The Lost Child

Detective Lottie Parker

Book 3
Bookouture
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‘WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK!!!!… From the very start to the last page you're hooked!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Let me out! Please …’ My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes...

 

Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farmhouse in the bleak Irish countryside. Inside, she finds a scene that speaks of uncontrollable rage: glasses smashed, chairs ripped apart, the woman’s body broken.

 

A black rain jacket makes Lottie think she knows the killer’s identity, but then she finds a disturbing clue: is the murder linked to an old case at St Declan’s asylum? A case investigated by her own father, just before he took his life.

 

When another body is left without its tongue on the hospital steps, and a young girl goes missing, Lottie knows she has to act fast. Can she face her own demons and uncover the truth before another life is taken?

 

An absolutely gripping page-turner from the bestselling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls. If you love Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons or Robert Dugoni, you’ll be completely hooked.

What people are saying about The Lost Child:

Wow… I couldn't put this book down. Easily in my top 5 favourite books for 2017 … A big fat 5 stars – you have to read this book!Bonnie’s Book Talk

I need to catch my breath, calm my heart and recover my senses … Patricia Gibney has floored me … and all I want is more.’ Sweet Little Book Blog

I totally loved this book. One of my top 5 reads of 2017!!Orchard Book Club

Gripping, heart-stopping, and frantically insane in the best way possible!’ Chocolate n Waffles

If you're looking for a suspense-filled thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages far past your bedtime, The D.I. Lottie Parker series are the perfect books for you!’ Butterfly’s Nooknerdia

Oh my goodness this book was fantastic!! Donna’s Book Blog

‘A slow build of suspense that ratchets up throughout the whole book, culminating in a shocking twist that will leave you breathless. Goodreads Reviewer

It's action packed right from the off, not letting up until the very last page. Goodreads Reviewer

Oh my goodness! I could not put this book down once I started it. ... This book has it all.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Lots of suspense and heart stopping moments.’ Stardust Book Reviews

Epic! Absolutely epic! … Seriously, straight into my top 5 favourite reads this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer

An utterly riveting read!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A real page-turner, I couldn't put this book down ... A big fat 5 stars – you have to read this book!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Oh my Lordie!!!! This Detective Lottie Parker series gets better and Better! Wow, what a book!’ Goodreads Reviewer

Holy jumpin' catfish, Batman, what an ending! The jaw-dropping moments just kept a-comin'. Goodreads Reviewer

Beautifully written, packed with suspense, another spine-tingling story that I couldn't put down.’ Renita d’Silva

‘The book twists and turns to a fantastic final chapter, which is the biggest surprise I’ve had reading a book for a long time.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm

Boy, Ms. Gibney, you are good! Not only did you engage me lock, stock, and barrel, but you beat me when I was so sure I had it all figured out.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘This book took me on a thrilling ride with so many twists and turns, it left me reeling.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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Bookouture
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Published on
Oct 27, 2017
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9781786812377
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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There's nothing more dangerous than a familiar face...

As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate. 

Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.

As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from ten years earlier. Could history be repeating itself? 

As journalists begin to interfere with Lottie’s investigation, she fears the killer is about to strike again. Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Lottie be his next target?

If you love Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest pulse-pounding thriller from Patricia Gibney. No Safe Place will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

What readers are saying about No Safe Place:


'A brilliant read. Utterly captivating from the first page to the last… Everyone was so well and clearly written… A real mark of excellent and captivating character writing… I can’t over emphasize how much I enjoyed this book… it’s my read of the year so far and I think it will take some beating… Five of the strongest stars' Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars.

'The words that first spring to mind are Bloody Brilliant! I loved it. This book had me gripped right from the start, it was fast-paced, full of energy and the action kept coming… I am going to give No Safe Place a big fat 5 stars, it really deserves it, it’s an entertaining read full of edge-of-the-seat tension that you won’t want to put down.' Bonnie's Book Talk

'I found myself completely hooked right from the first chapter and literally finished it in less than a day. The writing style draws you right in and the fast pace of the plot and the many many plot twists and constant action and new discoveries will keep you on the edge of your seat. ' It's All About Books

'WOW, I just loved it. It was gritty, fast-paced… WOW, this book is just brilliant. Patricia Gibney books just get better and better. If I could give this book 10/10 I would.' Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars.

'A totally gripping and unputdownable read. Keeps you wanting more right up to the end.' I Love Reading UK 

'This one definitely didn't disappoint!!... Absolutely brilliant read… I honestly can't wait for the next one. Hurry please.' Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars.

'Shout it out loud, for everybody who loves good Police Thrillers, DI Lottie Parker is back… A compelling read that kept me turning page after page with an anticipation that bordered on addiction.' Nigel Adams Bookworm

'I couldn't put down this fast-paced read… A roller-coaster of a read which I loved.' Beauty Balm 

'Gibney does it again!... I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next book.' Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars

'I thoroughly enjoyed No Safe Place which is a fast-paced procedural with plenty of twists and turns… [Lottie Parker] is a wonderful creation and one of the best characters in crime fiction for it. No Safe Place is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.' Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars.

'Excellent police procedural ...I want to know all about Lottie! Can't wait for the next book in the series!'The Book Nurse

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.

What everyone is saying about The Missing Ones:

'I had been looking forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed. I will certainly be reading more books in this series.' Angela Marsons

'This debut novel from Gibney is just EVERYTHING!!! This was THE BEST book I have read in quite some time. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!' Butterfly's Booknerdia Blog

‘Totally riveting and 100% engrossing.’ Books From Dusk Till Dawn

'A gripping read from beginning to finish.' Deja Read

'AMAZING! Really well written and kept me itching to read the next page. It was unputdownable! Cannot wait to read book two when released.' Goodreads Reviewer

'I was immediately grabbed by the opening paragraph and was so enthralled that I read it in two sittings. I only put it down when my eyes refused to stay open!' Goodreads Reviewer

'It's one of those stories where you look at the clock and you think just a couple more chapters, and then you look again and hours have gone by. It was well worth the lack of sleep.' Goodreads Reviewer

'A phenomenal read for a debut novel – when I say good, I mean gooooooooood.' Page Turners Nook

‘Gibney definitely is a writer to watch and an exciting new voice in crime fiction.’ But Books are Better

'This story has it all, compelling characters, a strong plot, a lot of action, suspense, and tension. Reading this novel was fascinating and totally engaging.' Carol's Place

'I have found a new crime author to add to my must read list. I find it incredible that this is a debut novel, as it's polished, well plotted and gripping.' The Book Review Cafe

'Thrilling ... filled with twists and turns that surprise you out of nowhere; it is dark, mysterious, and gripping.' The Reading Lodge

'Wow! Thrilling and tense, with so many twists. A page-turning, unputdownable read. The suspense builds up throughout the book and the pace never lets down. And the ending - wow! I did not see it coming! I am in awe of this author. Five amazing stars.' Renita D'Silva

'If I had to describe this debut thriller in just one word, I'd choose engrossing.' Book Reviews by Monnie

'Every now and then something good comes into your life. Well in this case two things have. Detective Inspector Lottie Parker and her team; and the author Patricia Gibney who has written a brilliant page turner of a crime thriller. Let’s hope we hear a lot more from both of them.' Nigel Adams Bookworm

The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.

One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.

The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…

Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.

On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Tell Nobody will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

What readers are saying about Tell Nobody: 

‘BOOM Patricia Gibney does it again! WOW I just love the Lottie Parker series, I can't get enough, I literally devour it, once I start the book, I just cannot put it down. Patricia Gibney has a way of pulling you in from page 1 and captivates you right through to the end…. Patricia Gibney has a way of keeping you on a cliffhanger, you won't know the truth until she is good and ready and the build-up is seismic!... This will definitely not disappoint, for me IT’S A MUST MUST READ.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I am such a fan of the Lottie Parker series… This book did not disappoint. Hooked from the first chapter, I literally didn’t put it down until I was finished. Just as good or better than the first 4! I feel like I know these characters personally, Patricia Gibney is such a gifted writer. I can’t wait to see the next part of Lottie’s journey.......I will definitely be along for the ride!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘OMG BEYOND BRILLIANT!!!! I started reading it on the first day of my holidays and had it read in less than a day!! It grips you right from the first page. It is so fast paced. Very sensitive subjects dealt with in a very tasteful way. It was anyone's guess who was responsible right to the end. The action just kept on coming. I literally can't wait for the next one. ... A truly well deserved five stars.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Utterly fantastic! Patricia Gibney has pulled the rabbit out of the hat yet again with the brilliantTell Nobody. I just love the Lottie Parker series, I literally devour these books, once I start I just can’t put it down until I am finished. Patricia has the knack of keeping you hanging on to every word mesmerised as the build-up begins and grows as the book progresses to the final mind-blowing conclusion… Every book gets better than the last and this is no exception, this was an excellent piece of crime fiction. I love Lottie, her family and her team at work, as the books progress I feel like I am getting to know them personally. Patricia Gibney is such a gifted writer ...I can’t recommend this book highly enough, I really loved it, it’s a must read. Tell Nobody totally totally deserves 5 stars and is one of my favourite top 5 books of 2018.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

Soon to be a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding, and directed by Paul Feig

"Riveting and brilliantly structured, A Simple Favor is an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller about a missing wife and mother that relies on a rotating cast of unreliable narrators to ingeniously examine the cost of competitive mom-friends, the toll of ordinary marital discontent and the fallacy of the picture-perfect, suburban family."—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author

She’s your best friend.

She knows all your secrets.

That’s why she’s so dangerous.

A single mother's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.

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 another 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?

 

The Stolen Girls is a gripping and page-turning thriller that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni.

 

What people are saying about The Stolen Girls:

 

‘THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A LONG, LONG TIME! If I could have given it ten stars I would have!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A thrilling mystery with great characters and a dark and disturbing plot.’ Deja Read

 

‘A highly engrossing and very emotive story, tension which will keep you on the edge of your seat and not just chewing but chomping at those finger nails.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

 

‘I absolutely, totally and utterly blinking loved reading The Stolen Girls and I can’t wait to read more.’ Ginger Book Geek

 

‘Patricia has written another un-putdownable police procedural which is fast-paced and a page-turner of epic proportions.’ Sweet Little Book Blog

 

‘This is Patricia Gibney’s second novel, following her amazing debut, The Missing Ones.  I gave The Missing Ones 5 stars, and I liked this one even better, but alas, Goodreads won’t let me give it 6 stars.’ Dark Twisty Books

 

‘What a book … Not once is there a lull in the action. Not once did I want to put it down.

Bring on the next Lottie Parker book.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm

 

‘Brilliant! Patricia Gibney has done it again! This author delivers every time, with every story!’ Renita D’Silva

 

‘A non-stop thrill ride! You won't want to get off!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I didn't think this could keep me as hooked and book one but by heck it did! Amazing, fantastic writing. I didn't want it to end!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Excellent book. Great storyline and characters. A real page turner.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I absolutely blitzed through this book. The style of writing makes it hard to put down and I vowed “just one more page” at least a hundred times. Another fantastic book from Patricia.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘You seriously do not want to miss it.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘This author is one to follow.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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