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The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.

One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.

The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…

Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.

On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…

MY THOUGHTS

Patricia Gibney’s Detective Lottie Parker series is one of my favourites, so I was so excited to read the latest book in this series which is going from strength to strength. This book is also perhaps the most gripping, and perhaps the darkest, of all her novels.

In Tell Nobody the town of Ragmullin is gripped by fear once again, as a killer is loose on the streets, leaving very few clues for the police to follow, and the police know that they are running out of time before the killer will strike again. The cases are very harrowing in this book. And once more the case that Lottie is investigating drifts a little too close to home for her liking, as her son Sean is involved and becomes a key witness to the crimes that have taken place.

There are several intriguing strands to this novel. At the start, a young woman presents herself at the police station and makes a startling declaration that she killed someone, before collapsing. But who did she kill? A short while later a baby’s body, the baby just a few hours old, is discovered in a pond a short distance away.

The opening chapter immediately got me thinking as I wanted to know who it was the young woman had killed and if her statement has anything to do with the discovery that is later made. But events soon take an even more disturbing turn when the body of a young boy, left in plain sight for someone to easily discover, is found, and Lottie and her team soon fear that they are looking at the work of a potential serial killer. Lottie is under a lot of pressure from her boss in this book to get answers quickly.

There is certainly an edgier feel to the plot of this book, and there is a more ominous tone. Even Lottie and her team don’t appear to be getting on as well as they have in previous books. Boyd is very sharp and to the point, and Lynch begins to accuse Lottie of having an affair with her husband. This creates a very frosty atmosphere at the station, it did leave me wondering if they were going to solve the murders as they weren’t working as well as they previously have together.

Even though this is the fifth book in this series, Lottie is still a fascinating character who continues to intrigue me. We’re always learning more about her troubled past which we have only recently begun to see the full picture of.  Patricia is always throwing obstacles in her path which threaten to unbalance her life even further. She is still under a lot of stress in her home life as well as at work; Patricia really doesn’t make things easy for her.

Tell Nobody is another fantastic addition to this series. It is in my opinion, Patricia Gibney’s best book to date. The final chapters of this book really do ratchet up the tension making for a brilliant and captivating finale. You will not be able to put this book down! If you’re not yet following this series, you really need to be.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 3rd October 2018

Print length: 458 pages

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The Lost Child: A gripping detective thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 3) by [Gibney, Patricia]

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‘Let me out! Please…’ My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes…

Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farmhouse in the bleak Irish countryside. Inside, she finds a scene that speaks of uncontrollable rage: glasses smashed, chairs ripped apart, the woman’s body broken.

A black rain jacket makes Lottie think she knows the killer’s identity, but then she finds a disturbing clue: is the murder linked to an old case at St Declan’s asylum? A case investigated by her own father, just before he took his life.

When another victim is left without her tongue on the hospital steps, and a young girl goes missing, Lottie knows she has to act fast. Can she face her own demons and uncover the truth before another life is taken?

MY THOUGHTS

Wow, that bombshell that Patricia Gibney dropped at the end of this book. I just thought I would put that at the start of my review as I am still trying to come to terms with what I have just read. It has made me download the next book in the series straight away.

I really am kicking myself that I have fallen behind on this rather excellent crime series by Patricia Gibney. With the fifth book being published next month I thought it was high time that I caught up. It’s been great catching up with Detective Lottie Parker and her work partner Detective Mark Boyd again and seeing where they all are with their lives. Lottie is a character who has steadily grown on me; she is a character who has faced terrible times recently; still struggling to get over the death of her husband who died several years earlier, Lottie is turning once again to alcohol to solve her problems. You can see the tremendous effect that her misfortunes have had on her, and in this book, you can see that she is not quite on the other side. But she has also got her hands full at home with her new grandson taking up most of her time.

In The Lost Child, the discovery of the body of an elderly woman in her daughter’s home marks the start of a twisty investigation that opens up many different avenues for Lottie and her team to get to grips with. What at first appears to be a domestic incident to the police quickly escalates into a series of events, which includes the burning of a cottage; the disappearance of a young girl, and a possible connection to a drugs ring. I was hooked on this story. I wanted to see just how the different strands were going to come together and it was done in a very clever way.

We also have the narrative of a child from the 70s and 80s running through the story, which is how the novel opens. This was what initially gripped me as I wanted to know who this child was and who the person was who was keeping them captive, how would this feed into the events that were taking place in the present day? You immediately get that claustrophobic feeling as you are reading Patricia’s words which sets the tone of the story. The way how this part of the story unfolds at the end of the book is shocking.

What Patricia Gibney does so well in the book is that she weaves a well thought out backstory linking the crimes that are taking place which Lottie is investigating. There is a historical element to her latest book as well; this is another point that makes this book really intriguing; there is always more for Lottie to uncover. The story is very well plotted, and I really liked how everything came together as Lottie and her team finally got to the truth as to why these crimes were happening to the family involved.

What I also liked about this book was Lottie’s relationship with Detective Boyd. There has always been a spark between them and in this book you can see it beginning to grow. Patricia has left me wondering if anything more will come of it. They work really well together; I’m hoping that there could be a future for them.

There are some very harrowing scenes in this book and some gruesome moments which will make your skin crawl, but The Lost Child is an absolutely riveting read that will keep you intrigued. If you’re looking for a crime thriller that is steeped in family secrets and that has an impressive twist, I think you will really enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 27th October 2017

Print length: 448 pages

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