losing leah holloway // review

Title: Losing Leah Holloway
Author: Lisa Regan
No. of pages: E-book; 379
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Date Read: March 16, 2018

  • Second book in the Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery Series


Five years ago, Claire Fletcher escaped her abductor. But some scars never fade, and surviving was just the beginning…

When Claire sees a car full of children careen into a river, she rushes to the rescue. But the driver, a mother named Leah Holloway, prefers to drown. For Claire and her ex, Detective Connor Parks, it doesn’t add up. What would motivate a woman with a beautiful family and a successful career to resort to such unspeakable extremes? What Connor finds out confirms Claire’s suspicions of something dreadful behind Holloway’s picture-perfect facade: a link between the terrified mother and a serial strangler targeting Sacramento soccer moms.

As Claire and Connor are drawn back together, their investigation leads them to unearth everything Holloway was hiding. What they find could be the only way to stop a killer from striking again. (Goodreads)


I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing Leah Holloway was fast-paced, intriguing, and a very well-written mystery. This is the second book in the series. I didn’t realize that until after I had previously started. It’s definitely not necessary to read the first one (I haven’t), but the background pieces for Claire and Connor may be a bit more clear after having read it.

The book follows the investigation into why Leah Holloway, a seeming well-mannered, picture perfect mother with a decently okay life, decided to drive so recklessly, killing four people in the process, and then drive an SUV with herself and children into the river below. While investigating this accident, the police department in Sacramento is dealing with a serial killer who targets soccer moms. As the story continues, you slowly begin to piece together the story not only of Claire and Connor’s relationship but also you find out why Leah drove off the overpass.

One thing I liked about this book was how the chapters were spaced. The viewpoints go between Connor as he’s investigating, Claire as she’s dealing triggers in the case that bring up bad memories of her years in captivity, and also Leah as she finds herself doing things out-of-the-ordinary that bring her to the point of suicide.

While reading, I was pretty neutral about this book, which is why I gave it a 3. It was well-written, fast-paced, and it was a good story. If you’re into books with mystery, romance, and like stories with well-written detail, this one is for you!

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