The Girls in the Water - Victoria Jenkins

The Girls in the Water

By Victoria Jenkins

  • Release Date: 2017-08-03
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4
From 792 Ratings


'WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down... if I could give it 6 stars I would.' Bonnie's Book Talk 

When she woke, she found herself in darkness. She couldn’t move. She was going to die and she had no idea why… 

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a river in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 

Days later, another girl goes missing, and another body is found in the water. It seems the two girls shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. What secrets were they keeping? And who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, it becomes clear that the murderer's reach goes even further - back into the painful past of Chloe Lane herself. Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 

Alex and Chloe are soon caught in a race against time to reach the next victim before it’s too late... and they must face terrifying truths from their own lives to have a chance of catching the killer. 

Chilling and totally compelling with an utterly surprising twist, The Girls in the Water is perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Sarah Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

What readers are saying about The Girls in the Water:
'Full of twists and turns, leading to an ending that was both thrilling and filled with tension. Oh, and I never guessed who dun it, either!' Angela Marsons

'An incredibly compelling and gripping read. The book had me glued to the pages as the investigation into the murder victim unfolded and various layers of the skilfully crafted plot came together. I stayed up way too late in a desperate attempt to finish as the team races against the clock to save another potential victim. This is an incredible debut by Victoria Jenkins and a thrilling and exciting start to a new series.' Novel Deelights, 5 stars

'A wonderfully gripping story that makes me excited for book 2!' Breakfast at Shelby's

'The first word that comes into my head is WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down. The characters were complex and very likeable and I can't wait to see them again in the next instalment. This was a really good book, if I could give it 6 stars I would.'Bonnie's Book Talk

'This book is so far my favourite UK mystery.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars.

'This book has everything, a great plot, well developed characters that you become truly invested in and a very clever perpetrator that is determined to make his mark. If you love thrilling police procedurals, this book is a must!!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'This book is incredible... completely enthralling and I can't wait for the next!' Kitty Catalyst Bibliophile

'A superb book... loved it!' Goodreads reviewer

'Danger hangs around the corner. Excitement on every page. I felt the chills run down my arms. The prickling sensation of fear... Yes, this is fiction but the reality of the characters both dead and alive were so believable. I highly recommend The Girls in the Water to readers worldwide.' Urban Book Reviews

'Wow! What an incredible, assured and resounding debut! Enjoyed every page of this brilliant book. A beautifully crafted story, with many twists and turns that keep you guessing. The character development is fab. Loved the detectives and the backstory and the way everything fell into place at the end. Intelligent, fast paced and thrilling. Loved it!' Renita D'Silva, 5 stars. 

'Really gripping... I'll definitely be tuning in to the next book in the series.' Love is a State of Mind


  • The Girls in the Water

    By kathywamsley
    Started slow was hard to get into story line. Then it took off and really started coming together. The book had a good plot and would tell others about the books. Thanks k
  • Eh

    By Leenyranger
    I like the plot. Super hard to follow with an overflow of characters.
  • The Girls In The Water

    By sweetibeetie
    Strong female characters. Great read.
  • The Girls in the Water

    By Ktoobusy
    Very well written. Not too easy to solve. Characters were believable. Good book.
  • The Girls In The Water

    By Pins4
    Enjoyed the book. A lot going on but they still figured it out in the end.
  • Painfully slow and repetitive

    By ngenct
    This book could have been written in 1/3 the pages and been the better for it. Shame an editor didn’t point that out. Disappointing. Good characters.
  • Keeps you guessing!

    By OMG987654321
    Once you start reading you can’t put it down. All the twists and turns keep you guessing and eager to find the killer.
  • Great book!

    By tjcjazz
    Couldn’t put this down! Quite the page turner!
  • Mediocre

    By Amigo73
    Not horrible, but not all that good either. Very redundant. Lots of rhetorical questions asked, repeatedly. The ending felt rush. What charges were filed, what sentences were handed down, was Chloe reinstated, and what about Harry? Sorry, just also-so read.