The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney (Lottie Parker #1)

The Missing Ones Synopsis: 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 Rating: 4/5

My Review: I have had this author on my Kindle for years and just never got round to reading her. I know that she has now written quite a few books in this series, and wanted to sink my teeth into a new one so chose Lottie Parker book 1! Lottie is put in charge of a murder investigation when a body is found in a church. Along with her colleague Boyd they get started and before long a second body is found and then to top it all off a priest goes missing.

In all honesty I found this book a little slow to begin with but it almost feels like the author is warming up and maybe being a little tentative with the readers. I wondered if I would struggle but found myself endeared with both Lottie and Boyd her colleague. As the book progresses it felt like the author had really hit her stride and by the end I wanted to go straight onto book 2 (always a good sign).

I have slightly changed the way I review as I don’t feel the need to dredge up the story line (there is enough of that in the synopsis), however what I will say is that although I felt the story was a slow starter by the halfway mark it had me fully immersed. I love the fact that the characters and area are explained well by the author and you get a real feel for the settings along with the characters. For the first book in the series this was really good and I am now looking forward to getting stuck in and caught up with the other 7 books!

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