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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.

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lia
  • 03/03/2018

Too Long and Too Dark

I gave three stars for two reasons. First, this book started off at a good pace, I was interested in the main character and there were enough events to keep my interest but that quickly declined. The investigation dragged and dragged....I kept checking the percentage I was at and feeling frustrated because I just wanted to be finished and felt the book could have been wrapped up much more quickly. By the end I was just annoyed. The second reason is because I was really disappointed by the ending. There is a character whom I feel has an unnecessary death that really didn't contribute to the story-line. Also, many of the characters were very flat because the author provided minimal information about them.

Michele Moran was good with the delivery of the story

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • A. Palla
  • 09/11/2017

Lots of layers

This is a detective story with church-sponsored child abuse, murder, bribery, abuse of municipal office, extortion and blackmail with some working mother's guilt and distress sprinkled in. It kept my attention and I found myself thinking about the story too often to rate it any lower. And I highly recommend Ms. Moran's narration. Her voice is lovely and her accent and cadence do justice to the history and suffering of the Irish.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Cassandra
  • 22/05/2017

Tangled, strange murder mystery a disappointment

Irish church and state history of corruption erupts in vengeance and violence- to what end?

I am left scratching my head after finishing "The Missing Ones," perhaps more so than after any mystery/suspense novel in recent memory- and not in a positive way.

The mystery or mysteries(?) exist, that is true. In retrospect I can untangle a few different strands of mystery-type plot that either run throughout the whole book or start somewhere and maybe end somewhere, some resolved to some satisfaction or sense, some not at all. I felt that some of the many tangential plots going on were not helpfully contributing to what I think was the author's intended main idea. Some of them were not interesting. Some were just strange.

For example, DI Lottie Parker herself is the root of many odd side-plots and anachronisms that I could barely stand. I found this character extremely unlikeable. Often, a main character who is prickly of personality has other redeeming qualities, such as, loyalty to her team, or brilliant detective skills, or extreme dedication in search of the truth. Here, I saw an attempt at a cliched "flawed personality" taken to an unpleasant extreme, if that makes sense. She is unlikeable. No sense of humor (only her loyal sidekick Boyd thinks she is endearing when she swears at him and puts him down constantly, and I mean constantly, and uses him as a drunk-dial when she's black-out drunk, which he falls for every time). To me, no underlying heart of gold. She acts unkindly to pretty much everyone. She is disrespectful to her investigative team. There is no sense of morale. The author deftly describes the cold weather at every turn. We can imagine the cold, gray expanse. We can also imagine a cold, gray incident room. For example, when one of her DCs tries to actually do his job and draws a diagram to try and connect different victims, she publicly insults him, meanwhile sitting at her desk bemoaning it's messiness and making fun of Boyd for being so neat and orderly.

DI Parker "solves" the main mystery, kind of, through the use of archival records which she accesses only through the kindness of a rogue priest who risks excommunication for her. Then she gets lucky when other people sort of show up out of the woodwork and tell her stuff. She doesn't do much, truly. She sends out her people, then yells at them for doing a bad job, but I'm serious- she doesn't really do a lot of detective work unless it falls in her lap, and even then she has trouble connecting the dots when the reader has figured it out 250 pages ago.

Overall, I finished the book because I wanted to see a resolution. The last 1/4 finally got good. The first 3/4 dragged with little progress. DI Parker was not pleasant or interesting enough to make up for the lack of action happening. The other characters were mediocre. The boss cop was a bad caricature of a cranky boss again taken to painful extremes. The crimes were strangely evil without ever really being explained or their reasons examined. The snapshots back to 40 years ago could have been so much more interesting, but they were just blips. I didn't get it.

I won't even discuss her family life. It was just as annoying if not more so than her sad performance as a detective and leader.

I am disappointed with The Missing Ones and disheartened that this first in a potentially great new series is a let-down. I will, however, give the next one a try, because I don't give up easily. I hope that the author gives Lottie Parker some redeeming qualities in the next book, and also tightens up the plot for a more suspenseful and interesting mystery.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brenda Harris
  • 15/08/2017

Thriller with a twist!

A good story with unlikly villians and sad victums. Enjoyed the reader and the tale.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • green ice cream garden
  • 11/05/2017

Hard to put down

Great cast of complex characters and character development. Even though I'm not into church scandals, fact or fiction, this story gripped me from the first few lines and had me nail biting at the end. The one thing that I don't normally like but was present in this story is that everything - everything - revolves around or is connected to the main character. This however will still rate as one of the most enjoyable reads this year. Can't wait for more.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • 13/09/2018

Too much child abuse...Not enough redemption.

I am hesitant to write negative reviews but this book was pretty bad. The main character is not very likeable, she’s an alcoholic who doesn’t take very good care of her kids and also just for fun is rude to old ladies with Alzheimer’s disease. Then there is the extremely graphic child molestation by the priest which goes over the top. I had to take a few days off from this book because I couldn’t stand listening to that anymore.
The one positive thing I have to say is that the narrator was amazing, I loved her voice and her presentation of the different characters.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kitty Lagorio
  • 02/05/2017

Gibney's research lacking

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I stopped listening when I got to the place where Lottie (the main character) the detective doesn't call the police when she's attacked. It makes no sense. The attacker could've dropped something to provide a clue. She was attacked. Her children were threatened and she doesn't call for help? The story stopped making sense for me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh, the narrator was quite good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. The story started out and I was invested. But when I hit that moment that had me leave the story to say, "What the heck? Why didn't she call for help?" I had no desire to forgive and go back to the story.

Any additional comments?

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kirsten S.
  • 19/12/2017

Painful

This was painful to listen to. The only thing Detective Parker does worse than "detecting" is parenting! There are many amazing strong detective characters - Lottie Parker isn't one of them! She stumbles cluelessly through a VERY obvious storyline. Painful to endure. Sadly. I had high hopes for this series.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Rob
  • 22/07/2017

okay story

We will not listen to it again but it was an intriguing story. The narrator was good.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sharon
  • 04/03/2018

Worth the Read

Not the best book I have read and did not keep me on the edges of my seat but definitely worth the the read on a lazy weekend. The story is steady and interesting, the characters are varied and well developed with a strong ending.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • mazika
  • 28/07/2017

excellent police procedural!

what can I say? I really enjoyed it!

Good police procedural, interesting female lead detective, single mum, with a complicated personality and doomed past. Nice setting: Ireland.

Some reviews criticized the bland character development, have to disagree. I felt very drawn to the characters.

For everyone who enjoys a good police procedural with an unlikely heroine in an unusual environment.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Maraike Eppert
  • 21/11/2017

Fantastic!

I hardly ever review books, but this series (there are, as for now, two more) had me in it's grip the last two weeks. There are all the elements that make for a great, classic crime story - a small town, bad weather, drug-addled inspectors, a small pinch of romance, identifiable characters, a twist you don't expect - it's awesome, and I want book four right now!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Margit Krake
  • 06/11/2018

Great

Complicated crimes from years ago stretch to modern times. Really twisted crime story. Can strongly reconmened and will now start with the second book of this series.

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Inés Kucharz
  • 27/05/2018

Too many twists

The author does her own advertising by promising an 'absolutely gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist'. Good authors do not need to make any such promises, they just write convincing stories. This author needs more than a 100 chapters for a story that could have been told in much less time, and there is nothing jaw-dropping about the twist, actually it is so twisted that in the end one is not sure (but also does not really care) who did what to whom. I am very sure that I will not read any other of these 'gripping' stories.
I was also unconvinced by Michele Moran's performance, who reads the story in a way that one is not always sure who says what, sometimes she reads the women's part in a voice that suggests a man, and then raises her voice for the man's answer.
On the whole neither the author, nor the reader of the story are to be recommended.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 17/03/2018

spannend... fast bis zum Schluss. schön geschrieb

spannend.... fast bis zum Ende. schön geschrieben. man erwartet eine Fortsetzung und ist gespannt auf lottis neue Fälle