Recently finished The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight by John Tucker.
Blurb: Steph Linder dreams of being an Atlanta policewoman when she graduates high school in 1980’s Georgia. After her estranged mother is killed in Woody Pines, Steph is forced to stay with the grandmother and uncle she blames for her parent’s divorce in order to secretly investigate the murder. In the small, insulated town, Steph encounters a hunky teenager with intimate ties to her mother, three disreputable men who worked with her at a seedy bar, and a friendly librarian with several motives to be the number one suspect.
With only six days to catch the killer before going back to Atlanta to finish her senior year, Steph deals with a lecherous uncle, residents who view her as an unwelcome stranger, and long distance problems with her boyfriend and two BFF’s. Will she find the killer, or fall victim to the same fate as her mother?
The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight is a teen-noir crime mystery that features a plucky, but flawed heroine, a broken family unit that bands together after eight long years, and a tension-filled denouement that will stay with you long after you finish the novel.
My Review: This is the second book by Mr. Tucker that I have read. I admit at first I was disappointed that this one was not as dark and twisted and Divisive. This book is told from the prospective of a 17 year old girl. Think Nancy Drew all grown up and a bit naughtier and a little more gruesome. Stephs’ mother has been killed in a small Georgia town. Estranged from her for years her and her father go back for the funeral. Steph is determined to be in law enforcement when she grows up and has been working an intern type job in Atlanta toward that goal. She is sure that small town cops aren’t up to the job of finding her mothers killer so she sets off to do the deed herself. After many scrapes with danger the killer is unearthed. I found the story kept my interest. Getting past some the the teen drama took a little bit but then I am far from that age. Steph learns a lot and grows up a little more in this book. I gather there is going to be a series of Steph Linder murder type mysteries I would put them to the young adult age group. Overall it is a good book for the age group. Well written and consistent. I think this one deserves a 4.