The Girl in the Pink Shoes (Lucy Kendall series Book 1) – ARC Book Review

Title:-The Girl In the Pink Shoes

Author:- Stacy Green

Date published:- will be published on 30th January 2023

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 355 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

My baby girl. This morning she was so excited for school. I bought her new shoes last night. Pink, sparkly shoes. She loved them so much. She wore them for the first time today. And now she is gone…

It is every mother’s worst nightmare. Eight-year-old Kailey Richardson skips out of the school gates in her brand-new pink shoes and never makes it home. Between the school and the safety of her shiny red front door, someone has taken her.

Private Investigator Lucy Kendall sees the fliers of a smiling gap-toothed Kailey and knows she won’t be able to sleep until the little girl is found. Having lost her own sister to the darkest evil, she is determined to help find Kailey before it is too late.

As Lucy talks to Kailey’s friends, desperate to find out who has taken the happy little girl, she begins to form a worrying picture of the days before Kailey’s disappearance. The blue car idling in the street outside the school. The friendly man across the road. And Kailey’s mother, Jenna, hollow-eyed and jumpy, clutching Kailey’s teddy bear and not telling Lucy everything.

Lucy has promised Jenna she will do everything to find her daughter. But then she discovers Jenna has a connection to the prime suspect in Kailey’s disappearance… and one which brings Lucy’s past rushing back to haunt her. Time is running out to find Kailey, but will Lucy be able to save this innocent little girl before her own demons destroy her?

You won’t want to stop turning the pages of this unputdownable crime thriller. Fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot will be reading The Girl in the Pink Shoes late into the night.

Previously published as All Good Deeds

This is the first book of Lucy Kendall series. Having read Agent Nikki Hunt series written by the same author, I got interested in reading this series as well.

In this series, Lucy Kendall is a private investigator who used to work for child protection services in Philadelphia but quit after working for ten years when she couldn’t tolerate the amount of child abuse she had faced in her cases. Kailey Richardson is an eight-year-old girl who wore her new pink colored shoes on the day and never entered into the school building–she was abducted. Now Lucy who is tracking the pedophiles living in the area is determined to find Kailey safely before it is too late.

This series is a unique series I like how Lucy and Chris first acquainted with each other and that Lucy discovers a secret about Chris’ family background–the fact that his father was a serial killer who abducted and killed girls and is serving life sentence behind the bars. I also like how she is working with Todd, the detective who is handling the case and how his half-brother Justin was once accused of killing a girl. However, towards the end only we see that there’s a connection between those cases. I like how the author showed that connection. Also, this was fast paceed and unputdownable thriller that will keep you on the edge. and the twist at the end was completely unexpected. Overall, this book worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Stacy Green is the author of the Lucy Kendall thriller series and the Delta Crossroads mystery trilogy. ALL GOOD DEEDS (Lucy Kendall #1) won a bronze medal for mystery and thriller at the 2015 IPPY Awards. TIN GOD (Delta Crossroads #1) was runner-up for best mystery/thriller at the 2013 Kindle Book Awards.Stacy has a love of thrillers and crime fiction, and she is always looking for the next dark and twisted novel to enjoy. She started her career in journalism before becoming a stay at home mother and rediscovering her love of writing. She lives in Iowa with her husband and daughter and their three spoiled fur babies.She is currently working on a new crime fiction series and is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo, Helin and Fountain Literary Management for literary and dramatic rights.

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