I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour of Patricia Gibney’s ‘The Missing Ones’. Thank you to Kim Nash at Bookouture for asking me.
About the Book
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.
This book is set in Ireland and follows Detective Lottie Parker and her team as they try to track down a killer. I can sometimes find crime books very repetitive in the way that the police force is depicted. But this book by Patricia Gibney awoke my interest in police procedurals again. I loved the characters in this force. They were unflinchingly human and there was so much depth to their characters. It was fascinating getting to know the different lives of each detective and how their career impacts upon this.
What I particularly enjoyed about this book is that it isn’t just told from Lottie Parker’s perspective. There were a lot of voices in this novel, sometimes just one snippet but each narrative injected the story with a dose of realism and intrigue. I think the way the story was delivered is what kept me reading. I never knew whose mind I was going to be in next and what they could tell me about this complex web of deceit.
Gibney tackles a sensitive but widely known blight in Irish History; The Catholic Church. Many books depict the terrible abuse of power by members of the Church, but this is the first book I’ve read that has incorporated this into a crime novel. This book has heartbreaking scenes of child abuse at the hands of people who are trusted to be acting in the name of the Lord. But not only that, it shows the transcending impact this has had on the lives of these children when they have grown up. This element in the book made this much better than many crime novels where the killer just kills because he is a psychopath or a sadist. It is far more complex than that. It juxtaposes real-life issues of the present day with the religious history of Ireland, which means that the plot is a lot more complex than many crime novels I have read. It is impossible to work out whether the killer is acting because of the past or the present.
This is a very well-written story, and I enjoyed it. Despite working out what who was the killer before the revelation, I was still gripped as the end scenes were action packed and very satisfying. For me, it feels like Patricia Gibney has created an entire world in this book. The crimes aren’t the sole focus of the book, Lottie and her team are brought to life making this book much more than a book about a killer.
Make sure you check out the other reviews on this blog tour. It’s always great to see what other people say about a book before you buy it.