The Next GirlCarla Kovach

The Next Girl

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The Next Girl by Carla Kovach Book Summary


You thought he’d come to save you. You were wrong.

‘Absolutely the best thriller I’ve read this year!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I absolutely, totally and utterly LOVED reading The Next Girl… has to be one of my top reads of 2018.' Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘Oh my goodness! This was gripping and fast moving from page one.’ Southern and Sassy Wine Lady, 5 stars

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...

THE GRIPPING THRILLER EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you will absolutely love this. A completely unputdownable page-turner with an ending that will blow your mind.

**Each Gina Harte book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

‘Boy oh boy… I absolutely blinking well LOVED it.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘Just wow!... FANTASTIC... I just had to keep reading.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars
‘I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow wow! Excellent book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG... gripping... I have goosebumps.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I am in love with this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Brilliant!... Exceptional... Thrilling... superb.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars
‘A fantastic book!!!!! OMG so much suspense.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I found this book unputdownable!!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was hooked from the start right to the last page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book! Chilling, disturbing and gripping!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘DI Gina Harte is my new heroine!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I like to give honest reviews. If I don't like a book I will say I don't like it... So here goes my review of The Next Girl.... without a doubt this is a fantastic book!!!!! OMG... This book literally I was not able to put down it kept me captivated from the first chapter. Who left the baby on the library steps? and why? How is this baby connected to missing person Deborah Jenkins?... YOU will HAVE to read to find out!... There is nothing that I didn't like about this book. SO much suspense that kept you flipping through the pages to the end! Read today you will not be disappointed!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The Next Girl (Carla Kovach) Book Reviews

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Edge of my seat good!Enjoyed reading this edge of my seat read. The premise is superb, and the interaction with the characters and the emotion is brilliant..Score: 5/5

Gripping and ExcitingThis book was gripping and exciting. I had a hard time putting it down..Score: 5/5

BffrHow has no one made a review about the author doing zero proof reading? the amount of misspelling and incorrect grammar in this book is kind of horrifying, and i only made it to the 4th page..Score: 3/5

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Eh ok bookWhy were all the characters so snotty and coughing through out the whole book?! Very distracting and had nothing to do with the narrative!.Score: 3/5

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Gripping!Fast paced, hooks you immediately!.Score: 5/5

I wowRead this quickly. Very good!.Score: 5/5

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Enjoyed!!!!!My Review: Loved, loved and more loved!!!!! What a great start to a wonderful series. This is not my first rodeo with this author and it certainly won’t be my last. I do have to admit though that I have been a bad girl and have been reading this series out of order. I know that’s not how it’s supposed to go. I started with the newer books first and now I’m going backwards getting to the older ones last. Each book can be read and very much enjoyed as a stand alone. I do want to say though that I am loving catching up with all the characters from the very beginning of their journey. It’s nice seeing the growth of every character as each book passes. Also, it’s nice to see how certain relationships first got started. I can’t wait to read more of this author and series. It’s one of my favorites. In conclusion, the plot, the characters and all the twists in this book made this book an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.Score: 5/5

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Very good bookI have been trying to start reading more and the description drew me in. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

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BEST book I’ve read in AGESMy heart pumped and hands trembled constantly. Couldn’t put it down. The ONLY reason I’m not immediately starting the next volume is because I need a little breather after this bad boy. (Trigger warning if you’re an abuse surviver. Parts were difficult to read.).Score: 5/5

The Next GirlA very gripping book. Well written..Score: 5/5

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Great readWasn’t expecting to enjoy this book, but was captivated by the story and how well Kovach was able to imagine the characters and scenes. A real page turner for sure!.Score: 5/5

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The Next GirlI enjoyed reading this story. Held my interest and was hoping for a happy ending. Have to find out for yourself!.Score: 5/5

The Next Girl by Carla KovachWOW‼️. If you love nail biting, page-turning thrillers full of twists & turns you’ll absolutely love Carla Kovach’s novel, The Next Girl‼️. Her characters are so believable - the good & the bad ones. DI Gina Harte & her team are a likable lot as are the missing woman’s family! Get your copy & Start reading today! Carol R. Florida USA.Score: 5/5

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Nice bookLove it. But things are really going too fast….Score: 4/5

Great story plotI think this was a really great story idea but the writing was subpar and disappointing! The author skimped on details......this is a thriller.....we need character development...we need to know why the villain killed......yes we know he was an only child of a doting mother but that explains none of his behavior.....did mum abuse or neglect him? Did he have any moments of epiphany in childhood or was he just a sociopath???? The writing left much to be desired.Score: 3/5

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Good plot repetitive writingMeh. i read to the end because i wanted to know if Gina would tell Hannah the truth. the writing was repetitive and the book could’ve been a short story without all the snotty noses, copious tears, and boring dialogue.Score: 2/5

Nail bitting and amazing!I could not and did not want to put this book down! The story is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. Very well written. I highly suggest this book if you like crime thrillers!.Score: 5/5

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Not a fanDidn’t really enjoy this one unfortunately. Found it quite boring, lots of unnecessary detail, and very simplistic plot line..Score: 2/5

Great suspense storyAn abandoned baby requires police to revisit a 4yr old cold case about Deborah who vanished one night. DI Gina boldly leads the case with a particular personal interest in domestic violence against women. Story told through Deborah and Gina’s POV. Great suspense story..Score: 4/5

Good read!A story that keeps you turning pages to the end, can't wait to read the next ones!.Score: 5/5

Good MysteryThe book was interesting and kept me intrigued. There was good character development and the pacing worked well I did not think this novel had many thriller aspects and I felt that the ending\reveal was a let down. However, still a good read..Score: 3/5

Very goodThe only thing not to like is you end up unable to put it down, so be prepared for a late night..Score: 5/5

Despair, angst and visually intimidating. I couldn’t put the book down.Poor Deborah. I could feel each emotion through every character’s part. This book had me crying at the end. Loved this book. Can’t wait to read the next one..Score: 5/5

The Next GirlAbsolutely loved this book ! Can’t wait to read about Gina again soon.Score: 5/5

Great BookIt’s the first book in a while which gripped me in a “can’t put it down” way. Recommend the read!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down, a real page turner!!Very well written with a strong, realistice, relatable female lead. So many layers and intriguing twists and turns. A great read, looking forward to starting the next one..Score: 5/5

Utterly compellingI couldn’t stop reading until I finished a headache and lack of sleep were worth it.Score: 5/5

The next girlGripping, couldn’t put it down. Thanks so much to the author..Score: 5/5

CaptivatingLoved the journey.Score: 4/5

The next girlExcellent!.Score: 5/5

Gripping story but ending floppedGreat mystery novel and really compelling but right at the end there’s no real reason for the kidnapping. The killer is apprehended but there was no reason for the initial kidnapping..Score: 3/5

Don’t waste your $.99So much potential for a great story! The story line is so good but sadly disappointed with 90% of this book.Writing and dialog - boring, predictable with no depth. One star is being generous!.Score: 1/5

Really cool bookI enjoyed this book. The suspense was well structured and rose dramatically as the end of the book loomed. Thought it was really good and can’t wait until the next book comes out..Score: 5/5

Dr TExcellent read - my wife and I both Loved it !!!.Score: 5/5

Would burn it but it’s an ebookTruly awfully written. What twist? I kept reading hoping for a return on my time but got nothing..Score: 1/5

Not my cup of tea100 pages in and no idea what is going on, maybe it all comes together but 7 chapters is a generous try! Each chapter changes stories and characters..Score: 2/5

The type of book you can't put down."The Next Girl" is a great book, that draws you in from the first page. Learning Gina's history is good, and it's written in such a way as to not overshadow the main plot. My only gripe would be that the spelling and grammar could be better. When I'm lost in the story, and the words are incorrect, it can be off putting..Score: 4/5

PredictableWithin few pages, I knew who the culprit was..Score: 2/5

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Loved itGripped me from the start!!.Score: 5/5

Love it!Gripping! Couldn’t put it done! A must read.Score: 5/5

A gripping readI was hooked! The author really takes you to a different place without being over the top with descriptions. At times a pinch of humour added. The story was gripping and I couldn’t put the book down! Excellent..Score: 5/5

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Could not put it downLoved this book! Can’t wait for the next one :).Score: 5/5

Amazing read, very gifted writerWell done!.Score: 5/5

What a storylineThis book grabbed me and pulled me in really quickly. Full of suspense but also human emotion and well developed characters. Thoroughly recommended..Score: 5/5

Great reasCouldn’t put the book down, really enjoyed it.Score: 5/5

Must read!Hooked until the end, couldn’t put this down!.Score: 5/5

Brilliant Crime drama!!What a fantastic book! Written beautifully and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end! Can’t wait for the next book in the DI Gina Harte series!!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down!!One of the best books I’ve read in a while!!.Score: 5/5

Really Fricking good read!Loved this and loved the twist at the end.Score: 5/5

Gripping but poor endingThis book had me hooked from the very start and I couldn’t put it down however I was disappointed by the ending!.Score: 3/5

Not great but not bad eitherI loved the initial storyline - however the ending of the story was far fetched, rushed and ruined what could have been a thoroughly enjoyable thriller. A couple of unnecessary sub plots but the main storyline was page turning enough - until the rushed ending ruined it!.Score: 3/5

The next girlBrilliant!! Couldn’t put this down x.Score: 5/5

The next girlAbsolutely loved this book couldn’t put it down, fantastic read from start to finish.Score: 5/5

The next girlReally enjoyed this book gripping.Score: 5/5

The Next GirlOne of the best books I have read in a very long time, totally gripping all the way through, very well written. A really good read..Score: 5/5

The next girlI enjoyed this book very much, it’s a gripping read from start to finish..Score: 5/5

Loved it!!I agree with some of the fast ending but the book had me gripped from the start! Throughly a great read.Score: 5/5

Read in just over 24 hoursYou’re gripped from beginning to end. What a fantastic read!.Score: 5/5

Good from the beginning but....This is definitely a good read & holds your attention throughout. As many have pointed out though, the ending is weak and let’s it down. It could’ve done with tying up the family reunion somewhere but it was completely absent. There are the usual sub plots of a police officers personal life conflicting with their work life, together with gripes about funding, cutbacks, paperwork etc which clutter the story. Also there’s a really annoying reference to having a cold throughout which really isn’t necessary! The police procedural references are definitely not on par with Peter James but as a first novel it’s not a bad effort and is certainly entertaining..Score: 3/5

The Next GirlMust Read of 2018 .Gripping, heart stopping.Didn’t want it to end ..Score: 5/5

Gripping bookHad me gripped from the beginning, you felt ‘right there’ with the characters. Starting the next one in the series and looking forward to the read..Score: 5/5

PredictableThe story was ok, I guess I was anticipating the twisting plot as mentioned..Score: 2/5

Couldn’t put this downRead over a weekend. Gripping storyline. Downloading the next book in the series now!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic!Another holiday read! Couldn’t put it down once started!.Score: 5/5

Gripping, shocking and thrilling!I was hooked from the very start. Finished it in 2 sittings. DI Gina Harte is my new fav!.Score: 5/5

Beyond gripping!A book that you want to keep reading but sad when you come towards the end. Looking forward to the second book!.Score: 5/5

The Next Girl.Wow what an excellent first novel. I was gripped from the bugging to the end and read it all in 1 day!! I have read many crime based books and found this to be on par with my favorite crime writers Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo and Lee Child. Excellent characters with deep and well drawn back stories you want to explore further. I believe this writer will go far and I cannot recommend this book enough for all of us who loves the genre. I really can't wait for the next Book. Thanks to the author for writing such a fantastic book. Wonderful way to spend a day!!.Score: 5/5

Great readLoved this book so much.Score: 5/5

Gripping readI enjoyed this book a lot, it kept me gripped and wanting to know more throughout so made for a quick read. Not my favourite so far from this series (I have been reading them in the wrong order, and so far ‘her pretty bones’ is my favourite with the most twists and turns in my opinion). However, it makes for a good read and an exciting ending!.Score: 4/5

Kept me hooked!!!!Literally had me on edge of my seat throughout and in tears at the end I loved every minute!!!! Thank you!!!!!.Score: 5/5

The next girlUtterly gripping from the first chapter and look forward to Carla’s next book..Score: 5/5

AmazingI love a good detective book and honestly I’ve read all 4 books in this series in the past week and have loved each and every chapter of them! Highly recommend these books to anyone! Amazing..Score: 5/5

Good read, disappointing ending.The story had me hooked from the off, so much detail, however the ending was very quick, I was left disappointed and there was to many unanswered questions..Score: 3/5

Best book I’ve ever readI read this book within 14 hours. Amazing!.Score: 5/5

Great ReadLoved the books fast pace. A great read.Score: 5/5

Good storyI enjoyed the book but just could not stand how much reference there was to the detective & officer having colds & too much detail about nose blowing & spitting lol. I like to enjoy a cuppa & read but had to drink first or I’d be put off. I thought the amount of times it was referred to & detail was so weird. Just bizarre. Good read if you’re not put off by that kind of thing.Score: 3/5

The Girl Next - Fantastic readWow what a first book! Well done Carla. It is immediately engaging, I can see this being made into a movie. The end was a little bit lacking in detail somewhat, I would have expected more to have been made of the family being back together, the relationship with the children. But, none the less a brilliant book. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it..Score: 4/5

Brilliant readWell done Carla was a really hooking book and haven’t put it down read the whole story in 24 hours lol. Can’t wait to read the next one..Score: 5/5

Hooked from the startI couldn’t devour this story quick enough. The writer makes it easy to connect to the characters & the depth of the characters makes it easy to stay engaged to the satisfying end..Score: 3/5

Terrible bookTerrible book - obsessed with the flu and tears - sub heading on front cover is completely misleading and irrelevant. What was this great twist at the end meant to be?.Score: 1/5

Ending.Agree with the majority in that it was a good read but also have to agree that the ending was a bit disappointing which was a shame. Noticed that someone mentioned the details about the colds/viruses and I also thought there was a lot of comment about coffee!! Nevertheless, a good read and would recommend..Score: 4/5

Gripped from the startGreat book well worth a read can’t wait for the next one!!.Score: 5/5

Real page turner!!I was gripped from start to finish. Would highly recommend. Will certainly be reading more from this author! Kerry.Score: 5/5

Extremely slowOverall,I found the book amazing,except for at times when Debbie managed to get away but then Jeff found her,the author put too many chapters in between the next scene of Debbie to write about Gina interviewing people linked to Debbie’s disappearance even though they have very little information.The author also wrote a lot unnecessary information and made the story extremely slow in the middle.The end was satisfying to read after wasting time reading about Gina’s perspective.Still a good book,I recommend to people with incredible patience..Score: 3/5

The next girlBest book I’ve read in ages!! Couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended. Look forward to reading the next book in this series 👍.Score: 5/5

The Next Girl5 Stars ... Couldn’t put it down. Gripped me from the moment I picked it up. A very interesting concept that builds with intensity until the very last page. I’ve downloaded the rest of the series already!.Score: 5/5

AMAZING!Gripping from page 1 through to the end. Finished in a couple of days and was left feeling super excitement for the next instalment!.Score: 2/5

Fantastic bookLove this book well recommended.Score: 5/5

Great read!Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Easy reading, exciting, well thought out characters. Thank you!.Score: 4/5

The Next GirlTotally gripping from start to finish. I can’t wait for Carla’s next book to be out in August!!.Score: 5/5

GrippingThe first of many in the series, a very good read and so gripping. Having read a few in the series now I really enjoy her style and method of writing, not to mention the stories themselves. I have now finished the fifth and is just as good as the first. Brilliant author..Score: 5/5

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