“The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.
The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’
When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?
The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.
As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?
Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.
Fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will be gripped by this page-turning serial killer thriller, guaranteed to keep you reading late into the night.”
I am delighted to welcome you to my stop on the The Missing Ones blog tour. The Missing Ones is the debut novel from Patricia Gibney and features kick-ass Detective Inspector Lottie Parker. The lovely Susan over at Books From Dusk till Dawn is also featuring on the blog tour today, so make sure you pop over and give her a follow (if you don’t already that is!).
DI Lottie Parker is thrown into the middle of an investigation and begins to flounder from the very start. Her two victims are very obviously connected somehow, but what that connection is is beyond Lottie and her team. Lottie is struggling with her own life having recently lost her husband and being the sole carer to her three teenage children. Regular disagreements with her interfering, overbearing mother don’t help the situation. But Lottie knows she needs to find justice for the victims and throws herself head first into the investigation. Before long her attention is drawn to St Angela’s children’s home where, in the 70’s and 80’s evil roamed the corridors. Run by the Catholic Church, St Angela’s holds terrifying secrets that someone doesn’t want shared. How far are they, and most importantly, how far is Lottie prepared to go? Far enough to put her own children into mortal danger…?
This is a chilling read. The subject matter is hard going at times but handled incredibly well by the author. The sections where you’re reading about the children of St Angela’s are pretty intense but well written, creating an air of unease and uncomfortable expectation.
I loved the setting. I have read a number of outstanding Irish crime thrillers this year and this one stands strong alongside them. It’s an incredibly atmospheric read and you feel as though you are there, traipsing through the snow with Lottie and her team.
DI Lottie Parker is in an intriguing character and one I would like to read more of. I felt I could sympathise with her situation but her parenting skills really irked me at times. She’s doing the best she can with the situation she’s in but I felt she neglected her children a lot of the time in favour of the job. Now, I don’t claim to be super-mum but c’mon Lottie…they’re your kids! Saying that, the story-line would have faltered quite early on without her questionable parenting, so I can understand why it was necessary for her to be so work focused.
Lottie’s relationship with DS Boyd is an interesting one. They’re colleagues and sparring partners, yes. But there’s something else there too. They do have a brief personal past together and I wonder if this is something we will see built upon in future books. There’s definitely friction there along with a rather large dollop of chemistry.
I found the plot compelling and whenever I had to put the book down, I wanted to get straight back to the story. There is a lot of action (which can only be a good thing), with twists and turns along the way to wrong foot you. I’m afraid I was able to tell ‘whodunit’ quite early on in the story but this didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the book.
Would I recommend this book? I would, particularly if you’re a fan of dark crime fiction or have a penchant (like me!) for Irish crime. It’s a good solid start to what promises to be a cracking new series and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an ARC of The Missing Ones. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney was published in the UK by Bookouture on 16th March 2017 and is available in paperback, eBook and audio formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
Patricia yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.