Published by Ballantine Books on February 25th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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THE FIRST BODY IS A MYSTERY. She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Kat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. THE NEXT BODY IS A WARNING. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets. The police are sceptical. The mayor won't listen. And Kat's chief suspect is one of the town's most prominent citizens. THE FINAL BODY . . . MIGHT BE HERS. With the death toll rising, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who is closer than she ever dreamt. And every move she makes could be her very last.
In the abridge the author explains that this is a transitional book from the romance genre to the criminal one. Published originally in 1994, Girl Missing has been updated for a modern audience. Having not read the original book I cannot comment on the effectiveness of the changes.
While there are strong elements of romance in this novel, there is still plenty of mystery and suspense. While the mystery was simple (think Nancy Drew style), there were plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing. Like Kat the reader became unsure of who was responsible and who was untrustworthy.
The one thing that really irritated me in this book is that Kat’s house get’s blown up and the reaction to this event is minimal. Instead the story moves swiftly forward…
Girl Missing was the first Gerritsen book I have read; and I am looking forward to reading more books by the author. Overall a good book but not one that means you have to stay up late to finish the story.
Note: *Previously published as Peggy Sue Got Murdered*