Sunday, April 15, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Remembering Lauren by Misha Jordan

Remembering Lauren
by Misha Jordan 

After a brutal attack in the city leaves her scarred, Nikki Freeman flees to the sleepy little town of Glenwood, Florida for a chance to regroup and find peace again. Small town living brings challenges of its own and she struggles to find her place in this deep rooted community. What she doesn't count on is discovering Glenwood has a few not-so-sunny secrets hidden in its recent history.

Encouraged by her new friends and haunted by her past, Nikki delves into the mystery of a young girl who vanished seven years earlier, the night before Prom. Had she not survived her own attacker, would she have been forgotten as well? As her investigation leads to unexpected places, she's forced to ask herself just how much she'll risk to find a stranger.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This mystery was full of surprises for me. It started with a scene that certainly grabs the attention, and sets up what I thought would be a fast-paced, suspenseful read. So, my first surprise came when things slowed down on that front. My second came when I found that the story is no less compelling for that slower pace as the author drew me in to this character driven tale. Page after page, I began to feel like I knew these people, and the more I got to know them, the more I wanted to know. I wanted to join in on the gossip, to learn their secrets, to make friends - they feel that real! My biggest surprise came with the identity of our villain. I had that part figured out rather quickly, and normally that would dim the rest of the story for me, but with Remembering Lauren, it kept me turning pages. Not only to learn the reason for this young girl's disappearance, but to see how it would all play out, and I have to say that I definitely didn't see the final confrontation going the way it did. In addition to a mystery that is certainly dark, gritty, and a bit sinister, we also get some sweet romance for our amateur sleuth and vet tech, Nikki. All in all, this debut novel is an excellent introduction to a promising author. It's small town mystery at its finest and has made Misha Jordan one to watch. 

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