The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

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Book Description

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 View

What a storyline, Patricia Gibney has managed to capture everything in this heart wrenching thriller, there are aspects of love, hate, abuse and historical factors in this captivating debut thriller. I personally found it very easy to engulf myself in the story yes some parts are hard hitting but not in-depth, if they weren’t in the book then the story wouldn’t have been believable.

The prologue for The Missing Ones is breathtakingly, it sweeps you up with a strong element of suspense, in particular for me there was a line that made my heart stop and miss a beat…

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

As the investigation into the deaths of seemingly unrelated victims unfolds, Detective Lottie searching for the answers, delves into the past. A cold case that Lottie vowed to resolve, has all the indications with the current murders to be linked together by St. Angela’s. Its a race against time to apprehend the culprit before more individuals are lost, to the repeat of history.

Detective Lottie has a strong willed persona but has cracks in her façade where she struggles to differentiate between work and family. Lottie is a larger than life character and quite strong willed. I fell for her personality she is full of wit and guile with the odd trace of sarcasm which lends a hand to her sometimes landing herself in trouble with her superiors.

I didn’t want The Missing Ones to come to an end, I was so wrapped up in the story and the characters it was impossible for me to put it down at times. The book is a roller-coaster of a journey where there are some magnificent highs but the inevitable lows are where you try not consume yourself with the tragedy that has befallen some of the characters.

I applaud Patricia for a fantastic debut thriller and I wait with baited breath for the next instalment of Detective Lottie Parker.

If there is any book to be read in 2017 this is it, full of grit, spills and thrills, a thriller which will take you down a path of no return until the very last page.

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