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Perfect Girls (Detective Rachel Prince #3) by Alison James

41016063Phoebe. Tiffany. Melissa. They all made one little mistake…

When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realise it’s the mistake that will kill her…

The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later – dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?

As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.

In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?

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*Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

Perfect Girls is the third book of the Detective Rachel Prince series. And though I haven’t read the other two books, I haven’t had any trouble catching up with the story since it can very well be read as standalone. Perfect Girls is another mystery crime series with a female detective lead, Rachel Prince, with her own issues to deal with aside from the cases she’s handling. Working at National Crime Agency as an international liaison investigator, her job sent her to the US for a few days to help with the investigation of the murder of a British national– young, beautiful, popular– Phoebe Stiles. And as the police presented the evidence and eventually arrested someone, Rachel thinks that they made a mistake and she has evidence to back up her claim. But no one seems to value her opinion as they are eager to close the case. When she found another case quite similar to Phoebe’s, she is certain that the two murders are connected and there’s a possible serial killer on the lose. With limited time and resources, add to that her lack of jurisdiction, Rachel is on a mission to catch the killer before another dead perfect girl shows up.

This is a fast-paced mystery crime thriller which may not be a page-turner but nonetheless got a decent plot and execution. Told in Rachel’s perspective interspersed with some of the killer’s, aside from knowing what our heroine is up against, it also describes the MO. Rachel is a solid main character and I found myself warming to her immediately. She’s determined and won’t back down to anyone, not even to her boss. Although, there were times that I can’t help but question some of her actions. It is also not clear to me why she’s so obsessed with Phoebe’s case. Sure, she wants to find her killer, but taking a leave at your job and going to another country that’s out of your jurisdiction, not to mention spending your own money is a bit over the top. And believe me, she did spend a fortune from moving from one state to another in search for clues. Realistic? Not so much for me.

I like how the case progress and I appreciate the thorough details that go with it. It was all very interesting and would make you think twice about opening your home to a stranger, even if you’re getting money out of it. Rachel’s partner DS Mark Brickall is also a delight but unfortunately, there’s not much of him in the book. Perfect Girls has enough action, mystery, and thrill to keep me entertained until the end. I maybe wasn’t surprised with finding out who the killer is but there’s still some surprise surrounding it which is actually pretty good. A solid crime thriller overall. I wouldn’t mind reading the first two books and maybe even the fourth.

RATING:

4hearts

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