The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.
Could this be the same girl?
When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.
Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?
My Book Review
The Stolen Girls is the second in the series surrounding Detective Inspector Lottie Parker by Patricia Gibney.
DI Lottie returns to work after several months off dealing with the aftermath of a previous murder case, which left her and her family fractured. Almost in an instant Lottie is thrown back into a new criminal case where the body count rises and the search to find the killer widens. The book spans between Ragmullin and Kosovo, what is the connection, Lottie needs to piece it together, trying to get ahead of the killer.
Lottie is still very much flying on a wing and a prayer, or by the seat of her pants, she is disorganised, flawed but with a big heart, a very likeable character who is a working mum with a career drive. Lottie can be quite curt with her subordinates when they step out of line, but I think this is another part of Lottie which is character defining.
Patricia has written The Stolen girls with some hard-hitting topics, sex trafficking, rape, self-harm. I can’t fault the subject matters as Patricia has written it well without over indulging, just presenting enough to keep it real.
I can’t believe how much I was drawn into this book, Patricia has written another unputdownable police procedural which is fast-paced and a page-turner of epic proportions. I can honestly say I’m still going over the book in my head days after reading it. I would recommend reading The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls, but they could also be read as a stand-alone, there is enough back story and information in The Stolen girls to make it possible.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Patricia Gibney for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
I secured an agent in January 2016 and she is fighting my corner in an effort to get my debut novel published.
Three years ago, I decided to get serious about it. I joined The Irish Writers Centre. Started doing courses. I love reading crime thrillers so it was obvious to me to start writing in the crime genre. And let me tell you, it is not easy. A crime novel needs to be tightly plotted and plotting is the bane of my life. I prefer to write straight off the top of my head. Oh, Oh. Feels good when writing but then comes the editing. I lost 20,000 words in the process. But at least I am proud to say I got it done.
I am now writing the second novel in the series, featuring Lottie Parker and a host of credible characters. They are all part of my extended family, you know the kind – people you love one minute and want to kill the next!
So join me on this journey and lets see where it leads us.