The Girls in the Water (Detectives King and Lane #1) by Victoria Jenkins (2017)

The Girls in the Water (Detectives King and Lane #1)When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer.

Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls?

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★

One-Sentence Summary: Two police detectives hunt down a serial killer in Wales

Review: I am very grateful to have stumbled upon this debut crime novel on Netgalley – usually when I see a crime novel I am interested in it is number 5 – 10 – 15 in the series and I realise I have a whole backlog to get through before I can read and review the one that I saw.

The first novel in a series has the inevitable task of introducing the main characters to the reader and getting them to engage in their relationships whilst also keeping up the pace with the murder case and throwing in twists and turns. Then there is usually an overarching mystery which won’t be solved until later on in this series.

For me The Girls In The Water was a slow start case-wise and I thought Jenkins was juggling too much having Alex King trying to unravel Chloe Lane’s backstory as well as catch the serial killer as I thought Lane’s past/family drama was going to continue through to future books. Turns out Jenkins knew what she was doing though as the last third where everything started to come together was really gripping.

Jenkins has created an interesting partnership in King and Lane and I’ll definitely be tuning into the next book in the series.

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