The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney

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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.



Everything about this books screams ‘Read me’ 

It is absolutely amazingly plotted and is an magnificent start to a crime series thriller.

It is chillingly atmospheric and Detective Lottie Parker is an issue laden, both smart and tough and is quite honestly is someone many women can and will identify with. With Boyd by her side, and their romantic history, I found this a gripping and tense but brilliant read.

The Missing Ones is a book with a difference, it leads you to decisions and is so well told I honestly questioned every step of Lotties investigation into a couple of brutal but connected murders.

Gibney has written a debut, well deserved, of a book ‘Oscar’, She grabs the reader by the short and curlies and disturbs, twists and darkly enters our minds, making us as uncomfortable and eager for more. You would never believe that this is her first novel and I can’t wait for the next one.

It is one excellent tale, skillful and masterful and is a definite recommended read from me.


More, more, more, please Ms Gibney.



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