Author : Carol Wyer
Title : The Missing Girls
Series : DI Robyn Carter #3
Pages : 408
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : September 14, 2017
When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.
No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.
As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.
Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?
Goodness gracious me, this series just keeps getting better and better!
The third instalment in the DI Robyn Carter series starts off with a truly gut-wrenching and harrowing chapter. Just like that, I knew I was in for another treat.
When DI Shearer is given a tip about drugs stashed away in a storage unit, things don’t quite go as planned. There are no drugs. There is however a trunk with the body of a young woman inside. CCTV footage reveals very little and the woman who left the trunk in the unit is proving hard to find. And then another girl goes missing. Are these disappearances connected and if so, how?
I truly adore Robyn and her team. There’s fun banter, they don’t seem to waste time on petty rivalries and even DI Tom Shearer was almost likeable. I wonder how long he can keep it up! Things aren’t all rosy at the station though, with a new chief in town who’s a bit harder to win over than his predecessor and Robyn must fight and come up with a lot more than pure instinct to convince the new boss that she’s on the right path.
The investigation into the missing girls is incredibly scary as it’s highly realistic and believable in this day and age. But that’s all I’ll say about that because I don’t want to give anything away. In an odd sort of way, I could almost sympathise with the killer. Their reasons for doing what they’re doing are really rather heartbreaking. Suffice to say the brilliantly executed plot is disturbing and tense, truly gripping and compelling. And it makes me wish I had more of an idea about what my thirteen year old niece gets up so she stays safe.
And then! I don’t normally make a habit of mentioning the ending. But holy cow, the ending! Talk about being utterly sucker-punched! I was so blown away, I almost thought the world tilted off its axis! This is how you make sure the reader comes back for more!
Carol Wyer strikes again and continues to up her game. As this series goes from strength to strength, I can hardly wait to get my grabby hands on book four! Did I mention that ending?!
Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!
The Missing Girls was published on September 14th.