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“Dea Poirier delivers a pitch-perfect procedural with a strong-willed and relatable lead in Claire Calderwood—a big-city cop who returns to her small hometown when a fresh homicide echoes the long-ago murder of her sister. Bolstered by a romance and atmospheric prose that turns setting into character, this debut hits all the right notes.” —Loreth Anne White, international bestselling author
“In Dea Poirier’s exceptional debut, Claire Calderwood is a detective in Detroit who is relieved to have miles and years between herself and her hometown of Vinalhaven, Maine. This is an evocative debut with exquisite writing that indulges your senses and compels your investment in Calderwood’s emotional journey as she races against time to solve a case that has haunted her for more than a decade. Calderwood is a worthy addition to the genre. Her spirit, like Poirier’s voice, is tenacious and captivating, compelling the reader’s investment in her journey, and Calderwood is determined to hold her own against her male counterparts.” —Sandra Ruttan, author of Suspicious Circumstances
“Next Girl to Die is a smart, fast-paced, and intensely well-written procedural thriller, and it takes place in one of the best settings I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time: a lonely island off the coast of Maine. The island has more secrets than residents, with each character more ominously suspicious than the last. Poirier is a diabolical plotter, and this tight debut is fraught with tension and mystery.” —Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle
About the Author
Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp with her son.
- ASIN : B07GDGR46Y
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (May 1, 2019)
- Publication date : May 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2594 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,103 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Otherwise, a good suspense novel.
I think the most compelling part of the book though, lies in the untangling of the lives and lies of the families in the small town. There is something cathartic about realizing that not everyone is deranged enough to go around killing people, but they are deeply flawed people with secrets of their own. Of course, at least one is just that deranged.
This is a really exciting debut, and I can't wait to see what comes next for Claire and the swoon-worthy Noah.
By Matt Poole on May 8, 2019
Not to mention how incompetent Claire is as a detective, two stars is being generous
I haven’t read this genre for a while, so it was nice to swim outside my normal waters for a bit.
I want to give spoilers, so bad, but I won’t. I need to find someone online whose read NGTD as well so that we can compare notes.
I loved all of the misdirection. Neither of the suspects that I had narrowed it down to were correct.
I did struggle with not picturing the main character as the author, for a while. Lol. The disadvantage of following someone on social media before reading their work. Ok one spoiler...there are surprisingly no Godzilla references to be found in this novel.
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I assumed Claire was going back to her island to assist with a case and that was it, yet then there's mention made of shipping furniture out to her rental home and then having her car brought over, too. She describes her island and what's going on but at no point makes reference to it snowing there until a body is found.......in snow !! That just seemed really peculiar to me. A guy had a boat pinched from his dock and Claire's thought processes involved going through the reasons this may have happened....."There has to be a trigger. He may not remember it now, but some event precipitated this".......it was a boat, not his first-born !!!
I spotted one mistake which is why it merits an additional star, she wrote gravely and not gravelly (and that's pretty good going) and the cover is a lovely one.
I may be being too harsh and not illustrating very well what I didn't like about this book but I guess that's why I am not an author, only a reader !
I was perhaps most surprised/disappointed at several pages of graphic sex, why was this necessary? I feel it shows a lack of confidence by the author in her lead character and plot. Good crime thrillers are based on character and plot development not salacious, unnecessary sex scenes. Shame, has potential but off the mark
I felt that the characters that had been created lacked personality and there were too many inconsistencies in the plot which kept on changing direction from one paragraph to the next without any explanation whatsoever.
It’s always very sad to reach the end of a book and breath a sigh of relief that I have finished it so I can move on to something else. I suppose I could have put it down and never finished it, but there was something in the storyline that just kept me interested enough to want to get to the end, and that I suppose is this book’s saving grace – but I doubt that I will be rushing to purchase the next in the series.
Claire, the main character, has her flaws too. Most that she is fully aware of, some which start to come to the surface in this story. Because she's revisiting her past, and she has a history that she's hidden for too long, one that comes to haunt her as it has haunted others in the island community where she grew up and where she has now returned, drawn by her job as a detective and because she desperately needs to right a wrong turn she took in her childhood.
There's so much pain in this book it hurts, at times, to read it. Disjointed and dysfunctional families, and the close knit relationships that hide so much behind doors, you can feel the anguish as you turn the pages. And yet, amongst all this, there is the determination to succeed at all costs and, just as you think no-one can be trusted, the story is lit up by unexpected love.
If I have a criticism, and it is only a small one, it is that the ending scenes are too rushed. Much as I can see the author wanted to hurry the action along, a little more detail on the violent attack, the escape and takedown would have made me 'see' the action more clearly in my mind's eye. This is also true of the description of the scenery and weather - there's not quite enough detail for me to fully picture it.
But put those criticisms aside and you've got the beginnings of what looks like a brilliant detective series and a flawed heroine that you're going to want to follow to the end, wherever she is going. A must read.