped mental patient, a woman experiencing a mental collapse, and possible sightings of Lizzie’s long lost niece. The result is a page turner that will keep you reading long past your bed time.
A solid four stars out of five stars. The book was excellent with strong well developed characters and interesting plot twists.