The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney


What the blurb says:

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.


My review:

The Missing Ones starts with one hell of a bang and you just know that you are in for a dark and disturbing read! You are not mistaken!

When a woman is found murdered in the cathedral and quickly followed by the discovery of the body of a man hanging outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker knows that there is something dark at play but she is not quite sure what the missing link is. The investigation uncovers the common thread of St Angela’s a former Children’s Home. The race is on to uncover the secrets of St Angela’s. There are twists and turns throughout the book and it will keep you guessing right up until the end.
To be honest, I struggled to connect with Lottie right up until the end of the book, I found myself getting frustrated by her at times and her unwillingness to connect with others including her family and colleagues. At times I just wanted to shake her! However, by the end of the book, I found myself warming to her as more of her background was revealed. I loved Detective Boyd, Lottie’s partner in the police force and felt at times he was the stronger character in the storyline.
This is a dark book with its main theme, mostly told through flashbacks, of child abuse and while it is not overly graphic in content, the reader is left in no doubt of the horrors that these kids went through at the hands of those meant to look after them.
Overall I enjoyed this book, I love the genre, the subject matter and the plot lines. It twisted and it turned pulling you in all roads leading you to the conclusion. My only criticism of the book was the length, I felt it was just a bit too long and there were parts of the book that seemed a bit too padded out for me. However, I would and I will read the next in the Lottie Parker series as I think there is definitely the beginning of a fabulous series in there!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookoture for the chance to read an ARC of #TheMissingOnes

To purchase the book, head on over to Amazon and get clicking! The Missing Ones will be published on 16th March 2017

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