"You will fall even more in love with Detective Rachel Storme. She is probably one of the most believable and realistic characters I've read about in a long time. She is the daughter every mother would love to have. She is the co-worker everyone would want, but even more than that, she is the person everyone would hope to be. She's loving, loyal and steadfast in her beliefs that right is right and wrong is wrong. If you're looking for a good mystery with lots of twists and turns, as well as wonderfully written characters, this one is definitely for you." Vicki - The Reading Café
"Mystery lovers will enjoy figuring out what actually happened to Lauren Waters as the clues appear. This gripping, page-turner will leave you wanting another Rachel Storm mystery to enjoy." - Ruth Bridges, Literary Sisters
"Losing Lauren by Alretha Thomas is the second Detective Rachel Storme novel and it is amazing. I love a suspense story that is beautifully crafted. Alretha Thomas does not disappoint with this story. She has crafted a story that keeps you enthralled as you turn each page." - Moxxley @Platypire Reviews
"Alretha Thomas has delivered another page-turner after "Justice for Jessica". It was difficult to put the book down. Once again, I was on the edge of my seat trying to be with the two main characters and seeing and outguessing each of them as to what the outcome will be like." - Pauline Yu Wikoff
About the Author
Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming. This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s “One, Woman Two Lives,” starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences. In between plays, Alretha’s first novel, “Daughter Denied,” was launched in 2008 and in 2011, Alretha launched “Dancing Her Dreams Away.” Her third novel, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” was launched in 2012 and spawned a four-book standalone series affectionately known as the Cass & Nick Series. In 2014, Soul Mate Publishing acquired all four books. In 2014 Alretha's indie novel, "Four Ladies Only," was awarded the Jessie Redman Fauset Fiction Award. In 2016, Alretha launched the Detective Rachel Storme series. The first standalone book in the series is Justice for Jessica. Losing Lauren is Alretha's tenth novel and the second standalone book in the Detective Rachel Storme series.