My review of The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

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.

OMG!!  I honestly loved this book, it was an absolutely brilliant read from the first chapter and I have already recommended it to friends and family.  I loved the main character of Detective Lottie Parker, she had just right amount of baggage to make her a character you could really feel for and I found myself to be routing for her throughout the book.  The book covers some really tough subjects and Patricia has clearly done her research and they are dealt with really well.  The descriptions, plot, pace and characters are all spot on and I did not hesitate to give it 5 stars and its out now for you to grab a copy!  And even better news is that the second book in the series is now on pre-order (The Stolen Girls) and is due out on 6th July 2017 – after reading the first, I definitely can’t wait for the second in the series!!