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Publisher's Summary

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again....

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last second.

©2018 Carla Kovach (P)2018 Bookouture

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Seriously Could Not stop listening!!!!

My only complaint is with the narrators male voice. It was pretty awful and hard for me to imagine the husbands character differ from the scumbags. Not enough of a deterrent to reconsider getting the book. If they were all this good I’d never get ANYTHING else done. Well worth the credit !

39 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Great listen!!

This was a memorable listen. So many books/audios are forgotten or left behind, but this author, in perfect harmony, keeps the story moving and holds your attention all the way through. “The Narrator” FABULOUS. Can’t wait for the their next audio.

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time or money

It was not "gripping" and it certainly did not have any twist. I listened up to the very last second hoping that there would be something to justify the time I spent listening to this but alas, still nothing happened. You know pretty much everything that happened right away so it's rather infuriating to have to listen to how constantly sick and nauseous the main character is while the detectives slowly (very slowly) discover things you already know. My reaction after finishing was "that was it?" It wasn't the worst book I've ever listened to but I wish I had used my time and money on something different.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Good story.

Good story but the characters were rather one dimensional. I didn't guess "who done it" but frankly, I didnt really care. It was just ok.

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possibly the worst book on earth

Just really, really awful. I have a read a lot of awful books, and I genuinely can't think of one that is more awful than this one. I honestly don't know what the "heart-stopping twist" even WAS. Seriously. If someone could tell me, that would be awesome. NOTHING happened in the book that could be termed a "twist." The book isn't even a MYSTERY. The reader knows all the answers from the first page and the whole book is just (a) gratuitous descriptions of everyone's suffering, and (b) incredibly frustrating monologues by dumb-as-rocks detectives--who (SPOILER ALERT) don't even solve the crime! The crime just, in the end, bubbles up and out of its setting and into their laps. The characters are not dimensional enough to be even one-dimensional. And don't even get me STARTED on the depiction of mental illness. Good lord, if you are going to write a book with a character with mental health struggles, do even one iota of research about mental health. This book, in addition to being meritless, goes far in creating and affirming stigma against people with mental health struggles. So. Thanks for that. I shouldn't have taken a break from Louise Penny. Everyone, don't bother. Read Louise Penny instead. How do these books get good reviews?!?

39 of 46 people found this review helpful

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Not my thing

I struggled to finish and didn't enjoy the voices of the narrator. Did not click with any of the characters unfortunately.

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Gina is my hero

A terrific story-wonderful characters-very well performed. I cannot wait to listen to the second in the series

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good read

it was a good book, just expected a better ending. I expected more to the actual story as well.

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Engaging from start to finish

I'll be looking forward to reading more books from this author. Every paragraph moves the story forward.

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Wordy

The descriptive parts of the book drug on and on and on. Totally killed the book for me. Toward the end I would just skip past those parts.

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  • Yvonne
  • 05-26-18

Enjoyable story

I enjoyed this story and it was well narrated. I did get a little irritated with the graphic descriptions of two characters with colds which carried on throughout the book. Frequent descriptions of noses being blown, mucus being cleared from throats, snot and sore noses did get a bit too much for me at times. It was also noticeable that several characters bit their bottom lips, ran their fingers through their hair and pressed their foreheads with some regularity. Having said that, I did enjoy the experience of listening to this and will try this author again.

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  • Emma Jones
  • 04-21-18

Brilliant!

One of the best books I’ve read this year! Can’t wait for the next one

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  • Colette
  • 06-15-18

Returning this one

I've had a run of bad luck recently with my downloads and I really wanted a book I could get my teeth into. The premise for this one sounded great and I started off with enthusiasm. Misplaced enthusiasm as it turned out. It's not well written and some of the dialogue and thoughts of the characters were very poor, very artificial and forced. It seemed to me that the author hadn't done much research into how a police investigation would be conducted and had picked it all up from watching cosy TV series.

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  • jacks
  • 05-30-18

a real gripping storey with twists and turns

excellent book well written and well read . looking forward to the next one with eagerness

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-18

Kept me hooked!

Great story, kept me hooked! The twist in the kidnapper is good! The accents of the narrators annoyed me, particularly the children.

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  • Jen
  • 07-31-18

A good listen and so much more

This story kept me mesmerised. No fillers, no distractions, just a good story to immerse myself in. I loved every minute. No annoyingly false or difficult accents to contend with. Just a very good tale. Can’t wait for the next book to arrive.

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  • netty
  • 06-01-18

Loved this

Absolutely loved this book, kept me completely gripped
I’m so Looking forward to august 2018 :)

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  • maria t mitchell
  • 05-30-18

loved it 6*

loved it 6* very good gripping well written story well done Carla, looking forward to next book ln August 2018!!

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  • KPB
  • 04-29-18

Interesting plot, but not very well written

The characters were well drawn, especially the lead DI Harte, but we felt that the story was drawn out with the thoughts of the characters repeated unnecessarily.
However, we persevered with this book as the plot had many twists and turns and overall we were pleased we did. The real test is if we would purchase the next book in the series and the answer is yes...probably.

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  • Melissa Tasker
  • 10-07-18

Great, fast paced will have you hooked instantly

Listened to it in one day as couldn't put it down! Brilliantly written and narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-18

Book club book

Overall, an enticing read. quick paced and engaging. Good for a book club and great to see strong female leads!

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  • IMEE B
  • 09-25-18

***The next girl***

A gripping, spine tingling storyline that's scared me senseless. It's heart wrenching and totally broke my heart. The writer captured the essence of evil in a person who is devoid of conscience. Detective Gina Harte and her team is relentless in her pursuit to find Debbie Jenkins while hiding a horrendous past from her own daughter. It's unputdownable, amazing a chilling in its evilness. Tamsin Kennard is magnificent in her narrative, she gave each characters their own unique voice.

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  • maree
  • 09-19-18

Wow.. Just wow!

Absolutely couldn't put this one down! Fast paced, edge if seat! Highly recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller without all the boring fillers. The plot was fantastic and I'm usually very hard to please.