Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 480
Date of Publication: June 15, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
DI Lottie Parker and her team are missing DS Mark Boyd, as he is in Spain while he gets to know his newly-discovered son. In this harrowing case, Lottie deals with the murder of seventeen-year-old Lucy McCallister. The teen’s parents were away when she threw a party that ultimately resulted in her murder. Not only is Lottie very concerned about the loss of this young life, after discovering that the teen’s parents had left her on her own for several weeks, her concern is raised even higher.
One of the party’s guests was Lottie’s son Sean. Not trusting Sean to be at a party that was likely unsupervised, Lottie actually waits outside and takes him home at some point. Then, when she is called to the scene of the brutal crime, she is relieved that Sean is completely innocent. However, Sean is keeping something from his mother. Other guests at the party included a tee who brought in drugs and alcohol. Factoring in the part was fairly well a setup to humiliate another teen that was invited, the case proves extremely complicated for Lottie.
Where does Lottie begin, especially when things at her home begin to unravel? Sadly, other teen deaths also occur in fairly quick succession, thus keeping Lottie on her toes, all while she can’t help but become emotionally involved. Interviewing teens cannot be easy, even with Lottie herself being a mother. There are some horrid details that Lottie is forced to face, thus more lives prove to be in danger, possibly to herself.
In this highly emotive read, any parent will want to hug their child closer, no matter how old. This book is a crime thriller that presents real problems that teenagers face in these perilous times. Serious issues are dealt with in this book beyond murder. These include drug abuse, childhood sexual abuse, bullying and more.
Lottie finds herself torn both professionally and personally while trying to find out who is behind these murders. With excellent pacing, powerful characters, a few surprises, and an emotional ending, this book is one of the strongest in this thoroughly engaging series by Patricia Gibney. This brilliant series is going strong and remains one of my favorite from this publisher. I cannot wait for book 12, especially when Boyd returns with his son.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.
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