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She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest, and without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams.

When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a grueling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Isabel’s pajamas have been ripped, her throat cut and an old-fashioned razor blade placed in her hand. As Lottie looks at the round blue eyes and perfect chubby cheeks of Isabel’s baby daughter, she can’t understand who would want to hurt this innocent family.

That very same day she receives a call with devastating news. Another young mother, Joyce Breslin, has gone missing, and her four-year-old son, Evan, has been abducted from daycare. Lottie is sure that the missing mother and son are linked to Isabel’s death, and when she finds a bloody razor blade in their house, her worst fears are confirmed.

Desperate to find little Evan, Lottie leaves no stone unturned as she delves into Isabel and Joyce’s pasts, and when she realizes the two women have been meeting in secret, she knows she must find out why.

But when Joyce’s body is found in a murky pond and some little bones are found on a windy hillside, it feels as if this merciless killer will stop at nothing. The bones aren’t Evan’s, but can they give Lottie the final clue to find the innocent child before more lives are taken?

This absolutely gripping crime thriller from best-selling author Patricia Gibney will leave you gasping for breath.

©2021 Patricia Gibney (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"I was gripped by this incredible book from the start. It was tense, suspenseful, darkly disturbing, creepy and at times heart-breaking, a really enjoyable read." (Fiction Vixen Reads)

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Another great Lottie Parker book

I enjoy this series. This, the tenth in the series, has a lot of moving parts and potential suspects. There is sadness and worry for a young child missing since his mother was murdered in front of him. (Not a spoiler; it’s in the publisher’s blurb.) Lottie and her team are under pressure, as always, to solve this murder and kidnapping while other crimes come to light.

This was hard to put down. The narration was enjoyable. The only negative is that now we readers have to wait for the next Book.

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Another great book!

Just when you think you have figured it out, Patricia Gibney throws in a twist! I love this author, she never lets me down.

Can wait for the next one!

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Diverting

I've listened to the whole series now and this had the same issues as the others:

1.) The narrator sometimes forgets whose voice she is doing and doesn't switch appropriately.
2.) The characters stand and debate forever before making a move. It feels a bit like filler and my mind inevitably wanders off waiting for them to get on with it already.
3.) Lottie Parker is selfish, thoughtless, too reactionary, and hard to root for. She constantly overtalks people, ignores her team's (and kids) calls as a rule, and then is SHOCKED when she misses things. You don't really ever see her go to bat for anyone on her team so it isn't a surprise that any of them plot against her. She is quick to suspect her love interest of cheating on her as her first conclusion any time his attention is diverted from her for a second, so it is hard to believe she actually has deep feelings and trust. If she showed a little more personal development, it might be easier to root for her or to empathize with her astonishment when nobody confides in her. The stories are interesting in spite of her luckily.

Aside from that, it is a decent story. If the filler was toned down a bit, it would have gotten 4 stars. The author has taken some time to weave an interesting web of relationships so it isn't easy to guess whodunnit or what motivated them to act.

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Love this series!

Another good book in the series. Enjoyed it much, just like all the others. Now have to wait until the next one comes out.

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Great book

I look forward to each Lottie parker book. Love the story line, they always make me interested and wanting to know whats going to happen next. you feel like you know all the characters. Great books, I can't wait for the next one to come out!!

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Always a treat

Patricia Gibney is one of my most reliable, go-to authors. Lottie and company are always ready with a smart, compassionate set of characters that hold my attention and never make me feel like I’m watching a soap. Another good one in this series. Very entertaining. Enjoy!

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  • Sam Hall
  • 11-10-21

They just get better and better

I want to go for a beer with Lottie Parker. I want her to tell me her troubles and put her feet up and have a rest. The woman has been through so much! And yet, she's the rock around which the stories are written and the characters are built. Great read, interesting people, very well read. If you like detectives with problems, emotions and the ability to sniff out trouble, then give Lottie Parker ago.

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  • Wilkram Enterprises
  • 01-14-22

Another great Lottie Parker book!

Complex story, interesting characters, great narration - everything that I’ve come to expect from Patricia Gibney.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-15-21

So enjoyable

I hope there’s going to be a next book, i feel I know the characters

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  • Esther
  • 12-08-21

A story of our times.

Sad but true, the theme of abuse runs through this story. not for the fainthearted.
Great writer.
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-20-21

absolutely brilliant author.

loved everything about this book
Author, storyline and narration.
set in Ireland with beautiful accents, so easy to listen to, imagine you are actually there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Very slow going

This book is very slow to get going. Far too many words used to explain simple situations. Returned book.

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  • Mr P.
  • 10-29-21

Great Serie

Loved this book, have read all by this author.
can't wait for the next one!

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  • Aggi Wise
  • 10-22-21

Fabulous

I was thrilled and excited when I heard Patricia Gibney had written a new Lottie Parker book, and I was not disappointed! Fantastic books, exciting, excellent stories and beautifully read by Michelle Moran!

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  • Recepient
  • 10-21-21

Another Excellent book.

Thoroughly enjoyed her latest novel. I hope there are more to come! The narration was perfect

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 10-16-21

Great Listen

true to form another great listen, a different plot to the normal with excellent twists and turns leading to the culprit. Superbly narrated

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  • Dale
  • 12-26-21

Crime mystery that I found hard to follow

I generally follow books well and I did get this all towards the end but still a bit confused who the main killer was in the end. Too many characters to follow in an audio book I think

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  • Tals
  • 11-06-21

Disappointed

Loved all the series up until this one. Disappointed in the story and the characters.
The only strong character left is Kirby. The others have become to flawed.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-21

Good story

Great narrator. Story keeps one interested tho I found it a bit slow going at times with a bit too much information.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

Murder Mystery

Absolutely brilliant as always. I love D.I. Lottie Parker series and hopefully it won't be too long before we are able to read more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-21

excellent

Lotto Parker floored but brilliant. Patricia Gibney you did it again. Michelle Moran best Narrator

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  • wendy mccaig
  • 10-04-21

Great continuation of the Lottie Parker series

As always I wait for next instalment if Lottie Parker
This did not disappoint I thought I had worked out the plait fairly early but was not quite there with it even though going in the general direction
Was a book I just wanted to keep reading but also did not want it to end
Cannot wait until the next one is available
Very good describe thriller book
Has you drawn in from start to finish