I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Patricia Gibney’s debut novel, The Missing Ones, along with my awesome fellow blogger,
Tracy Shepherd over at Postcard Reviews
Here’s the blurb . . .
Bookouture (16 Mar. 2017)
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.
My thoughts . . .
Detective Lottie Parker knows heartache.
Her husband died, her father killed himself and her brother went missing, without a trace, many years ago. As she struggles though life as a police detective and mother to three teenagers, she is still trying to find an inner peace and put her ghosts to rest.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a twisty, gritty and compelling read.
In all honesty, I sometimes groan when I see that a new female detective, in a new police procedural series, has been brought to the pages. There are so many out there now, not that that is a bad thing, however, I have seen some authors who feel that they are going to bring fresh to the table but don’t.
But Gibney got this one right.
There are some strong elements of a psychological thriller, although the focus is on the policing side of the narrative.
This is a really strong debut, a clever start with a group of promising characters who I really do want to see more of in the future.
I liked Gibney’s writing style; strong, flowing and intelligent.
The story line, which flits, nicely and seamlessly I must add, between past and present, is strong and solid and drags you straight in, urging you to read just one more chapter.
There is a little element of a love interest, a pretty standard ‘will-they-won’t-they’ situation and I’m looking forward to seeing where Gibney decides to go with that thread in future books. As for Parker’s relationships with the other characters in this book, I really do want to see how they develop.
All in all, The Missing Ones is great and promising start to a new series and I will certainly be recommending it.
My thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the tour and for my review copy.
You can get your copy now over at Amazon UK and Amazon.Com
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