Saturday, March 10, 2018

24. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

listened on Audible
read in a gorgeous Irish lilt by
2017 Bookouture
(13:55 unabridged) 424 pgs.
Adult Murder Mystery/Police Procedural
Finished March 10, 2018
Goodreads rating: 4.1 - 15,674 ratings
My rating:  4
Setting:  Contemporary small-town Ireland

First line/s:  "Susan Sullivan was on her way to meet the one person she was most scared of."

My comments:This was an interesting, though very drawn out, mystery.  Most of the time I didn't like the protagonist much of the time, which makes me wonder how much that affects someone's rating of a book?  The Irish setting was enhanced greatly by listening to this being read in a gorgeous Irish lilt.  However, although I didn't particularly care for Lottie Parker, I could understand - and even relate - to her.  The mystery was intriguing, with a few Red Herrings thrown in.  I'll definitely read a second in  the series.

Goodreads 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. 
          Fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will be gripped by this page-turning serial killer thriller, guaranteed to keep you reading late into the night.

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