The Lighthouse Girls by B.R. Spangler

I have my second book tour choice and it's a new to me author in a genre I love (mysteries).  The plot of The Lighthouse Girls by B.R. Spangler drew me in and I knew I had to request it in the hopes of approval.

Luckily for me, I did receive it and read it in two nights because I just couldn't put it down.  Only the threat of an early morning made me stop the first night.  Had it not been for a previously scheduled engagement, I would have gladly read until 3am to finish.

About The Lighthouse Girls:

The girl shivers in the boat, trying to hold back her sobs as the man silently rows them towards the lighthouse under a dark sky. She thinks desperately of her big sister, how they’d laughed just a few hours before as they rode the Ferris wheel at the funfair. Will she ever see her again?

When the body of a teenage girl is found abandoned on a beach by a lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Detective Casey White is first on the scene. Breaking the news to the heartbroken parents, Casey is distraught to learn of a second tragedy: the girl’s eight-year-old little sister Shawna is missing too.

Searching the lighthouse building, Casey soon finds traces that Shawna was kept there: her clothes, a teddy bear. Someone has been keeping her alive, but where have they taken her?

When she learns that the girls were together at a visiting funfair the night they were taken, Casey races to interview the workers, but is only met with silence and turned backs. Digging into old cases, Casey’s blood runs cold as she realises there’s been a murder in the same location as the travelling fair going back years.

Now the funfair has disappeared without trace. Thinking back to a shadowy figure she noticed by the hall of mirrors, Casey is certain when they find the fair, they will find the killer hiding in plain sight. But with the whole town terrified for their daughters, can Casey hunt them down before it’s too late for little Shawna?

My Thoughts:

I think I just might have found myself a new series to read!

If it wasn't obvious already, The Lighthouse Girls is a page turner.  The premise, with the mystery occurring right after the girls had visited a carnival, was what initially drew me in, but I definitely enjoyed the pace of the book and the mystery.  Once the connections to prior unsolved murders occur, the idea of a serial killer really had me hooked, along with wondering if the detectives would put the clues together prior to another murder. I love Casey and Jericho together and as investigators and I have a lot of questions about several of her friends, so I'm already ready to read more.

The only (small) regret I have is that this is book 6 in the series.  As much as I loved it, I really wish I had started from book 1.  Much of the background given of Detective Casey White and her relationships seems to have been plot points in other books.  I'm still definitely planning on reading them, but I think I would recommend reading these in order if you are a fan of book series.  The definite plus is that this novel is the one that drew me to the series, so I've got 5 more books to read soon.

Author Biography:

B.R. Spangler is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Mysteries and Crime Thrillers. 

A resident of Virginia with a wonderful family, including five cats, two birds and a lizard. During the day, the hours are filled with engineering work. Off hours, time is spent writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story. 

With too many stories to write, books are split across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction. 

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