Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist

· Detective Lottie Parker Book 7 · Bookouture
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‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!

Read what everybody is saying about Broken Souls:

‘Brilliant as always and totally addictive and I loved it!!... This is a thrill a minute police procedural that just doesn’t let up, so many twists and lots going on it really is unputdownable but that comes as no surprise as every book in this series has been a 5 star read … Patricia Gibney as always writes a superb story never letting up on the action and once more providing us another 5 star read and highly recommended. ‘ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have to say I got very excited when I saw book 7 was out in the Detective Lottie Parker series, it’s no secret that I love these books… How much can one woman take… Another great police procedural twisty mystery to get your teeth into, I cannot fault these books ever, it has it all… Murder, love drama, family dramas…. How Lottie Parker is still a sane woman is beyond me!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I am a huge huge fan of Patricia Gibney. I feel like I’ve known Lottie Parker for years and I’m rooting for her… I loved this book. The perfect continuation of her story. So many twists and turns… no clue where the book is heading until the end. This is my all-time favourite series… if you haven’t read Patricia yet you’re in for a treat as you have 7 books to read. Highly recommend!!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I am a big fan of this series so was delighted to get an ARC of this book. As always there is a good balance between the personal life of the main characters and the crimes they are investigating… I really enjoyed this book and look forward avidly to the next one.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read what everyone is saying about Patricia Gibney:

AMAZING, BRILLIANT, THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A LONG LONG TIME!!! It's not often I've been left speechless after reading a book but this time I was!!!… From the very start I was gripped and couldn't put it down!!!… If I could have given it ten stars I would have!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

37 reviews
Cathy Geha
October 21, 2019
Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney D.I. Lottie Parks #7 Creepy characters – suspects aplenty – unsettling – made me wonder... Having just read the book description before starting the book I was surprised with how the book began and even looked ahead to make sure I was reading the correct book. It actually took the prologue and a few chapters before I reached a point where I knew I was in the right book. Once Lottie was on the scene I felt perhaps I was where I was supposed to be. I had no idea what the prologue would refer to but thought perhaps it might be either a victim or an eventual murderer that I had just met...and I did feel sorry for the little boy that I met in the first few pages. Eventually Lottie and her team are dealing with deaths that might look like suicides but are really murders and the kidnapping of an eight year old girl. There are numerous suspects and creepy people for the reader and police team to sift through before the case is solved. Lottie is still not someone I can relate to or even like much. I have a feeling she is good at her job but perhaps not the warm caring mother her children would benefit from. I also wonder about her relationship with Boyd and what he sees in her. What I liked the procedural aspect of the story * That Lottie’s family were not singled out as victims * Lottie’s team members – at least what I saw of them * That McMahon might be taken down a peg or more soon * The bad guy was caught * It took me awhile to figure out what was going on (also didn’t like that at times0 What I did not like: * The reason why the bad guy ended up as s/he did * More than one of the characters that were suspects...even though they were not the perpetrator * Lottie’s distance from people and unwillingness to engage * Feeling at loose ends at the end of the book – especially in regard to the eight year old who was kidnapped. Did I enjoy the book? I think so Would I read more in this series? Might try one more to see if I can warm up to Lottie or not Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3 – 4 Stars
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Jo W
October 27, 2019
Brilliant book, the best so far. The ending is so sad, I can't wait to read the next in the Lottie Parker series to see what happens next. Keep up the fab writing.
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Jacqueline Findlay
August 20, 2019
Another brilliant book can't wait to read the next one!!
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About the author

Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre. To date, (July 2018) Patricia has sold over ONE MILLION COPIES in the LOTTIE PARKER series.

A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing. 

Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children's book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels. 

The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia.

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