The Missing Ones

Detective Lottie Parker

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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

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Mar 16, 2017
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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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

‘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

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

‘She lifted the flap of the envelope and pulled out the single white page. As she opened it up she stared, open mouthed. Four words were typed on the page. I am watching you.’

When Amy Whyte and Penny Brogan leave a local nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and don’t arrive home, their families are beside themselves with worry. Conor Dowling has just been released from prison, a man full of hatred for Amy, the girl who put him behind bars in the first place.

The case is given to Detective Lottie Parker, when the girls’ blood-soaked bodies are found, days later, in a derelict squat. Chillingly, both girls are clutching silver coins in their hands – what message is this killer leaving behind? All the signs point to Conor but his alibi is water tight.

As Lottie examines Penny and Amy’s final days alive in a desperate search for clues, two more girls are found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment complex. Caught up in what is fast becoming her toughest case yet, Lottie is unaware that somebody is watching her every move.

Then Lottie’s two daughters, Katie and Chloe suddenly disappear from the town centre. Terrified that the killer has her girls, the stakes have never been higher for Lottie. 

But as Lottie puts everything on the line to find her daughters and solve the case, she’s about to find herself in terrible danger – someone has a personal axe to grind with her and they know the best way to get to her is to hurt the ones she loves the most.

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

Readers are loving Final Betrayal:

‘Another absolutely riveting, gut gripping and unputdownable book from Patricia Gibney!!
Had this read in record time!! From start to finish it was brilliant!! Literally can't wait for the next one and the outcome for Lottie and Boyd!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A dark and gripping read…There are so many heart stopping moments that had me hold my breath. I was carried along by the authors writing, making assumptions along the way. Lets just say nil points to me as I totally got it wrong.
Final Betrayal is a story that is guaranteed to set your pulse racing. I was totally hooked and enjoyed being part of this thrilling journey that I was taken on alongside Lottie whose character I really enjoyed. Without a doubt I will be going back and reading the rest of the books in the series as this just ticked all the boxes for what I look for in a crime series.’ Bytheletterbookreviews, 5 stars

‘I adore Lottie Parker … go pick up the latest release by this fabulous author. Patricia Gibney is the best!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Well I am now a fan of Lottie Parker !! This is my first book in the series but I am off to buy the rest ! Final Betrayal is a page turning, twists and turns book. So many dead bodies.
I can tell you that if I am missing or in trouble , it's Lottie Parker and her team of detectives I want on my side …Can't wait to read more of Lottie's exploits!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘An epic, compelling story …I look forward to getting reacquainted with DI Lottie Parker every time a new book comes out, and I’m yet to be disappointed. In fact, every time one comes out, I make the same mistake of picking it up and starting, not realising I’m going to get very little done until I’ve finished it. Yes, it happened again, I read this book over two days, well I did have to stop to sleep.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars
‘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 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, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘This was THE BEST book I have read in quite some time. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!… absolutely riveting. Once I started reading, I was unable to stop… this story was just pure genius!… took everything I THOUGHT I knew and threw it right out the window!’ Butterfly's Booknerdia Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘I couldn’t believe this was the author’s debut novel as it was as gripping and suspenseful as a veteran writer… This was the book that I could not put down… I found myself reading certain paragraphs over because I was in shock over what had happened… Absolutely fabulous’ Brainfarts and Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘OMG it is a cracking book!!… Patricia Gibney is my favourite author at the moment and my best find of the year – this book was fantastic and I cannot recommend it highly enough.’ Donna's Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘OMG BEYOND BRILLIANT!!!!... grips you right from the first page. It is so fast paced… The action just kept on coming. I literally can't wait for the next one... A truly well-deserved five stars.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…


Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …


Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.


But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.


As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?


An absolutely gripping, darkly compelling, and nail-bitingly tense mystery thriller that will keep you racing through the pages long into the night. A Kindle Chart #1, million-copy, international bestseller, Silent Scream turns fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham into Angela Marsons addicts.


Watch out for more from Detective Kim Stone


A detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. Silent Scream is the first book in the series.


What readers are saying about Silent Scream:


'I absolutely loved it!...This one is one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson! I would seriously put this book in the same league.' Fiona’s Book Reviews


‘Wow. That's all I need to say... one of the best books I've read so far this year... gripping... hooks you in from Chapter One... you won't want to put it down... fantastic.’ Little Northern Soul

‘I found myself biting my nails numerous times... to say that this book is brilliant is an understatement.’ Relax and Read Reviews


‘I have not been so impressed by a debut novel in a long time, and I'm actually now itching for more …D.I. Kim Stone is like the British Jane Rizzoli. She's so ballsy and doesn't understand the meaning of the word no. I LOVE heroines who just do what they want and sod the consequences and Kim did that, right from the beginning... I can't wait for the second book, because this one was a top-notch crime thriller.’ Leah Loves


’I don't think I've been so hooked by a new author since the discovery of Mark Edwards or Mark Billingham… Silent Scream gets 5 stars from me - if you finish a crime thriller feeling like you just need to have a lie-down and a cup of tea to get your breath back, then the writer has done their job. Angela Marsons, I still don't have my breath back.’ Reading Room with a View


‘Normally when I see everybody rating a book five stars I think 'Is it really that good?' Silent Scream is that good, and then some… The only problem Angela now faces is keeping up this standard as the series progresses, but if she does than she's going to be an author to watch and a huge star within the genre.’ Book Addict Shaun


‘I started reading Silent Scream thinking I would just read a few chapters. I ended up reading it all…An excellent read and one I would happily recommend.’ Northern Crime


‘This is a fantastic debut novel by Marsons. The blurb said that if you were a fan of Val McDermid and Mark Billingham you would love this book and being a huge fan of both I thought I would give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised…With lots of twists and turns this is a real page turner.’ The Laughing Librarian


‘It's highly unusual for me to find a book that leads me to put my life on hold. But Angela Marsons' Silent Scream has led me to virtually abandon work for the last day, even with deadlines looming...ticks all the boxes for a 5 star rating from me: a well written flowing story; strong but vulnerable protagonist; fast pace; intrigue; twists and turns until several final OMG moments; plenty of action; and the revealing of a brutal murderer.’ Off the Shelf


'Stunning.' Mail on Sunday

The dead don't tell secrets... unless you listen.

The girl's smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A 'body farm' investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It's clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work, but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer's secrets, but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim?

The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons.

What readers are saying about Play Dead:

I read this book in one sitting, yes it really was that good: the perfect crime thriller, well plotted, great characters, suspense and the most deviant and chilling serial killer Utterly gripping and it's certainly going to be in my top reads of 2016 5 stars out of 5 plus a glass of wine (to steady my nerves, after reading such a heart-pounding crime thriller).' The Book Review Cafe

'Wow wow wow I absolutely freaking loved it and without a shadow of doubt this is the best one yet with this one being more gritty and tense. You crime book fans are seriously going to love it. If you haven't read any yet this can be read as a standalone although I would advise reading the series. It's too good not to miss... I cannot recommend this book enough it's flippin fantastic or like they say in the Black Country Supa' smashin' great read!' Chelle's book reviews

'Hooks you and reels you in. Life gets put on hold until you've finished the latest offering in her AMAZING Kim Stone series. Utterly fantastic.' Reading Room with a View

'Wow. Give me a minute while I catch my breath, because I've just finished the latest Angela Marson's book. Ingest it by any means, just make sure you do. It is a riveting, blood-tingling, pulse pounding read that will take you on the journey that will play on your mind long after you've finished reading.' Caroline-Writes

'This may well be the best thriller I have ever read. I could hardly breathe with the suspense and it was definitely a hardship to wrench myself away from the action.' Redheaded Bookworm

'I defy anyone to turn away from the page. I was glued to this book a truly gripping and ,at times, terrifying story.' Book Addict Shaun

'Can I give 6 stars? The best book I've read all year so far ÄDark, intense, spine-tingling and absolutely perfect.' The Bookshelf Blog

'A thrilling, tense and nail biting read' Best Crime Books & More

'Wow, I didn't think Angela Marsons DI Kim Stone series could get any better, but this one really has blown me away! Fast paced and tension filled, I loved every second of this rollercoaster of a ride. How soon can the next one be released? A highly recommended 5 star read.' Cal Turner Reviews

'Play Dead is fast paced, has a complex mystery, and great, well-developed characters. I did not want to put it down (so I just kept reading).' Bibliophile and avid reader

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

If you’re looking for the next crime thriller series to keep you up late, stop here, you’ve just found it.
The first three thrillers from million copy bestseller Patricia Gibney, introducing you to maverick Detective Lottie Parker.

The Missing Ones: 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.

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. 

The Stolen Girls: 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 two more girls are found dead, Lottie is forced to put the demons of her own past aside to catch a very clever killer before they claim another victim …

The Lost Child: ‘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. 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 victim is left for dead, and a young girl goes missing, Lottie knows she has to act fast. Can she uncover the truth before another life is taken? 

This gripping series will have you up in the small hours turning the pages. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Caine and Rachel Abbott will love the Detective Lottie Parker Series. 

Read what everyone is saying about the Detective Lottie Parker books:

‘OMG it is a cracking book!! … Patricia Gibney is my favourite author at the moment and my best find of the year – this book was fantastic, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.’ Donna's Book Blog, 5 stars

‘WOW. I did not see this book coming! This is the first book I've read by Gibney, but it definitely won't be the last! ... I can't recommend this book enough! Definite 5 hard-earned stars from me!’ Rainy Days and Reading, 5 stars

‘A gripping mystery … had me hooked from the first page and I hated having to put it down.’ Hooked From Page One, 5 stars

‘Wow what a debut … Grabs you from the beginning and does not let you go until well after the last page! … Do yourself a favour and buy it – you will not be disappointed.’ 5 stars – Goodreads Reviewer

‘What a debut! I was completely hooked from page one ... full of twists and turns, fast paced and with a strong set of characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series!!’ 5 stars – Goodreads Reviewer
How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up. 

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet. 

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother. 

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them… 

A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist. 

What readers are saying about Angela Marsons 

'I absolutely loved it! ... This one is one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson! I would seriously put this book in the same league.' Fiona’s Book Reviews 

‘I don't think I've been so hooked by a new author since the discovery of Mark Edwards or Mark Billingham… if you finish a crime thriller feeling like you just need to have a lie-down and a cup of tea to get your breath back, then the writer has done their job. Angela Marsons, I still don't have my breath back.’ Reading Room with a View 

‘I'm a little bit speechless to be honest at just how incredible this book was… one of the best new crime authors of 2015, maybe even the decade.’ Book Addict Shaun 

‘Angela Marsons is fast becoming THE one to watch in this genre and I would defy anyone not to read and enjoy her writing… She truly has a brilliant mind and this book did not disappoint … This story has everything, it is riveting, emotional, sad and most of all it has a depth that not many novels can claim to have… I highly recommend this one, Simply brilliant.’ Postcard Reviews

An explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start

When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses – one of whom is a senior police officer.

Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.

But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined...

Trust no one.

Gripping, chilling to its core and full of twists, the powerful new DCI Michael Lambert from Matt Brolly is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Helen H. Durrant and Michael Hambling.

Praise for Matt Brolly

‘An extraordinary fast-paced, tense thriller, taking the reader on an suspense filled journey with so many twist and turns it is a stupendous, emotional roller coaster ride!’ SplashesIntoBooks

‘I was Dead Impressed with the fast paced plot; Dead Curious about who 'The Watcher' was; Dead Impressed the author managed to fool me; Dead Surprised when the killer was revealed and felt the ending was... well... Dead Perfect!’ CrimeBookJunkie

‘Fantastic stuff. A must read for any lovers of crime. Matt Brolly has a cracking series on his hands.’ NorthernCrime

'An action-filled, totally gripping, page turner!' Carol Wyer, author of Little Girl Lost

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

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