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Next Girl to Die

The Calderwood Cases, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Solving the case will avenge her sister - unless the killer finds her first.

It’s been fifteen years since Claire Calderwood’s sister, Rachel, was brutally murdered in their small hometown in Maine. Claire has finally carved out a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit, but the past comes calling when the local police back home ask for her help with a murder eerily similar to Rachel’s.

Still haunted by Rachel’s cold case, Claire returns home, hoping to solve the crime and finally put her grief to rest. As she starts investigating, the last thing she needs is tenacious journalist Noah Washington asking questions she’s not ready to answer. But like her, Noah won’t give up until he finds the truth - and Claire reluctantly finds herself relying on him more and more when disturbing new details about Rachel’s death come to light.

When the killer strikes once again, Claire knows he’s not done. Now he’s set his sights on Claire, who will have to find the courage she needs to survive a deadly confrontation years in the making.

©2019 Dea Poirier. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I loved this book.

loved this book it kept me interested from start to finish. I havent read anything from this author before but I cant wait for the next book in the series to come out. it's very worth the book credit.

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  • danielle
  • robbins, tn, United States
  • 05-01-19

Maybe not for me

The story is ok, but if you like authentic police procedurals this will likely drive you nuts. I couldn’t find one thing to like about the heroine or her love interest. it wasn’t a terrible book, some parts were enjoyable.

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  • TinaG
  • INDIAN ORCHARD, MA
  • 06-18-19

It takes a strong woman!

I thought this was a great book, maybe its because I'm partial to books with strong lead woman characters. I like stories that have alot of suspects, leave you wondering up to the end. Although I did have it figured near the end. But your quessing for awhile. Lauren Ezzo did a great job reading/Performing this story. I did enjoy it. The main character had alot of inner struggles while trying to do her job, who to trust, even her own Mother.

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Not for me

This would be great for first time readers, BUT just not believable for seasoned crime readers. A homicide detective from Detroit does not just pack up and move back to her small town 'cause the police there can not solve ONE murder. It gets worse from there!

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this is indeed a thriller

loved this book. it did not make me bored at any point. I didn't want to stop listening

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If you can stand the performance the story is great

Boy this production was less than stellar. The lady had so much histrionics and just over-the-top whiny, urgent, and on the edge difficult to listen to voice. However if you can get through that the story is excellent.

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Suspense with relief

This book had great suspense and I loved that the main detective was a women. But there was also enough relief throughout the book that would calm your nerves a little bit. Overall, I really enjoyed this and cannot wait for the next one of the series to come out.

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Breathy detective story

The narrator does her best with a very predictable and breathlessly written tale. Think Danielle Steele crossed with Broadchurch with a bit of soft core thrown in and no real twists. Only finished it in the vain hope it would surprise me. It didn’t.

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Great Book

The narrator was very good. She kept me interested chapter after chapter. Can't wait to start the next book.

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Good Story Line, Prose Needs Work

There's "an edge" to everyone's voice and emotions are built "brick by brock" over and over again. Oh, amd some conversations happen twice for no good reason. The story was intriguing enough that I stuck with it but the writing needs some good editing-- it's redundant in several places. I definitely won't buy another in this series until that gets cleaned up. And, the narrator has one only two or three voices- two female and one male...not great.

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 05-09-19

A reasonable 1st book

The story is OK not stand out. The real downfall of the book was the over enthusiasm of the narrator, it at time detracts from the story. The characters are new so are not fully developed but unlike the majority of this jenre the female protagonist is not immature which is a nice change.

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 06-18-19

Please do not buy - use the library

This book simply did not hang together at all.
l found the reader overplayed the reading which was a major distraction