The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture



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?”

How’s that for a prologue?

The Missing Ones is the first instalment in a brand new series featuring DI Lottie Parker and Patricia Gibney immediately hits a home run with her debut!

Set in a fictitious town in Ireland, this story has everything. From murder, to child abuse, to corruption and a whole lot of crazy. Gibney offers a multi-layered plot with various threads that come together in a most satisfying ending. Sometimes pacy and action packed, other times sad and heartbreaking, this was one engrossing read.

DI Lottie Parker is a single mom with three teenaged children. Her husband passed away a few years ago and Lottie struggles to combine her demanding job with the needs of her children, while still trying to come to terms with the loss of her husband. There’s also a great backstory that ties in nicely with the case Lottie is currently working on.

The book is quite long so don’t start this one if you don’t have a whole afternoon to spare because you’ll want to read it one sitting. Still, at no point does it drag on or become boring. The plot is exquisitely constructed with a host of utterly realistic characters and delicious chemistry between Lottie and her colleague Boyd. Admittedly, I’m not usually a fan of romance in my crime fiction but I’m rooting for these two like you wouldn’t believe.

While the case is absolutely engrossing, it’s also Lottie’s private life that really grabbed my attention. I’m sure it’s something many career women can relate to.

This is one fabulous way to start a new series and I can’t wait to follow Lottie on her next case.

  10 comments for “The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture

  1. March 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I’m also reading this at the moment and really enjoying it! Great review 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Christine
    March 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Nice writeup, Dee. I loved this book and am thrilled to have another sparkling new author to follow!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Me too! I’m already rather impatiently awaiting book two!


  3. March 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I really liked this one too and loved the chemistry between Lottie and Boyd 😉


  4. March 22, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I started this one yesterday. I’m on chapter 20 and I’m just not loving it. I’ve read so may good things so I’m trying to stick it out.


    • March 22, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Aw, I’m sorry to hear you’re not enjoying it. We can’t all like the same things though. That would be boring!

      Liked by 1 person

      • March 22, 2017 at 12:46 am

        Im hoping I end up liking it better when I finish it.


  5. Fictionophile
    April 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    This novel is on my TBR for review. After reading your review I’m looking forward to it more than ever.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Oh, the pressure! 😄 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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