* Review * THE BURNING GIRLS by Rita Herron

* Review * THE BURNING GIRLS by Rita HerronThe Burning Girls by Rita Herron
Series: Detective Ellie Reeves #3
Published by Bookouture on June 10, 2021
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The girl was beautiful, even in death. Her skin was translucent beneath the sliver of moonlight peeking through the bare branches of the surrounding pines, and her chestnut hair had tumbled around her pale shoulders. Around her, smoke twisted in the air, curling into the inky sky.

The remote town of Crooked Creek has barely recovered from its most recent tragedy when wildfires tear through the mountains. Detective Ellie Reeves is grappling with her own heartbreak––she has just discovered she was adopted and that her childhood was a lie.

Under the scorching summer sun, Ellie is called to a river where a body has been found. She spots a lone woman’s shoe caught in a nearby tangle of vines, and a pearl necklace scattered by the water’s edge. The remains are surrounded by a circle of stones, which Ellie is certain means something. Was the victim––whoever she was––caught in the fire or is something more sinister at play?

The Fourth of July usually means festivals and fireworks, but when another body turns up the town is left in tatters. A young girl with dark hair lies dead, surrounded by stones, smoke drifting in the air. Thanks to an engraved silver necklace, Ellie identifies the body as eighteen-year-old Katie Lee Curtis, and the diary she finds hidden under the teenager’s mattress could get her close to the killer.

With two victims in less than twenty-four hours, it’s clear Ellie’s up against a serial killer, and she vows that no more innocent girls will be sacrificed. For her, every day is a battle to come to terms with her past, but when this case becomes personal, will she win?


Pulse pounding danger will keep you guessing while this high stakes story of secrets and intrigue steals you away! THE BURNING GIRLS is the third book in Rita Herron’s Detective Ellie Reeves and picks up shortly after the previous two books to take us for a ride of redemption, healing and rediscovery along with Ellie. I enjoy her wisdom and perseverance when the going gets tough.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys a top notch detective who puts her entire heart into finding justice for the innocent victims that gruesomely cross her path.


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