Little Girl Lost

Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series

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Her breath rose and fell in fearful gasps but it was too late. She could already see what she dreaded most. The back seat was empty. 

Her little girl was gone. 

Abigail
 lives the perfect life with her doting husband and adorable baby Izzy. But someone knows a secret about Abigail and they want the truth to be told.

When Izzy is snatched from a carpark, it becomes as case for Detective Robyn Carter. Someone has been sending threatening messages to Abigail from an anonymous number. What is Abigail hiding? 

Roby’s instincts tell her there’s a connection between Izzy’s abduction and two murders she is investigating. But the last time she acted on impulse her fiancé was killed. To break this case and earn her place back on the force, she must learn to trust herself again – and fast. Robyn is on the hunt for a ruthless serial killer. And unless she gets to the twisted individual in time a little girl will die ….

Gripping, fast paced and nail-bitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

What everyone is saying about Little Girl Lost:

'What a page turner! Wow. My head was spinning from the first page to the last. I was so gripped by the introduction to the characters and then just pulled right into the meat of the thriller until the very last page! Five Stars!Jersey Girl Forever

'The suspense was fantastic ...the drive to keep turning pages was overpowering ...really well written I want more!The Belgian Reviewer

'This book totally gripped me from start to finish. It is a very cleverly crafted thriller which leaves no loose ends. Five stars!Sincerely Book Angels

'I was gripped from the first page it was really good. I couldn't put it down, I was engaged right through to the end of the book. A solid 5 out of 5.Bonnie's Book Talk

'If I didn’t have do to things like work, Little Girl Lost would have been a one-sitting read. As it was, it was still a one day read before work, at lunch, and finishing it up late last night. It was that suspenseful.Unrepetant Bibliovores

'Wow! What a book! I started reading it and couldn't stop - kept turning the pages and finished it in one sitting ...I am absolutely blown away!For the Love of Books

'This was such a good book, I hardly know where to start. This was like a merry - go - round .. up and down, around and around. Five Stars!' Strong Book Reviews

'OMG what can I say? This is the first book I have read by Carol Wyer and I find it very hard to believe that this is her first thriller. I was totally hooked from the first page and the suspense kept delivering all the way through the book right to the last page with several red herrings to keep the reader guessing. This is a very special book that has all the makings of a bestseller and I eagerly await the next in the series.All Things Books

'An exciting female detective and thrilling storytelling ...I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series!' Reviewing and Recommended Reads

'Wow! What a book! I started reading it and couldn't stop - kept turning the pages and finished it in one sitting!' Renita D'Silva

'This was certainly a gripping read, Carol Wyer presents the reader with a large jigsaw puzzle, or that's what it feels like I found myself constantly wondering how the pieces would fit together, but the author very skilfully puts them all together in the most spectacular way. I will certainly read the next book in the series without hesitationThe Book Review Cafe 

'Can't wait to see what is next in store for D.I.Robyn Carter!' Best Crime Books and More
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Jan 19, 2017
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9781786811226
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Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn't want to put it down – it’s one of the best I've read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

 

Colourful, plastic boats were scattered in puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, lips a shade of blue, and bloodshot eyes wide open.

 

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and a second victim with a receipt confirms her worst fears.

 

There are no witnesses. The victims had no debts. With the body count rising and the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime in record time. But her team can’t find a link between the victims, and the cracks are starting to show.

 

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers photographs in two of the victims’ houses, which she thinks could unlock the case. But as she hones in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

 

Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

 

A heart-pounding, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

 

What readers are saying about the Secrets of the Dead:

‘Fantastic! So good to the point that I finished it in just over a day! ... Wow, wow, wow. This was a great book!! ... kept me hooked from page one ... genuinely didn’t guess who it was until it was revealed! There are lots of twists and turns, and a great ending! I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Stardust Book Reviews 5*


‘I loved every page ... captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages ... 5-shining stars ... I loved it!’ Write Escape

 

‘Thrilling, suspenseful and nail-biting ... will keep you up on edge and not wanting to stop reading. Carol has definitely succeeded in keeping her fans enthralled!’ A Jersey Girl 5*

 

‘Carol Wyer  IS. ON. FIRE. ... I LOVED it ... The creep factor and suspense run high throughout the pages ... excellent.’ Prose and Palate 5*

 

‘Gave you that 'just one more page' feeling.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Carol Wyer has hit another home-run ... really drew me in from the start. This killer displays a whole other level of creepy crazy ... Gripping and engrossing, this series is quickly becoming another firm favourite for me and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next one.’ Novel Deelights 5*

 

‘Wow ... awesome ... kept me gripped right from the start through to the last page.  It was a real page turner that I couldn't put down ... a solid 5 stars.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk 5*

‘I felt I was working on the case myself! ... had me gripped and I took every opportunity to read just one more chapter.’ Stef Loz Book Blog


‘Chilling crime novel ... I love DI Robyn Carter and really feel for her ... instantly hooked at the beginning the tension kept me enthralled throughout.’ Sincerely Book Angels

 

‘Read in 2 sittings couldn't put it down.’ Best Crime Books and More

 

‘Opens at ‘Break-Neck Speed’ ... will take you on a thrilling ride that you won’t want to get off ... a fast-paced, intriguing ‘OMG I NEED TO READ MORE’ type of plotline, once started there is no going back. I couldn’t put the book down I needed to read it all, definitely a one-sitting read. I Dare You To Ignore Secrets of the Dead.’ Sweet Little Book Blog 5*

One girl found dead. Another girl gone...

 

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever.

 

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?

 

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

 

What readers are saying about The Missing Girls:

‘Absolutely blew me away! ... man was this amazing! ... Would I recommend this book? YES! A million times yes! I can’t say enough amazing things about The Missing Girls.’ Mini Mac Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Fantastic, right from page one I was totally hooked. I loved the characters, the story, and the writing style, everything about it.  This book was full of twists and turns, it was emotional, dark in places and impossible to put down. I genuinely didn’t guess the ending which was awesome! ... one of the best books that I have read so far in 2017. Totally deserves 5 Stars.’ Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars

 

‘Wow, wow, wow!! What a fantastic book ... I literally cannot wait until the next book. This series is getting stronger with every book, and if you haven’t read them yet, then this is a huge recommendation for you to do so. Fantastic author, fantastic series, fantastic book! Five big fat stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Truly gripping and compelling ... holy cow, the ending! Talk about being utterly sucker-punched! I was so blown away, I almost thought the world tilted off its axis! ... I can hardly wait to get my grabby hands on book four! Did I mention that ending?!’ Novel Delights, 5 stars

 

‘Wow! Where to start? I absolutely loved this book and was actually sad when I finished it ... I was so so sad to bid farewell to Robyn Carter. She is such a fabulous character. She is strong, intelligent, tough but compassionate ... This is one of the best crime books I have read this year ... I am eagerly awaiting the next book! Like really REALLY cannot wait for the next book! I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Holy Missing Girls Batman by Carol Wyer. Okay, that’s not the real title of the book, but that’s how I felt after I read it. WOW ... The Missing Girls is five no-brainer stars for me. I simply can’t wait for the next instalment.’ Dark Twisty Books, 5 stars

 

‘Bloody Brilliant! ... sensational, suspenseful and gripping ...  I'm now eagerly awaiting the next instalment.’ Sincerely Book Angels

 

‘Worms its way into your brain and you can't let it go! ... I fell in love with the writing and could not put it down ... Loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘It had me gripped and I had to read just one more chapter, and another one … After getting to the end of this one I really, really can’t wait for the next one!’ Stef Loz Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Stayed up too late to read it one sitting, unable to put it down ... an excellent read ... which I have no hesitation in recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn't want to put it down – it’s one of the best I've read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

 

Colourful, plastic boats were scattered in puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, lips a shade of blue, and bloodshot eyes wide open.

 

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and a second victim with a receipt confirms her worst fears.

 

There are no witnesses. The victims had no debts. With the body count rising and the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime in record time. But her team can’t find a link between the victims, and the cracks are starting to show.

 

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers photographs in two of the victims’ houses, which she thinks could unlock the case. But as she hones in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

 

Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

 

A heart-pounding, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

 

What readers are saying about the Secrets of the Dead:

‘Fantastic! So good to the point that I finished it in just over a day! ... Wow, wow, wow. This was a great book!! ... kept me hooked from page one ... genuinely didn’t guess who it was until it was revealed! There are lots of twists and turns, and a great ending! I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Stardust Book Reviews 5*


‘I loved every page ... captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages ... 5-shining stars ... I loved it!’ Write Escape

 

‘Thrilling, suspenseful and nail-biting ... will keep you up on edge and not wanting to stop reading. Carol has definitely succeeded in keeping her fans enthralled!’ A Jersey Girl 5*

 

‘Carol Wyer  IS. ON. FIRE. ... I LOVED it ... The creep factor and suspense run high throughout the pages ... excellent.’ Prose and Palate 5*

 

‘Gave you that 'just one more page' feeling.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Carol Wyer has hit another home-run ... really drew me in from the start. This killer displays a whole other level of creepy crazy ... Gripping and engrossing, this series is quickly becoming another firm favourite for me and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next one.’ Novel Deelights 5*

 

‘Wow ... awesome ... kept me gripped right from the start through to the last page.  It was a real page turner that I couldn't put down ... a solid 5 stars.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk 5*

‘I felt I was working on the case myself! ... had me gripped and I took every opportunity to read just one more chapter.’ Stef Loz Book Blog


‘Chilling crime novel ... I love DI Robyn Carter and really feel for her ... instantly hooked at the beginning the tension kept me enthralled throughout.’ Sincerely Book Angels

 

‘Read in 2 sittings couldn't put it down.’ Best Crime Books and More

 

‘Opens at ‘Break-Neck Speed’ ... will take you on a thrilling ride that you won’t want to get off ... a fast-paced, intriguing ‘OMG I NEED TO READ MORE’ type of plotline, once started there is no going back. I couldn’t put the book down I needed to read it all, definitely a one-sitting read. I Dare You To Ignore Secrets of the Dead.’ Sweet Little Book Blog 5*

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

 

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

 

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

 

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

 

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

 

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

 

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

 

What readers are saying about The Silent Children:

WoW.....Double WoW..........What a book! ... this series is getting better and better. I am loving it ... just brilliant and looking forward to the next book... Well Done Carol Wyer for another 5 big fat star book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Spectacular, amazing and fantastic. I love this series and this didn't disappoint it was beautifully written, dark, emotional and full of twists I didn't see coming.  I really enjoyed this book one of my favourites for 2017.’ Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars

 

‘I read it in one sitting, desperate to know what was coming next ... a thrill a minute ... gripping ... I have no hesitation in recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Carol Wyer is absolutely amazing and quickly becoming one of my favourite crime authors.

I've just finished the Silent Children and I now want more more more ... I'm gutted I read this too fast as I wanted to savour every word ... brilliant.’ Sincerely Book Angels, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant! ... gripping ... emotional and topical ... Fabulous and very highly recommended. I cannot wait for her next.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

 

‘Thrilling ... I was on the edge of my seat ... didn't see the ending coming. I highly recommend this one!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘You are left guessing and second guessing through this book, I thought my detective skills had kicked in once over, but oh how wrong was I ... thrilling.’ I Love Reading

One girl found dead. Another girl gone...

 

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever.

 

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?

 

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

 

What readers are saying about The Missing Girls:

‘Absolutely blew me away! ... man was this amazing! ... Would I recommend this book? YES! A million times yes! I can’t say enough amazing things about The Missing Girls.’ Mini Mac Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Fantastic, right from page one I was totally hooked. I loved the characters, the story, and the writing style, everything about it.  This book was full of twists and turns, it was emotional, dark in places and impossible to put down. I genuinely didn’t guess the ending which was awesome! ... one of the best books that I have read so far in 2017. Totally deserves 5 Stars.’ Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars

 

‘Wow, wow, wow!! What a fantastic book ... I literally cannot wait until the next book. This series is getting stronger with every book, and if you haven’t read them yet, then this is a huge recommendation for you to do so. Fantastic author, fantastic series, fantastic book! Five big fat stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Truly gripping and compelling ... holy cow, the ending! Talk about being utterly sucker-punched! I was so blown away, I almost thought the world tilted off its axis! ... I can hardly wait to get my grabby hands on book four! Did I mention that ending?!’ Novel Delights, 5 stars

 

‘Wow! Where to start? I absolutely loved this book and was actually sad when I finished it ... I was so so sad to bid farewell to Robyn Carter. She is such a fabulous character. She is strong, intelligent, tough but compassionate ... This is one of the best crime books I have read this year ... I am eagerly awaiting the next book! Like really REALLY cannot wait for the next book! I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Holy Missing Girls Batman by Carol Wyer. Okay, that’s not the real title of the book, but that’s how I felt after I read it. WOW ... The Missing Girls is five no-brainer stars for me. I simply can’t wait for the next instalment.’ Dark Twisty Books, 5 stars

 

‘Bloody Brilliant! ... sensational, suspenseful and gripping ...  I'm now eagerly awaiting the next instalment.’ Sincerely Book Angels

 

‘Worms its way into your brain and you can't let it go! ... I fell in love with the writing and could not put it down ... Loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘It had me gripped and I had to read just one more chapter, and another one … After getting to the end of this one I really, really can’t wait for the next one!’ Stef Loz Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Stayed up too late to read it one sitting, unable to put it down ... an excellent read ... which I have no hesitation in recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

'WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down... if I could give it 6 stars I would.' Bonnie's Book Talk 

When she woke, she found herself in darkness. She couldn’t move. She was going to die and she had no idea why… 

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a river in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 

Days later, another girl goes missing, and another body is found in the water. It seems the two girls shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. What secrets were they keeping? And who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, it becomes clear that the murderer's reach goes even further - back into the painful past of Chloe Lane herself. Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 

Alex and Chloe are soon caught in a race against time to reach the next victim before it’s too late... and they must face terrifying truths from their own lives to have a chance of catching the killer. 

Chilling and totally compelling with an utterly surprising twist, The Girls in the Water is perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Sarah Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

What readers are saying about The Girls in the Water:

'Full of twists and turns, leading to an ending that was both thrilling and filled with tension. Oh, and I never guessed who dun it, either!' Angela Marsons


'An incredibly compelling and gripping read. The book had me glued to the pages as the investigation into the murder victim unfolded and various layers of the skilfully crafted plot came together. I stayed up way too late in a desperate attempt to finish as the team races against the clock to save another potential victim. This is an incredible debut by Victoria Jenkins and a thrilling and exciting start to a new series.' Novel Deelights, 5 stars

'A wonderfully gripping story that makes me excited for book 2!' Breakfast at Shelby's

'The first word that comes into my head is WOW! This book was fantastic, I loved it. I literally binge read it because I couldn't put it down. The characters were complex and very likeable and I can't wait to see them again in the next instalment. This was a really good book, if I could give it 6 stars I would.'Bonnie's Book Talk

'This book is so far my favourite UK mystery.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars.

'This book has everything, a great plot, well developed characters that you become truly invested in and a very clever perpetrator that is determined to make his mark. If you love thrilling police procedurals, this book is a must!!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'This book is incredible... completely enthralling and I can't wait for the next!' Kitty Catalyst Bibliophile

'A superb book... loved it!' Goodreads reviewer

'Danger hangs around the corner. Excitement on every page. I felt the chills run down my arms. The prickling sensation of fear... Yes, this is fiction but the reality of the characters both dead and alive were so believable. I highly recommend The Girls in the Water to readers worldwide.' Urban Book Reviews

'Wow! What an incredible, assured and resounding debut! Enjoyed every page of this brilliant book. A beautifully crafted story, with many twists and turns that keep you guessing. The character development is fab. Loved the detectives and the backstory and the way everything fell into place at the end. Intelligent, fast paced and thrilling. Loved it!' Renita D'Silva, 5 stars. 

'Really gripping... I'll definitely be tuning in to the next book in the series.' Love is a State of Mind

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