The Next Girl by Carla Kovach ~ Blog Tour 4-3-18 @bookouture @CKovachAuthor

You thought he’d come to save you. You were wrong. How can someone vanish without a single trace?

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her for the 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… 

A Woman’s Worst Nightmare!! No woman would ever imagine that walking home from work one evening would be the last time she ever did! Debbie, loving wife and mother of 2, worked some extra hours that night.  It was a rainy evening and she had to walk home.  After being offered a ride home from someone she has seen before, she quickly says thank you but no thank you…but “he” doesn’t take no for an answer.

Debbie has been missing for four years.  Told from alternating perspectives, this story was so gripping.  Reading Debbie’s POV was enough to make any person’s stomach turn. Kovach did such a great job painting the picture of the squalid conditions that Debbie was forced to live under that I really felt like I was there.  I think I caught myself a couple of times holding my nose and feeling the heebie jeebies up and down my neck when this disgusting man came into the room.  Most disturbingly, this very thing has happened to woman in our world and it is the most frightening thing to imagine.

As the story progresses, Luke (Debbie’s husband), has reluctantly given up hope that Debbie will ever be found alive again.  He feels outrageous guilt for wanting to move forward with a nice girl that he met.  JUST when he begins having feelings for Brooke, he gets word of an abandoned baby being found outside the local library. But what does this baby have to do with Luke? How is this baby girl connected to Debbie? Luke’s life will never be the same!

I absolutely loved this story and how it was written.  The story flowed in a fast paced manner and kept me guessing what the outcome would be until the very end.  It was so hard not to feel utter disgust for this sicko man, pure heartache for Luke and his family, and crushing fear for Debbie.  Carla Kovach definitely gained a new fan and I definitely look forward to reading more of her work!

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, The Next Girl, has been published by Bookouture. It is the first in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

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