I’m thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for the marvellous The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney today. Many thanks to Kim at Bookouture for having me on the tour!
Author : Patricia Gibney
Title : The Stolen Girls
Pages : 459
Series : DI Lottie Parker
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : July 6, 2017
The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.
Could this be the same girl?
When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.
Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?
Hoo boy, can Patricia Gibney spin a tale! A few months ago, I was raving about The Missing Ones and it looks like I’ll be doing the same again.
The Stolen Girls is the second book in the Lottie Parker series and I’m already telling you now that no, you shouldn’t read this as a stand-alone. Lottie and her family are struggling with the devastating consequences of the case in the previous book and if you don’t know what happened there, you’re missing out on quite a bit.
A young woman and her son appear on Lottie’s doorstep, asking for help in finding a missing friend on the same day the body of a young woman is found during roadworks. Is it the same woman? Or someone else? Then the body of a second woman is found. How are these victims linked? And why is it always the same person who’s finding these bodies?
The opening chapter alone is like a kick to the stomach and from that moment on, I already knew this was going to be another corker of a book! Soon I found myself completely immersed in the dark underworld of human trafficking, prostitution and organ theft. Yes, you read that right.
This is Lottie’s first case back after the events from book one and she’s immediately thrown into the deep end. Her children are struggling too and are keeping secrets from her. Meanwhile Boyd’s not-yet-ex-wife Jackie makes a surprise return to town. What does she want? And can Boyd resist her?
Once again, Patricia Gibney comes up with an intricate and multi-layered plot that has its roots fixed firmly in the past. It’s dark, disturbing and heartbreaking. I really enjoy the balance between the case Lottie is working on and her private life. I care about these characters and what happens to them and it’s one of the things that will make me come back for more. I cannot wait for book three!
Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy, which I received through Netgalley and chose to review honestly.
The Stolen Girls will be published on July 6th.
Patricia yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.
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