Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan

Losing Leah Holloway

Five years ago, Claire Fletcher escaped her abductor. But some scars never fade, and surviving was just the beginning…When Claire sees a car full of children careen into a river, she rushes to the rescue. But the driver, a mother named Leah Holloway, prefers to drown. For Claire and her ex, Detective Connor Parks, it doesn’t add up. What would motivate a woman with a beaut...

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Losing Leah Holloway Reviews

  • Deanna

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    I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it.

    was my first introduction to author, Lisa Regan a few years ago. When I heard there was going to be another book in the series, I was excited. I believe that reading the first book would add to the experience; but it’s definitely not necessary,

    can easily be read as a stand-alone.

    I REALLY enjoyed this novel. It opens

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it.

    was my first introduction to author, Lisa Regan a few years ago. When I heard there was going to be another book in the series, I was excited. I believe that reading the first book would add to the experience; but it’s definitely not necessary,

    can easily be read as a stand-alone.

    I REALLY enjoyed this novel. It opens with a shocking and dramatic scene… I was instantly gripped, desperate to know what happened. I only put this novel down when I absolutely had to, and you would have been hard pressed to try to pull this book from my hands as I got towards the end.

    The beginning of the book briefly covers what happened in the first book. Claire Fletcher was reunited with her family five years ago after being abducted and held captive for ten years by a pedophile.

    Claire is spending the day fishing with her sister, Brianna. Claire loves to fish, it helps with her anxiety. Brianna is just happy to be spending time with her sister. Unfortunately, what they had hoped would be a relaxing day soon takes a shocking turn.

    Claire is talking to Brianna about Connor Parks. Connor is a detective with Sacramento’s Office of Investigations. He is the one who solved Claire’s abduction case. Claire and Connor dated briefly when she returned home, but she finds it difficult to explain why things didn’t work out.

    Suddenly car horns and tires squealing interrupt their conversation and they are astonished as they look up at the overpass and see a red SUV come flying over the side landing in the very river they are fishing in. Without thinking, Claire jumps into the river and swims out to the van. She sees a woman in the driver’s seat. Claire then notices children in the vehicle. How on earth will she get everyone out to safety? She feels herself floating away, separating herself from what is happening, something she used to get through all those years in captivity. But she’s able to shake herself back to reality; she must save them.

    But when the woman in the car finally comes to, she looks at Claire with a look that Claire knows well. This woman has been terrorized. Claire screams at her to unlock the door. But the woman doesn’t. It’s now up to Claire to save the children. She shakes away the thought of not being able to get them out.

    Detective Connor Parks is in the middle of a

    police briefing while all this is happening at the river. The killer got his name because he targets Sacramento soccer moms who all have certain similarities. He kills them all in the same way and the police need to stop him before he kills again.

    Thirty-seven year old Leah Holloway was the driver of the SUV. Connor and his partner Jade work to find out more about Leah Holloway, while also working the “Soccer Mom Strangler” case. They try to unravel Leah’s life to figure out why she did what she did. From all accounts, Leah Holloway was a happy mother and wife...

    The story is told from multiple perspectives, but I had no problem keeping track of who was speaking or what was happening. If anything it only added to my enjoyment of the story. Between the serial killer case, Leah Holloway, and Claire and Connor there’s a lot going on, but it all comes together so well.

    Lisa Regan has done it again. In my review of the first book in the series I said “

    ” and now that I’ve read the second book in the series I have to say….

    ! This was an awesome read and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kaceey

    This is book two in the Claire Fletcher series. Although the focus is not solely on Claire in this book, I would still highly recommend starting with book one -

    , before diving into this one.

    A seemingly ordinary mother, Leah Holloway, drives off a bridge with a car full of children. Now it’s up to Detective Connor Parks to investigate and dig into the life of this woman. How exactly does a woman who displayed no warning signs do something so horrific? What went so wrong i

    This is book two in the Claire Fletcher series. Although the focus is not solely on Claire in this book, I would still highly recommend starting with book one -

    , before diving into this one.

    A seemingly ordinary mother, Leah Holloway, drives off a bridge with a car full of children. Now it’s up to Detective Connor Parks to investigate and dig into the life of this woman. How exactly does a woman who displayed no warning signs do something so horrific? What went so wrong in her life to make her take such a drastic step?

    Claire takes somewhat of a back-seat in this book. Which for me was unexpected. Maybe in the future I need to take a closer look before I start reading. I was hopeful for more content involving Claire, and of course Connor! The second half of the book mainly focuses on Leah Holloway. (Well, ok she is the title character after all!). But I didn’t feel the characters of Claire and Leah meshed well into one book. I really enjoyed both characters, but Claire and Leah could each stand on their own separately and be terrific. Actually I think I may have preferred to read separate full length books solely devoted to each woman. Even with that said, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book!

    It is a very quick read with short chapters that make it hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend!

    A Traveling Sister Group read with Brenda, Norma, Lindsay, Diane, Deanna, Susanne and Sarah!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

    For this review and our full traveling sister review please visit Brenda and Norma's Fantastic Traveling Sister Book Blog

  • Norma

    LOSING LEAH HOLLOWAY (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2) by LISA REGAN is a tense, suspenseful, thrilling, and a fast-paced novel with some really good twists that grabbed my attention right away and had me totally engaged and curious throughout this whole book. Losing Leah Holloway picks up 5 years after the first installment in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher and I was extremely excited to get an advanced copy of this novel.  I thought it was just as good if not better than

    LOSING LEAH HOLLOWAY (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2) by LISA REGAN is a tense, suspenseful, thrilling, and a fast-paced novel with some really good twists that grabbed my attention right away and had me totally engaged and curious throughout this whole book. Losing Leah Holloway picks up 5 years after the first installment in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher and I was extremely excited to get an advanced copy of this novel.  I thought it was just as good if not better than the first book in this series.  

    LISA REGAN delivers an action-packed story here that was thrilling and exciting to read from start to finish.  The storyline was interesting, extremely good, tied together nicely throughout, and played out perfectly in the end.  I love Claire and Connor’s relationship and I think they are awesome characters.  

    I loved everything about this book and hope that there might be a third installment to this series in the future. Would recommend!!

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

    Traveling Sisters Group Read - Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome group of ladies!

    Our full Traveling Sisters Review can be found on your sister blog:

  • Brenda

    LOSING LEAH HOLLOWAY (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2) picks up 5 years after the first installment in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher. Finding Claire Fletcher was the book that brought the Traveling Sisters together and how we started our reading group for our blog. We were extremely excited to get an advanced copy of this book. For Losing Leah Holloway our group grew to six of us reading and discussing this one together. One of our sisters did not read the first one but t

    LOSING LEAH HOLLOWAY (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2) picks up 5 years after the first installment in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher. Finding Claire Fletcher was the book that brought the Traveling Sisters together and how we started our reading group for our blog. We were extremely excited to get an advanced copy of this book. For Losing Leah Holloway our group grew to six of us reading and discussing this one together. One of our sisters did not read the first one but the rest of us have. For this special read, I have taken some of Norma’s review and combined it with my sister review.

    Losing Leah Holloway is a captivating, tense, and a fast-paced exciting story that was thrilling to read from start to finish with some really great twists and turns that grabbed our attention right away and kept us curious right to the end. The first twist sent us reeling in shock over it and I am not sure I am over it yet. Those twists and turns kept us trying to guess them throughout this mystery. Some of us picking up on some clues to the twists and turns and leaving some of us stumped. I was one of the stumped sisters, and Norma being one of the sisters who did pick up on some clues.

    We all loved our returning main characters Claire and Connor from Finding Claire Fletcher and were rooting for them and loved their relationship. We really like how Lisa Regan tied Claire to the story, however, some of us wanted a bit more of Claire. How can I not mention Wilson, Claire’s dog and how much we all enjoyed his character. Such a great name for a dog too.

    We all were very satisfied with the ending and everything came together and tied up well for us and leaving us wanting more from these memorable characters. We all are hoping for a third installment to this very special sister series. We highly recommend reading both of these well-done books.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

    All of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog:

  • Lindsay

    4.5 stars!! Wow - this was a fantastic follow up to Finding Claire Fletcher!

    This book captured my FULL attention from page one and didn’t let it go until the very last sentence. It was an intense, unique, gripping, heart-pounding, addictive, fast-paced, highly entertaining thriller.

    I really enjoyed meeting the main characters, Claire and Connor, in the first book and my love for them grew even deeper through this engrossing story. The author, Lisa Regan, did a fabulous job further developing t

    4.5 stars!! Wow - this was a fantastic follow up to Finding Claire Fletcher!

    This book captured my FULL attention from page one and didn’t let it go until the very last sentence. It was an intense, unique, gripping, heart-pounding, addictive, fast-paced, highly entertaining thriller.

    I really enjoyed meeting the main characters, Claire and Connor, in the first book and my love for them grew even deeper through this engrossing story. The author, Lisa Regan, did a fabulous job further developing these characters. I really liked how this story was presented through multiple time frames and various characters’ perspectives. There were several pages that made me gasp and pause to (pick my jaw up off the floor and) ensure I had read things correctly. This novel has many shocking twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat and flipping the pages as fast as possible.

    I would highly recommend this edgy, jaw-dropping, highly suspenseful novel! Be sure to start with the first book, Finding Claire Fletcher, to ensure you get the entire backstory and can fully appreciate and truly enjoy this unforgettable tale.

    I will end by saying that Wilson the dog was such a perfect addition to Claire’s life – absolutely loved him!

    A big thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Reading this along with my wonderful Traveling Sisters made this book an even better experience! To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog at:

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I didn't read the first book in this series. (Normal for me)

    Claire Fletcher was a prisoner of a sex predator for years. She escaped and she is trying to still get on with her life. She is actually very likeable. You laugh because I say that? I don't like anyone so there is that.

    Claire is out fishing with her sister one day and a minivan full of kids crash through the guardrail and enter the water. Claire goes into full on rescue mode and manages to get all the kids out...but the mom doesn't w

    I didn't read the first book in this series. (Normal for me)

    Claire Fletcher was a prisoner of a sex predator for years. She escaped and she is trying to still get on with her life. She is actually very likeable. You laugh because I say that? I don't like anyone so there is that.

    Claire is out fishing with her sister one day and a minivan full of kids crash through the guardrail and enter the water. Claire goes into full on rescue mode and manages to get all the kids out...but the mom doesn't want saved. Her eyes have that terrorized look that Claire knows well.

    What caused a mom with a good life/job/husband to snap and want to kill herself and her AND her best friends kids?

    Then you have another storyline in which Claire's boyfriend Connor is investigating...a serial killer is killing women at their kid's soccer matches. They are raped, strangled and bitten and left.

    Claire and Connor's romance is not overdone for a thriller. I don't like when my thrillers are really of the romancy variety. It's there but it didn't make me want to knock their heads together. AND another good thing is that Claire didn't involve herself in the serial killer case..I HATE when author's let their characters have too much leeway into a police investigation..there is just no way legally that can happen. Stop that crap people. Anyways, this author does a good job with that part.

    Another thing Regan did well was the look into a stressed out mom's life. She made me perfectly feel for Leah (the woman that drove into the water)..if you have ever wanted your husband to just help out some with the kids or just to have five minutes peace you know her feelings. Even though I ended up not agreeing with her actions I could completely see where she was coming from.

    This was actually pretty good. It kept me reading and turning pages as fast as I could because I completely wanted to know how it was going to end up.

    I would love to grab up the first book in this series now to see how Claire's history played out, you do get bits and pieces of it in this book but I'm curious now. PS it was fine to read this as a standalone.

  • Mackey St

    What would make a loving, devoted mother smash her car into two others, killing the passengers, before hurling her own vehicle over a bridge into the water below in a purposeful attempt to kill herself and the five children with her? She was a happily married soccer mom who never drank, smoke or fooled around. Her life was perfect. Or was it?

    In this second installment of Lisa Regan's Clair Fletcher series, this question will be asked repeatedly: what was going on in Leah Holloway's life that le

    What would make a loving, devoted mother smash her car into two others, killing the passengers, before hurling her own vehicle over a bridge into the water below in a purposeful attempt to kill herself and the five children with her? She was a happily married soccer mom who never drank, smoke or fooled around. Her life was perfect. Or was it?

    In this second installment of Lisa Regan's Clair Fletcher series, this question will be asked repeatedly: what was going on in Leah Holloway's life that led her to the tragic, horrifying events on that day. The answers, as they slowly unravel, will shock and horrify you!

    Although this is the second in the series, it is very much a stand alone novel. I didn't read the first book and the events were explained in enough detail as this drama unfolded that I had a clear picture of Fletcher and Detective Connor Parks. There were some peripheral characters that weren't given a backstory, but it wasn't relevant to the overall storyline.

    Losing Leah Holloway is more than just a thriller, although it will hold your attention and have you gripping your chair at times. It is the untold story of many women who try very hard to fit the image of perfection in today's society, a society that expects perfection 24/7. When a crack or fissure appears for these women, it is often damaging and unforgivable. Far too many don't have the skills or network around them to cope. We lose them just as we lost Leah Holloway.

    My thanks to Netgalley, Thomas and Mercer and Lisa Regan for my copy of this book.

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 Missed the first one featuring these characters but the author did a good job filling in without interrupting the plot nor repeating herself endlessly. I was quite caught in the web of this mystery, indeed this story starts with a terrible tragedy, and goes on from there. Seems a women who everyone thought they knew so well had some dire secrets that came back to haunt her big time. A serial killer targeting soccer mom's brings Conner, a police detective back into the frame. Reunites he and

    3.5 Missed the first one featuring these characters but the author did a good job filling in without interrupting the plot nor repeating herself endlessly. I was quite caught in the web of this mystery, indeed this story starts with a terrible tragedy, and goes on from there. Seems a women who everyone thought they knew so well had some dire secrets that came back to haunt her big time. A serial killer targeting soccer mom's brings Conner, a police detective back into the frame. Reunites he and Claire as well. Second chances so to speak. Will they get it right this time?

    The writing involving the mystery storyline was very well done. Did think the relationship dialogue between Claire and Conner was sometimes awkward. While I did like the two of them together it sometimes felt like that took up to much of the plot and at inoportune times. Just didn't ring true to me sometimes, critical I know. Other than that the pages turned quickly and I found it very suspenseful without being horribly graphic. My kind of story.

    Another sisters read but this time we all enjoyed this read to varying degrees.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Meredith

    While

    can be read as a standalone, I HIGHLY recommend reading Finding Claire Fletcher first!

    5 years after being rescued from captivity, Claire Fletcher is on her way to recovery. One morning while fishing with her sister, she witnesses a car run off a bridge. Claire runs

    While

    can be read as a standalone, I HIGHLY recommend reading Finding Claire Fletcher first!

    5 years after being rescued from captivity, Claire Fletcher is on her way to recovery. One morning while fishing with her sister, she witnesses a car run off a bridge. Claire runs to the rescue and is able to bring all of the children in the vehicle to safety, but the woman driving, Leah Holloway, chooses to drown.

    This event brings Connor, a police detective, back into Claire’s life and they slowly rekindle their relationship as they try to understand Leah’s motives. What they uncover is that there is a WHOLE lot of sinister and tawdry behavior going on behind the scenes of Leah’s suburban neighborhood. Making things even more interesting is that a serial killer targeting soccer moms is on the loose.

    sucked me in from the beginning--there’s a ton of action, drama, and a little bit of romance. Leah’s story was hard to read, but I think Lisa Regan did a great job of fleshing out her character so that the reader could get a clear picture of what was going on to drive her to suicide (no pun intended).

    It’s rare for me to like a second book in the series more than the first, but this is the case with this book. Claire and Connor’s characters are more developed, and some of the issues I had with the first book were cleaned up in this one. My only complaint is that I wanted more of Claire and Connor! Hoping there is going to be another book in the series!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mary Beth

    This book picks up five years later after the first book, Finding Claire Fletcher. Claire is recovering from her years in captivity. Claire and her sister are enjoying themselves, spending time together fishing. They both end up end up witnessing a car crashing off the bridge into the river. In the car is a woman with her five children. The lady is Leah Holliway. Claire tries to save them and saves the lives of the children. She tries to save the mother, but she does not want to live and she end

    This book picks up five years later after the first book, Finding Claire Fletcher. Claire is recovering from her years in captivity. Claire and her sister are enjoying themselves, spending time together fishing. They both end up end up witnessing a car crashing off the bridge into the river. In the car is a woman with her five children. The lady is Leah Holliway. Claire tries to save them and saves the lives of the children. She tries to save the mother, but she does not want to live and she ends up drowning.

    This then turns into a murder investigation since there is an investigation going on with a serial killer that is going around killing Soccer Mom's. Connor Parks is on the case. What Connor finds out confirms Claire's suspicions of something dreadful between the terrified mother and the Soccer Mom Strangler targeting Soccer Mom's. What they find could be the only way to stop a killer from striking again. They also find out what Holloway was hiding.

    I loved this book as much as I loved the first book in the series. I was hooked from the very beginning and till the very end. It was a very gripping thriller. It is a page turner that is fast paced and full of suspense. I loved the twists and turns. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. I liked this one just as much as I liked the first one. I love the characters especially Connor and Claire. You will want to read the first book before reading this one. I am so looking forward to reading book 3. I highly recommend this series to those that love a great thriller series. I cannot wait for book 3 to come out next year.

    I want to thank Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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