It’s an honour today to be able to share my review for The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney as part of the blog tour. I absolutely loved this book. Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the chance.
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?
Release date – July 6th 2017
Published by – Bookouture
Having absolutely loved The Missing Ones I couldn’t wait to see how Lottie Parker and her family were fairing up and to see what was in store for them next and I have to say I was not disappointed in the slightest with The Stolen Girls.
DI Lottie Parker is returning to work after a few months off, a single mum to three teenagers its a difficult job juggling family life and work and on her return Lottie is thrown straight into another murder case when a body is found. Not only does the body count rise but her children, still suffering from the devastating events in book one, seem to be keeping secrets from her.
The opening chapter had me hooked, shocked and my heart was in my mouth. I knew straight away that I wasn’t going to get much sleep and I was totally engrossed. With small chapters this is one of those books that you think just one more chapter but that doesn’t happen and before you know it you’re half way through the book.
The book is set it two parts, you have present time Ragmullin and Kosovo 1999, it was at this time the book was more harrowing with gritty and dark scenes. It was really interesting to see how they would fit together and Patricia Gibney has done it wonderfully well. Gibney really seems to be able to bring the characters to life and I’ve really grown to like Lottie and her partner Boyd. There’s a chemistry between the pair and I love the banter they have, they work really well together.
The Stolen Girls isn’t just about the crimes, we delve into the problems that Lottie faces with her family too and this is what makes the character more appealing I think. She’s human (okay fictional human), you know what I mean though. She’s easy to relate to and you can’t help caring for her and hoping for the best outcome.
I take my hat off to Patricia Gibney, this is fast becoming one of my favourite series, with it’s multi-layered plot that’s full of suspense, real feeling characters and just utter brilliance, The Stolen Girls is a must read. I highly recommend you read The Missing Ones first though, not only is it fantastic but The Stolen Girls continues with the aftermath of events in book one. Both highly recommended and 5 star reads.
Patricia yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when 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.
You can connect with Patricia Gibney at the following links below.