Little Girls Sleeping: An absolutely gripping crime thriller

Little Girls Sleeping: An absolutely gripping crime thriller

by Jennifer Chase


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He looked down at the little girl, sleeping peacefully, her arms wrapped around a teddy bear. He knew he was the only one who could save her. He could let her sleep forever.

An eight-year-old girl, Chelsea Compton, is missing in Pine Valley, California and for Detective Katie Scott it’s a cruel reminder of the friend who disappeared from summer camp twenty years ago. Unable to shake the memories, Katie vows she won’t rest until she discovers what happened to Chelsea.

But as Katie starts to investigate, accompanied by her loyal ex-military dog, Cisco, the case reveals itself to be much bigger and more shocking than she feared. Hidden deep in the forest she unearths a makeshift cemetery: a row of graves, each with a brightly coloured teddy bear.

Katie links the graves to a stack of missing-persons cases involving young girls—finding a pattern no one else has managed to see. Someone in Pine Valley has been taking the town’s daughters for years, and Katie is the only one who can stop them.

And then another little girl goes missing, snatched from the park near her home.

Katie’s still haunted by the friend she failed to protect, and she’ll do anything to stop the killer striking again—but can she find the little girl before it’s too late?

Compulsive and gripping crime fiction for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Katie Scott’s first case will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping with shock.

What readers are saying about Little Girls Sleeping:

Believe me when I say that you are in for a thrilling read!... I could not put it away. Can highly recommend!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Wow!... The hairs on my head stood up with this one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘It was addicting, captivating and had me reading into the night.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A chilling read with plenty of twists the whole way through! Cannot wait for the second book.Goodreads reviewer

Truly an amazing book. The storyline flowed, the characters were engaging, and I could barely tear myself away... Highly recommended!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786818300
Publisher: Storyfire Ltd
Publication date: 05/31/2019
Series: Detective Katie Scott , #1
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 340,525
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.70(d)

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Little Girls Sleeping: An absolutely gripping crime thriller 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TropicalDelusions 3 months ago
Little Girls Sleeping – Jennifer Chase I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review. Katie Scott is fresh off the plane from deployment in Afghanistan and undecided as to what she’ll do now. On a leave of absence from Sacramento PD, she is unsure if she wants to return to police work, especially after the atrocities she saw as part of the K9 explosives team. As a result, her Uncle Wayne, Sheriff of Pine Valley, offers her a temporary job clerking in the department, which she readily accepts. He also surprises her with her K9 partner, Cisco, who, for me, is the complete star of this book. While dropping off some documents to his office on day, she notices a case file he left out – that of a child who’s been missing for a few months. She immediately is drawn to the file – as a child she had a friend that suddenly disappeared, never to be found. She peruses, then copies the file to study. On her off time, she starts searching remote areas for signs of a dumping site, and inadvertently finds two small depressions in the ground, that resemble graves. When the site is excavated, and the children’s bodies are recovered, the search for the killer commences in full swing. The lead Detective on the case is now openly hostile to Katie, who has unexpectedly been promoted to Detective by her uncle and several others share his contempt. While assisting the task force, Katie quietly investigates on her own, and in doing so, she unknowingly angers a killer. Then, another child goes missing… I loved this book!! I’m always looking for a new series, and this series is most promising! Katie and her partner Cisco, are very likeable, and there are a lot of potential characters and storylines left open for further development as the series continues. Full of suspense and hard for me to put down! I highly recommend! If you enjoy the Creed series by Alex Kava, you’ll love Katie & Cisco!
livlife 4 months ago
This is a new series with a Detective named Katie Scott and although this book had a really slow start to it I ended up liking this book a lot! There is a serial killer abducting little girls and killing them and it's up to Katie to chase the clues to find the serial killer. I like the mystery to this book and I really liked Katie Scott . I look forward to watching for the sequel to this book. I enjoyed the quick read!
Bojoura 4 months ago
Based on the synopsis, it was very promising, exactly the story i would like. Unfortunately i didnt enjoy it. The writing was messy and disjointed. I struggled with the characters, I thought they lacked personality and were one dimensonial. Katie, the main character, could have been so much more given her background. While the ideas behind this book were good and had a lot of promise, the execution didnt work for me. Scenes were not linked together well and Katie didnt seem to have any real revelations, she just kept stumbling across things. Very unlikely to me. This is one series i wont be reading.
Suesyn Zellmer 4 months ago
This book was so much more than I expected. Katie has just come back to her home town from Afghanistan after serving 2 years in the military. Prior to that, she was a police officer and now has to decide what direction her life will take. She is helping out with the local sheriff's department at the suggestion of her uncle who happens to be sheriff. He pulled some strings before she came back home and surprised her with her K-9 partner, Cisco, an amazing German Shepherd. As she finds herself with extra time while doing her temp work, she begins looking into a cold case of a missing girl who reminds her of her childhood camp mate who was killed in a family tragedy. That has haunted her her whole life and pushes her to involve herself in this cold case. Before she knows it, she's thrust deep into the investigation with the detectives and racing to find the killer of what they discover to be multiple little girls. The story moves a long at a good pace with a fascinating amount of detail as to how Katie uses her military training to investigate. I loved reading her interactions with Cisco and learning how these dogs are trained and how they assist their human partners. Too bad the humans she interacts with are not as engaging, but they are realistic, especially the condescending officers who believe it's only because of her uncle's status that she has any success. I really hope that there are further stories to come with these characters, as this book sets a good foundation for a brand new series. I can't wait to see what else is in store for Katie and Cisco!
dcl55 4 months ago
Little Girls Sleeping by author Jennifer Chase is a new series featuring Katie Scott. Katie is starting a new chapter for her life in her hometown and living in her childhood home. She is a bit nervous because she feels caught between two worlds, civilian and military since her return from serving with a K-9 unit in Afghanistan. Her Uncle Wayne is the sheriff in Pine Valley and has offered her a position working with cold cases. He also petitioned for her K-9 partner Cisco to be released to her as a companion. Katie's attention for details and her ability to use all her senses as she searches outdoor terrain soon leads her into a serial killers lair. Jennifer Chase has developed another strong female character to bring her readers hours of suspenseful enjoyment!
WhisperingStories 4 months ago
Little Girls Sleeping is the first book in a new series by author and criminologist Jennifer Chase. The plot revolves around Katie Scott who has just arrived home in Pine Valley, California after leaving the Army after a tour of Afghanistan. She is suffering from anxiety and PTSD but is working through her problems with the help of her trusted service dog Cisco who has returned with her and her Uncle who is the local sheriff. Her uncle offers her a job inputting data onto the police computer system whilst Katie decides what she wants to do next with her life. Whilst going through the files she comes across an old cold case of a young girl that went missing four years ago, eight-year-old Chelsea Compton. Katie has an interest in the case as her best friend when she was at school was taken and murdered and so she knows what the girls family must be going through with no-one being brought to justice. She decides to take on the case herself, covertly, but people start to suspect her of meddling when she starts asking questions. Can Katie find the answers Chelsea Compton’s family are so desperately in need of and could she be just one of the victims of a serial killer that is choosing young girls as their victims? My first thoughts about the book were how refreshing it was to have a character who doesn’t always believe in herself and suffers from anxiety. Katie is a brave young woman who has been through a lot whilst serving in the Army. It was her and her service dog Cisco’s job to make sure the paths/roads were clear of bombs and she saw too many of her fellow comrades killed in action. Throughout the book, we see passages from Katie as she recalls the time spent with her friend who was murdered as a child and her last day with her. There are also chapters from the mind of the killer. The book moves at a fast pace and there was plenty of action. I can’t really say that I had any clue as to who the culprit was and never really suspected anyone until just before the killer was revealed. As the series title tells you, Katie eventually becomes a detective due to her help with the case and it was lovely to watch her get the recognition she deserved. It wasn’t quite so nice to see her being bullied by officers who had been stationed at Pine Valley longer than her though for doing her job and being more efficient than them. There is plenty of criminological and forensic language but what else would you expect from an expert criminologist turned author. I also like the twists and turns that were created to keep you on the edge of your seat along with a couple of red herrings thrown in for good measure too. I am now intrigued to see what author Jennifer chase has for us in book two as I enjoyed spending my time with Katie and can’t wait to see her detective skills again.
Karen Hollins 4 months ago
"Little Girls Sleeping" (Detective Katie Scott Book 1) by Jennifer Chase. It is a great beginning to a new series, the description of this book is what made me want to read it . I haven't read a thriller in awhile and I am glad I chose to give this a try. The Protagonist Katie is well developed, likeable and her uncle, aunt and Chad, a childhood friend were all likeable side characters. Templeton is a jerk as he tries to undermine Katie throughout the story. I found that the beginning was slow but half way through I couldn’t put the book down as I wanted to know who the killer was. The description of the setting and crime scenes are strong and really drew me in. The ending was shocking and totally unexpected. Highly recommended. A fabulous first book for an author I will definitely follow in the future. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.
cherlym 4 months ago
(3.5) This is first in a series. This is also a first time author for me. The synopsis for the book reeled me. No fast judgments here. Hear me out. I love thrillers, strong women,veterans and deployed. This had it all. Since this is book one some groundwork had to be laid out. This has some growing pains, some disconnect, but the premise is solid. As the series continues I am confident we will see Katie grow and work on cold cases. I guessed wrong in who it was. I like when I am wrong. I feel the red herrings could have been played out a little more, but all in all a satisfactory read, one that i did in a day and will definitely be looking for book 2. Thankyou NetGalley, bookouture, Jennifer Chase for the Arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Momma_Becky 4 months ago
I'm not sure which enticed me more, the title or the blurb of this one. Either way, I had to read it. Sadly, those two things were the best of it for me. Between that little extra added to the title and the blurb, I was promised a gripping and compulsive crime thriller that would have me gasping in shock. I was none of those. I expected and even hoped for a story that would have me checking the doors at night to make sure they're locked. We do get some chapters from the killer's perspective, and they were promising, but the whole thing together just doesn't deliver on the thrills that should come with a thriller of any kind. There is mystery and what I would consider crime drama, but the story is choppy and even after reaching the end, I didn't feel any real connection to any of the characters. This is the first in the series, so maybe the author plans on giving us more insight and development of Katie's character as the series progresses, but I didn't find enough here to entice me to go further.
Laura Fuller 4 months ago
This read was a struggle for me. Jennifer Chase has very solid ideas for what could be an exciting novel. I was hooked reading the synopsis. However, the execution is seriously lacking. The entire novel felt superficial and disjointed. Character development was non-existent and what we were told about the characters was only surface details. Relationships between the characters were lacking chemistry, and each character was formulaic, which isn't necessarily an issue so long as you use a different formula for each character. Scenes were not linked together well and were often mired in unnecessary and repetitive detail and dialogue.
ReadingFreak316 4 months ago
Little Girls Sleeping by Jennifer Chase was an amazing book that I couldn't put down. On her website Ms. Chase describes the main character, Detective Katie Scott as "the feisty, ex-Army K9 handler." which I think fits Detective Katie well. Katie Scott returns from her second tour of Afghanistan where she worked in the K9 unit of the Army. Her parents have passed and she goes home to Uncle who is the Sheriff. She's not totally sure what she wants to do, if she wants to rejoin the police force or not. But her Uncle some how pulls some strings and is able to reunite Katie with her partner from Afghanistan, her dog Cisco. He also asks her to help with data entry at the station. Little Girls Sleeping kept me wanting more. I thought I had the killer all figured out and boy was I wrong. "I guess I've always handled problems I can't solve by going back to the beginning" Detective Katie Scott Here is my one word of advice when reading this book, when you feel like the information you are being given is not relevant or important, it is and remember it. A few times I said to myself "what does this have to do with anything", oh it has a lot to do with everything. I think it takes a skilled writer to be able to do that and keep you engaged in the book (when most would give up) and then is still able to surprise you with the ending. I'm not sure if this is going to turn into a series but I hope Detective Katie Scott get's a couple more stories. She was so relatable as a character and I also really liked that it focused on her, this wasn't a female detective who solved the case and fell in love. Yes, there is some hint of possible romance but this book really focused on Katie, Cisco, the case and Katie trying to figure out what she wants to do and how she's going to fit back into her community. Little Girls Sleeping is available Friday May 31, 2019 Thank you to Jennifer Chase, Bookouture and Netgalley for the advanced copy of Little Girls Sleeping for my kindle.
paytonpuppy 4 months ago
Katie Scott, former soldier and police officer, has left the military and returned home to Pine Valley. Her uncle, Wayne Scott, the sheriff of Pine Valley has offered her a job at the department until she decides what she wants to do. While overseas, Katie worked with K9 Cisco, uncovering explosives and her uncle has “pulled strings” to reunite her with Cisco. A young girl has been missing for several years and while filing cold cases, Katie sees areas in the paperwork that she feels could be reexamined. With Cisco’s help, she continues to search areas where the girl was last seen. When she accidentally slips down a steep-slope she is near what looks like a tunnel. What she discovers will blow the case wide open…she has found a hidden cemetery. After her discovery, her uncle swears her in as a detective and assigns her to assist with what is now a homicide investigation. An amazing beginning to a new series by Ms. Chase. I look forward to more stories about this strong, capable woman who through her military and police training relied on dedicated police work as well as gut feelings to solve the case. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
MKF 4 months ago
Pine Valley, California has a deep dark secret. Katie Scott, newly back from serving in Afghanistan and at loose ends, finds herself working for her uncle the Sheriff. She starts investigating the disappearance of Chelsea because it reminds her of the similar disappearance of her childhood friend Jenny. Regular readers of the genre know this is going to lead her to a surprising bad guy. Chase has set this series up with a character in Katie who could be better drawn - lots of potential in the slim backstory. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A thriller that would be a diverting travel read.
Marnie Harrison 4 months ago
Having returned home from a tour of Afghanistan with the K-9 unit, Katie Scott plans to take some time out from her previous role as a police officer with the Sacramento PD, to doing administrative work for the Pine Valley police department where her uncle is the sheriff. When in his office, she comes across a file from a cold case where a little girl named Chelsea Compton was kidnapped four years previously, and whose body was never found. Still haunted by the memory of the mysterious disappearance of a friend at summer camp 20 years ago, Katie takes matters into her own hands and she secretly starts investigating Chelsea’s case with Cisco, her beloved german shepherd who she worked with in Afghanistan. When she stumbles upon multiple graves, the case is blown wide open to other unsolved cases of missing girls with a calling card of a teddy bear on each of these graves. It is then that she realises there is a serial killer at large, and one of the worst kind imaginable. With part of the mystery solved, a major part of the puzzle still remains, and it is then that the sheriff promotes his niece to detective so she can continue to work on the investigation. But being a relation of the town sheriff does not win Katie any friends and she ruffles some feathers, especially with the detective who was assigned to the case at the time. The race is then on, when another little girl goes missing to solve this case. Time is running out, but the closer that Katie gets to solving the case, the more her life is in danger. Do I recommend this book: Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely loved this book and Katie’s character. It is never easy to read a book like this when the victims are children, but Jennifer does a great job and is sensitive with the subject matter without describing the deaths in too much graphic detail. I really enjoyed Jennifer’s writing style and felt the determination of Katie in her need to solve the case no matter what. Even at the risk of her own life. This is a fantastic debut for this series and I look forward to many more books to come. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Jennifer Chase for allowing me to read an advance copy of Little Girls Sleeping in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in any way.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is the first book I read by this author and I was really wowed by it. This is also the first book in her new Detective Katie Scott series. This book is about a returning vet battling her own demons while trying to find a serial killer who is murdering young girls. Katie Scott returns to her family home after serving and tries to figure out what her next move is. She accidentally sees a cold case on her Uncle’s desk and begins to investigate. She stumbles upon the killers grave site and that’s when the fight between good and evil takes place. I have to say what caught my interest was the description of the book and boy this book did not disappoint. The book did start off slower but that was great because we got to know all the characters better. By half way through I couldn’t put the book down and was trying to read as fast as I could so I could find out who the killer was. The ending took me by surprise and I was literally gasping for air hoping everything would turn out ok. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts??????????