“The Girls in the Water” by Victoria Jenkins is the first in the Detectives King and Lane series. One cold morning, the detectives are called to the park when a young woman’s body washes up on the riverbank. And then, another body is found in similar circumstances. The progresses at a rather slow but steady pace as the team as they work to identify the victims and find the perpetrator.
The detailed background descriptions of the geography around Cardiff give the story a sense of place and realism. The characters are well developed, and there is ample background information about them in the narrative that we know them, love them, and hate them. We empathize as they struggle with the ordinary and extra-ordinary problems of life, both past and present. The characters themselves are the real heart of the story rather than the search for the killer.
I received an advanced copy of “The Girls in the Water” from Bookouture, Victoria Jenkins, and NetGalley in exchange for my impartial review. I enjoyed reading the book, and recommend it with stipulation; readers should be advised that there are some graphic descriptions and gruesome passages as part of the plot development. This is not a book for “faint of heart.”