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The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney #BookReview @trisha460 @Bookouture

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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

img_1258Oh my giddy aunt I think I have found a new crime author to add to my “must read” list. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney has the makings of an outstanding crime thriller series. I find it incredible that this is the authors debut novel, as it’s polished, well plotted and gripping.With a disturbing prologue and a “heart in your mouth” first chapter (which chilled me to the bone) I found myself absorbed in this dark and disconcerting tale. The author has a such a unique way of describing her characters and surroundings that you can conjure up the atmosphere and scenes with ease, in fact they were so well described at times I felt I was there amid the investigation.

The Missing Ones introduces Detective Lottie Parker who is called in to lead the investigation. When two people are found dead in very different circumstances. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? It’s up to Lottie with the help of her partner Boyd to find out. Lottie Parker is pretty screwed up, yes like so many fictional detectives she has issues, a widow with three children she struggles to balance both her home and work life, she uses alcohol and pain medication as a crutch, but she’s also very likeable, she’s feisty, opinionated and determined, but her relationship with fellow team member Boyd shows her softer side.

As the investigation gains momentum the author weaves an intricate plot that makes it difficult to guess the perpetrator from a long list of possibles, which add a genuine sense of mystery and unease to the tale. Unusually for me I wasn’t able to guess where the plot was leading but every time I thought I had it all figured out the author very deviously threw a curve ball, which is always a plus when reading a crime thriller. The Missing Ones deals with the uncomfortable subject of child abuse but the author manages to deal with the issues with a great deal of sympathy, and there are no particular graphic scenes in case you were wondering. This book has many themes, past sins, abuse, cover ups, and evil although highly used in crime thrillers the author still manages to add her own original slant to them, making for a engrossing read.

As the plot progresses the Investigation appears to be going no where, as it throws up more questions than answers Lottie’s sense of frustration is palatable.There are plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments and enough twists and turns in this novel to keep even the most hardened crime thriller lover reading late into the night. The Missing Ones has chills and thrills galore, well plotted with multi dimensional characters, it’s a promising start to a new series. I’m eager to see how Lottie’s character will evolve. In my opinion Patricia Gibney has written a very accomplished debut crime thriller and one I would be more than happy to recommend to fans of crime thrillers.

Print Length: 518 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (16 Mar. 2017)

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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I managed to read four books this week, which I’m  pretty pleased with. As from Monday I will be starting my new job which means back to good old shift work 😢 so it’s unlikely I will be reading  more than two books a week. So I might not be posting as many blog posts in the weeks to come as obviously books read equal reviews to post, but time will tell.

Books read

Blink by K L Slater

The One by John Marrs 

Backstabber by Kimberley Chambers 

The Break Down by B A Paris 

Book Post 

I love the cover of this book it’s a real beauty, but from what I’ve read it’s anything BUT a beautiful read! I’m looking forward to reading this one soon.

Books  I’ve bought this week

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I bought five books this week all are by authors I haven’t read before, remember in my yearly wrap up I said I wanted to read more books by new authors well I thought I would start with these.

The Reaper by Steven Dunne

The Disciple by Steven Dunne

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent 

What Remains Of Me by A. L Gaylin 

ARC’s

I’ve kept away from NetGalley as much as possible,but yet again Bookouture are my downfall 🙈 so I have Two ARC’s, in my defence one of them is for a blog tour so that doesn’t really count, or so I’m trying to convince myself 😂😂

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Book description

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.

 

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Book description

She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

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Next Week on the book review café

**Blog Tour** Ledston Luck by Andrew Barrett – Author interview

**Guest Post** by J.M. Richardson author Of The Barataria Key

**Blog Tour** Guest post by CJ Carver Author Of Tell Me A Lie @C_J_Carver

#TopFiveThursday

and hopefully a couple of reviews