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Vanishing Girls

Detective Josie Quinn
Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
Series: Detective Josie Quinn, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name...

Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing 17-year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others....

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields, and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and listening long into the night once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

©2018 Lisa Regan (P)2018 Bookouture

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Very enjoyable

loved it Couldn't put it down as there was so much happening in the storyline you had to find out what was going to happen next.


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  • W. Pate
  • Glen Waverley, Victoria Australia
  • 25-09-2019

It's Just Not Believable

I know that writers have some poetic licence, but, surely, they have to make the story somewhat plausible? Banging on someones door for 15 minutes without that person not calling the police but instead inviting our heroine in, is a little beyond the pale. Out of an entire police force, only our heroine could find the one vital (tiny) clue...

In real life with the level of insubordination that was being dished out, detective Quinn should have been fired by chapter 3. In real life, she would have been fired long before that.

Then incompetence as these officers let themselves be ambushed and, as expected, the cops gun somehow manages to be useless. By this stage of the book, one could see it coming a mile off anyway.

What took detective Quinn over 60 chapters to figure out, the Police Chief seems to have done that in about a tenth of a chapter. As smart as he is, he goes to make an arrest without backup. And, you would think our heroine would have at least had the had the decency to yell out "he has a gun" - but alas, no. With all his years of experience as a police officer, he still can't hit the side of a barn with his service revolver - but, that is one of the things one could see coming.

There just were too many holes - convenient escapes, my mobile phone was dead so I couldn't call 911 (no ones phone goes dead in these days) and the list as they say, goes on and on.

However, I see that the title has made the majority of people happy, but, I hope that this does not turn in to a series.

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The Narrator ruined this for me

I felt cheated by the narrator when listening to this book. The storyline had potential however her voice was so annoying I couldn’t wait for the book to finish. So much so that I jumped ahead quite a lot just make it to the end. I felt like she was talking to me as if I was a child or patronising me. I won’t ever buy a book with her as the narrator again.

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Grating

Found the narration spoil what I thought may have been an enjoyable listen but after two attempts gave up

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  • sam
  • 11-10-2019

Another great story by Lisa Regan.

A great story which was let down by the narrator somewhat. Good expression and voices. But I've never heard a narrator mispronounce so many words... and so repeatedly it becomes a bit annoying. However, the story kept me listening. I'm a huge fan of Lisa. Since discovering her debut novel shortly after its release, I've been reading everything she's written. Love it all.

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  • Dannisa
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • 23-08-2019

Great Story

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the rest of the series. I’m only sorry I listened to book 4 first.

The narration was also very good.

The suspense was kept up throughout the whole story.

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  • D.Gettys
  • 24-12-2018

Great storyline, awful narrator

I've tried to listen to this book for days. I'm going to stick it out because I want to see how badly the bad guys lose in the end. But that narrator....I just read the other reviews so it's not just me. Frankly, she sounds like she's ignorant. Most of the pronunciations that she destroys has nothing to do with locational accents. They're plain bad English and lack of grasp for speaking it correctly.

"Ate" is pronounced "et".
"Been" is "bean".
"Anything" is "anythin".
"OB-GYN" is "objeen".
"Massage" becomes "maaaasage" with a looonng a like baaaaa goes the sheep.
"Figure" is "figger".
"Khaki" becomes "cocky".
"Estrogen" becomes "Eeeeestrgen".
"Length" is "linth".
"Tousled" is "toosled".
"Protest" is "prahtest"

So much more. Any of this by itself would pass me by. When it goes on and on, it becomes very annoying. Top it off with a lisp. Where do people speak this English?

I wrote an author once to tell her how much I loved her books but hated her narrator. She told me she had no control over the narrator. The book company who owned her audiobooks made that decision. If I were a successful author, I think I'd make sure I had some control because a bad narrator can ruin a book. This one would be doing herself a real favor.

So today I wrote Lisa Regan, author of this book about how I loved her books, but couldn't take this narrator. She responded immediately that future books will NOT be narrated by Eilidh Beaton and they have a different narrator. Good news!

The narrator is distracting from the story and that's the last thing that should happen.

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  • Amy
  • 24-10-2018

Why this narrator??!

I actually listened to the second book in this series first. This author is new to me, and I like her books so far. However, I’m not sure I can continue to listen to them. This narrator is one of the worst ones I’ve heard, and I’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks. I’m guessing she’s from another country, judging by the way she mispronounces so many words. For example, the state of Maryland was pronounced Mary-land. Estrogen was east-rogen. Record, as in “for the record” was Rec-CORD. Ugh! Those are just a few examples. I almost can’t stand to listen to her! And the way she talks makes the characters come off as very aggressive. I’ve found myself cringing multiple times while listening to her narrate. It looks like I may be reading the other books in this series. So best of luck to those who decide to listen to this story or any other in this series.

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  • Rayne
  • 11-10-2018

The story is fantastic, but the narrator ruins it

In addition to making the characters sound hostile and condescending during every single dialogue exchange, the narrator also mispronunces every other word. I did some research and discovered she is Scottish, but she (unsuccessfully) attempts an American accent in this series. I would have preferred she just read it in her normal voice, because listening to her butcher word after word is painful. She is unable to correctly say simple words like “been, “record,” and “saltine.” I recommend just reading this on kindle, because it truly is a great story.

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  • Valerie J. Dumond
  • 30-09-2018

Beware! Story would have been really good,but NOT the narrator!!

I've just started listening and I'm not sure I can finish! This narrator is AWFUL! So very distracting. I cringe every time I hear "been" pronounced as "bean"...or "eat" as "et" just as some examples. Her pronunciation of so many words are so off its almost funny. Too bad she narrates all the books in the series. I doubt I will listen to any more from this series. Before purchasing, I STRONGLY suggest you listen to the sample. Terrible terrible, and yes TERRIBLE, narration!!!!! ++++update+++++ ok...I stuck it out despite my constant eye roll for the narration, but this was actually a very good thriller/mystery. I give it 4+ stars for the story. And I will go ahead with book #2....I figure I've gotten used to the narration so I might as well persevere rather than wait and have to adjust to the narrator again :)......not sure I could! I would recommend reading the series.

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  • Davis
  • 07-10-2018

Narrator makes me cringe!!

Nasally, annoying voice, mispronounces words throughout the whole book. Her accent drove me nuts. Ruined the story. I don’t think I can continue the series if she is the narrator

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  • Eric J Valenzuela
  • 26-02-2018

I’m not sure I can finish...

I’m so distracted from the story and being able to get into it because of the narrator...she talks like an “angsty teen” and it’s hard to get past.

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  • J. Gbur
  • 20-10-2018

Awful narration

Story was good. I’ll continue with the series, but in ebook form. The narrator killed it for me though with the audiobooks. Very common words were horribly mispronounced. It was was like she was trying to do some weird accent that she didn’t really know how to do well. Made the main character hard to like.

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  • StL Reader
  • 15-08-2018

Distracting Narrator

I don’t know if smaller town Pennsylvania folks have New York accents, but in this rendition they do.

I could get past that if it weren’t for the frequent mispronunciation of words, frequent dropping of syllables altogether (o-bit-chur-ee for obituary, sanc-chur-ee for sanctuary, and more). I had to listen to one part like three times before I figured out that “esteerior” was hysteria (exterior didn’t make sense in context).

Basically, it was all incredibly distracting to the story - jarring. I won’t listen to this author again unless the narrator is different. I have listened to over a hundred books on tape/audible and this is the worst narrator I’ve come across.

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  • Denise
  • 20-11-2018

great book

loved it. looking forward to the next in the series. kept me up listening all night

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  • Donna M.
  • 25-10-2018

Narrator was lifeless

The story was good but the narrator made it so dull. Need to find a narrator with emotion

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 10-03-2019

A solid start

The characters and story are quite well constructed. Things run at a fast pace and keeps you guessing. The dialogue is the only draw back at times feeling strange, it is used to explain situations rather than well written descriptive text. Hopefully the author will develop as the series continues and move up to 5 star's, but an encouraging beginning.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-06-2018

Well written book about warped and cruel people

Thought this book was excellent. It was basically a cruel story which with skill pulls the reader into the twists and turns on a race to the crashing finish

I have to disagree with the reviewer who thought there was too much swearing .. it was little and appropriate and I have seen and heard much more on TV.

Highly recommend this book.

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  • L_McC
  • 29-03-2018

Enjoyed it

Great book but the narrator was terrible which wastes it a bit. If u can get over that though I’d recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2019

Disappointed

Weak story boring narrator but held me just enough not to return it, as it has had good reviews but I was disappointed in the end.

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  • George A Bear
  • 04-04-2019

A good read

Although this book is a good read and has a number of five star ratings, I felt the coñclusion of the book was rushed


The characters are all similar to ones we have seen before with some quirky additions.

The story is interesting, without being outstanding.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this book as I really enjoy this genre and am looking forward to book two in the series.