Today I’m thrilled to be the next Stop on the Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer blog tour, also joining me is fellow book blogger Sean so don’t forget to pop by his blog and read his review for this gripping thriller http://seansbookreviews.wordpress.com. Little Girl Lost is Gripping, fast paced and nailbitingly tense, crime thriller, with a serial killer that will chill you to the bone.
A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told. A little girl in terrible danger.
A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances and a man is murdered at a local reservoir. For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the cases. But as she starts to delve into them, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?
But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted. Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …
Carol Wyer is better known for her light hearted novels but she has taken a bold step and moved to the “dark side”, and I for one was surprised at just how well she’s adapted to writing a Crime thriller. Little Girl Lost has all the hallmarks I look for in a crime thriller and then some. The first chapter made for a dark and disturbing read and this set the tone for the rest of this book. After reading Little Girl Lost I’m convinced Carol Wyer needs to concentrate on writing crime thrillers, she certainly has the ability and the imagination.
To begin with I was slightly confused (it doesn’t take much believe me!) by the various POV Little Girl Lost is told by. Firstly there’s Detective Robyn Carter who is investigating the disappearance of a man who vanishes under suspicious circumstances, the second POV is from Abigail a young mother whose perfect life appears to be under threat, and finally there’s Alice, someone who suffered unbelievable trauma as a child. Once I got used to the constant switching of characters I found it actually made this an even more intriguing read, as I was constantly second guessing how the three POV would join together. Carol Wyer certainly gets extra brownie points for being so devious in her ploy to lead the reader in the wrong direction at every turn.
The author has created an intriguing bunch of characters Detective Robyn Carter like most Detective’s in this genre has issues, grieving for the love of her life she buries herself in her work, but she also has personality that shines through. I’m intrigued to see how her character will develop in future books in the series. I also couldn’t help feeling empathy for one of the characters despite them carrying out the most hideous crimes, their character was so well developed you couldn’t help feeling for them considering all the trauma they suffered.
This was certainly a gripping read, Carol Wyer presents the reader with a large jigsaw puzzle, or that’s what it felt like, I found myself constantly wondering how the pieces would fit together, but the author very skilfully puts them all together in the most spectacular way. Steeped in mystery and suspense I found Little Girl Lost an original and entertaining read, and I will certainly read the next book in the series without hesitation.
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐out of 5
Print Length: 274 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (19 Jan. 2017)
As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.
Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.
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