The Next Girl

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 by Carla Kovach Book Reviews

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how 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.






I have been trying to start reading more and the description drew me in. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down!

A very gripping book. Well written.

Read this quickly. Very good!






Enjoyed reading this edge of my seat read. The premise is superb, and the interaction with the characters and the emotion is brilliant.

Wasn’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!

Fast paced, hooks you immediately!


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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Why were all the characters so snotty and coughing through out the whole book?! Very distracting and had nothing to do with the narrative!

I 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

This book was gripping and exciting. I had a hard time putting it down.

I enjoyed reading this story. Held my interest and was hoping for a happy ending. Have to find out for yourself!

WOW‼️. 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

My 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.)

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meh. 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

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!

The 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.

I couldn’t stop reading until I finished a headache and lack of sleep were worth it

The only thing not to like is you end up unable to put it down, so be prepared for a late night.

Truly awfully written. What twist? I kept reading hoping for a return on my time but got nothing.


Great 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.

So 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!

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.

An 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.

"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.

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.

A story that keeps you turning pages to the end, can't wait to read the next ones!

Within few pages, I knew who the culprit was.

Didn’t really enjoy this one unfortunately. Found it quite boring, lots of unnecessary detail, and very simplistic plot line.

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It’s the first book in a while which gripped me in a “can’t put it down” way. Recommend the read!

I 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.

I 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.

Gripping! Couldn’t put it done! A must read

Excellent read - my wife and I both Loved it !!!

Gripped me from the start!!

Gripping, couldn’t put it down. Thanks so much to the author.

Loved the journey

100 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.

Absolutely loved this book ! Can’t wait to read about Gina again soon

Overall,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.

Loved this and loved the twist at the end

Couldn’t put the book down, really enjoyed it

Loved this book so much

Had 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.

One of the best books I’ve read in a while!!

This book grabbed me and pulled me in really quickly. Full of suspense but also human emotion and well developed characters. Thoroughly recommended.

I was hooked from the very start. Finished it in 2 sittings. DI Gina Harte is my new fav!

The 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.

5 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!

I 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.

I 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

I 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!

Brilliant!! Couldn’t put this down x

Best book I’ve read in ages!! Couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended. Look forward to reading the next book in this series 👍

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.

Hooked until the end, couldn’t put this down!

Well 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.

Read over a weekend. Gripping storyline. Downloading the next book in the series now!

Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Easy reading, exciting, well thought out characters. Thank you!

One 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.

Love this book well recommended

Well done!

I was gripped from start to finish. Would highly recommend. Will certainly be reading more from this author! Kerry

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.

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!!

Great book well worth a read can’t wait for the next one!!

Another holiday read! Couldn’t put it down once started!

Wow 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.

Really enjoyed this book gripping

I agree with some of the fast ending but the book had me gripped from the start! Throughly a great read

Must Read of 2018 .Gripping, heart stopping.Didn’t want it to end .

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

Totally gripping from start to finish. I can’t wait for Carla’s next book to be out in August!!

The story was ok, I guess I was anticipating the twisting plot as mentioned.

A book that you want to keep reading but sad when you come towards the end. Looking forward to the second book!

Literally had me on edge of my seat throughout and in tears at the end I loved every minute!!!! Thank you!!!!!

I 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.

Loved this book! Can’t wait for the next one :)

Absolutely loved this book couldn’t put it down, fantastic read from start to finish

This book had me hooked from the very start and I couldn’t put it down however I was disappointed by the ending!

Utterly gripping from the first chapter and look forward to Carla’s next book.

I read this book within 14 hours. Amazing!

Terrible 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?

You’re gripped from beginning to end. What a fantastic read!

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.

I 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!

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!!

I enjoyed this book very much, it’s a gripping read from start to finish.

Loved the books fast pace. A great read

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Great characters, well written, and full of suspense. Not an especially original plot, but fun to read. I’m ready to dive into her next one.

Great writing. Felt like I was a part of Harte’s team! Completely drowned in this book. Cannot wait to read book 2!!!

All the reviews were right on the same things that I would have said so there is nothing more To say except that I need more sleep so lighten up a bit hahaha 😇

I was hooked from start to finish! Good luck putting this book down! Happy to have found a new author to follow!

What’s the deal with every male character “sobbing” literally on every single page of this book? It gets pretty annoying and cringe worthy by a 1/3 of the way in. If you’re looking for a strong, kickass male character then this read is most definitely not your cup of tea...

This is a good read. Characters are interesting, the story moves along. I did find the mother-daughter conflict a little draggy, as I did with the guilt factor with the husband. I think both those areas could’ve been done a little better. All in all it was a good read. I’m not sure if I’m going to finish out this series, I just found it not as suspenseful as it was built up to be. I liked it, however it just didn’t grip me as much as I had hoped. I give it three stars.

Based on the cover, I was anticipating a big plot twist. Nothing really happens and then it ends really quickly. Let down.

I thought the book was overall a good ready. I liked the characters which is what kept me going through the story. I wanted to find out what would happen with them. I liked how the author linked Ginas story with the case she was working and showed how more often than not you’ll come across a case that directly effects you and brings out personal issues. I wasn’t bored and I hoped that the characters would make it through. It definitely isn’t the heart stopping thriller that I was expecting and that many reviews claimed it would be which is why I gave it 3 stars. The ending wasn’t overly dramatic. There was no crazy twist. Not to say it was expected but it wasn’t a mind blowing outcome. Also I’d hoped to see find out more about DI Harte. I’m not sure if the author left off the way they did because it’s to come in another book but I can’t see myself buying another book just to find out.

I loved this book!! Gulped it down in two days and looking forward to Carla’s next.

I will be prepaying for the next book. Just finished and can’t wait for the next!!! A new favorite author!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down. Great story, great characters. Suspense on every page!

Great suspenseful book!

I completely enjoyed the book. Read it throughout one day. Well worth it.

This books kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I couldn’t put it down!

Loved the book looking forward for book 2

$2 is WAAAY too much to pay for this garbage. So poorly written, it was a chore to get through. I saw the review that said it wasn’t worth $2, but mystery set in Britain...I couldn’t help myself. Heed my warning. Just say no!

This was poorly written and sort of boring. I kept waiting for the twist described in some of the reviews but there wasn’t one. Not worth your time.

This story was captivating and I never lost interest the end had me stuck on my couch because I refused to get up before finishing... such a good read!

Could not put it down. Writing is so good, characters come alive, and plot is very satisfying. Can’t wIt for her next one.

Too much mucous and everyone with a tear running down their cheek. Coulda, shoulda been a good book, but wasn’t

DI Harte is amazing! Such a good book! I couldn’t stop reading it! Finished in three days! Can’t wait for the next one! Such an excellent and intriguing character and the author is so descriptive! Wonderful!

The story was interesting and well written. I liked the main character. She was a strong woman with faults that made her human. If I was in trouble I would want her to be helping me. From the beginning the story held my attention and I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed the book and will read this next book.

Slow, crass, and boring.

Horrible. Not sure what twist the description is referring to. No surprising twist. Horrible writing. And agree with others. Odd and unnecessary preoccupation with lead character’s cold symptoms that had nothing to do with the story.

I’m not sure what al, the raving reviews are for; I was just bored and ended up skipping through it just to get to the end!

I honestly can’t recall the last time I read an entire book in one day! This book was that good! Whipping fast story with fully developed characters. I look forward to her next book in August 2018.

This book might have been a good read, but the writing is just so awkward. I love a good mystery, but I had to pull myself through this one. I have to agree with one other reviewer - why would anyone assume that anyone wants to read about someone’s cold symptoms and nose blowing?! Yuck.

Great read!

This was a great book! It was an easy road and was gripping causing it to be a page turner, finished in two days! Can’t wait till her new one comes out in August!

Excellent book! Could not put it down. A page turner to the very end! Can't wait to read more from this author!

Great read! I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it in a day!! Can’t wait til the next book!

Interesting storyline. Unfortunately, the strange over-use of the word “mucus” has me still scratching my head.

Terrible writing... I wanted to give it a chance... but you can get better storytelling from reading a TMZ article.

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Nicoletta Machiavelli (1 August 1944 – 15 November 2015) was an Italian film actress, also known as Nicoletta Rangoni Machiavelli and Nicoletta Macchiavelli. Life and career The daughter of a Florentine father and of an American mother, Machiavelli was a descendant of the philosopher and author Niccolò Machiavelli. She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze.Following an audition for the role of Eva in John Huston's The Bible: In the Beginning..., she was noted by the producer Dino De Laurentiis who put her under contract for seven years, a contract she eventually broke after three years.Her first role was Ugo Tognazzi's wife in A Question of Honour, and following a few comedies, her early career was characterized by genre films, mainly Spaghetti Western, notably Sergio Corbucci's Navajo Joe.Starting from the late 1960s Machiavelli started appearing in more ambitious art films, working with Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Pietro Germi, Dino Risi, Sergio Citti, Andrzej Ż....

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