Tuesday 23 August 2016

Book Review - Little Girl Lost by Janet Gover

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Title: Little Girl Lost (Coorah Creek Book 4)
Author: Janet Gover
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 2nd August 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

When a little girl goes missing, an entire town comes together to find her ... 
When Tia Walsh rides into the small town of Coorah Creek on a Harley-Davidson, Sergeant Max Delaney senses that everything about her spells trouble. But Tia's trouble is not all of her own making, and the dangerous past she tried to leave behind is hot on her heels. 

Sarah Travers has returned home after three years of college to find that her parents have been keeping a devastating secret. Her childhood crush, Pete Rankin, is facing his own struggle with a harsh reality that will take him away from the girl and the life that he loves. 

Tia, Max, Sarah and Pete are all trying to find their future, but when a little girl goes missing in the harsh outback, nothing else matters except finding her safe ...

What on earth can I say about Coorah Creek that I haven't said in previous reviews. It is the most remarkable community of people, in the outback in Australia. Trish who runs the main bar is central to everything in life there, and is a force to be reckoned with. She knows all the gossip and is a lynchpin. 

Everyone you meet in Coorah Creek, are just good people, generally honest, hard working and generous of nature and spirit. This is the fourth book set in this amazing location, but it can easily be read as a standalone novel. Through the use of recurring characters, the townspeople, you are kept up to date with the stories of the main characters of the previous books, while learning all about a host of newcomers to the town. 

It is obvious that Tia has had a troubled past, but yet she is slowly trying to get to grips with life in the Outback, and working as a driver in the mine. She doesn't really trust men, and yet there is an obvious mutual fascination or attraction between herself and Max, the local Sergeant, and only cop in town. 

Pete is not really a local but as a regular van delivery driver for the area, he is known in town, and remembers Sarah as a young girl, so when she arrives back in town as an adult, he is gobsmacked by her! Pete though already has a girlfriend and is always determined to do the right thing, while Sarah has discovered just how ill her father has become in the years she has been away. 

The book started well and I was entirely interested in the book, and then at around 40% I became oblivious to the rest of my surroundings as I was so engrossed, right up until the last page. While the beginning was introductions to the new characters, and just getting a feeling for things, it really heats up in the middle, with high drama, feelings starting to become apparent, and all manner of revelations. 

Little Girl Lost is definitely my favourite book by Janet Gover, and one I would recommend to anyone wanting something with a bit more grit than the average romance. 

Thank you so much to Choc Lit and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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