Monday, February 13, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Three Widows


She kissed her daughter, turned out the light and entered her own room. Too late to run, she stood frozen as a figure stepped out from behind the door and a hand covered her mouth. Fear was a bomb in her chest ready to explode. Her children. They’d already lost their daddy; they couldn’t lose her too.

When young widow 
Éilis Lawlor disappears in the middle of the night, with her two little children asleep in their beds, it is a chilling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Since her husband’s tragic death, Éilis is all her children have, and when Lottie sees Éilis’s house keys and phone still lying on the kitchen counter, she is terrified for the vulnerable mother’s safety.

Then Éilis’s broken body is found by a nearby lake, wrapped in an unfamiliar yellow dress, her mouth sealed with duct tape – and Lottie’s worst fears are confirmed. Someone wanted this beautiful widow dead.

Desperate to find the person behind this brutal crime, Lottie discovers that Éilis was a member of a support group for widows. And when 
Jennifer, a close friend of Éilis’s from the group, is found on a rubbish heap, wrapped in a yellow dress, Lottie vows to get justice.

Lottie dives into Jennifer’s past, and learns that she had lived a reclusive life since her husband died. She hadn’t been seen at work for months and had sheltered inside her immaculate home, only emerging for meetings with the group. But when Lottie questions the other women about Jennifer’s isolation, they claim to know nothing.

Lottie is certain that the remaining widows are hiding something. Can she uncover the truth before another innocent life is lost?

An absolutely gripping and totally addictive thriller that will keep you racing through the pages all night long. Fans of Robert Dugoni, Rachel Caine and Karin Slaughter will devour Three Widows in one sitting!


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Title:   Three Widows
Author:  Patricia Gibney 
Series:  DI Lottie Parker Book 12
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers 
Format:  Audiobook 
Narrator:  Michelle Moran
Length: 13 hrs 38 min
No. of Pages:   507
Date of Publication:   February 10, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

As this twelfth book in the fabulous D. I. Lottie Parker begins, a young mother Éilis Lawlor is returning home after a meet up with a small group of women. She sensed something wasn’t quite right, especially when she wasn’t greeted by her little dog. She had already dispatched her babysitter, but she suddenly panicks about her two children. She rushes to their rooms and they were sleeping just fine. So, she heads to her own room. Éilis was right. Something was very, very wrong. She is kidnapped. Taken from her two lovely children. 

Detective Lottie Parker barely has time to look for the missing mother, as the body of another woman has turned up, with very distinct evidence of brutality, and then there are very little clues as to discovering her identity. As Lottie soon learns that Éilis has gone missing, she wonders if there is a connection between both women. She indeed discovers the connection, that small group of women where they are all widows. 

Lottie’s detectives are distracted with this latest case. She is involved with Boyd, but the two barely have time to grow their relationship due to other issues. For Boyd, he is having problems with his ex-wife. She is coming to Ireland. Recently united with his eight-year-old son Sergio, Boyd worries if he will lose his dear son. Lottie has her own issues on a personal level. Her mother Rose has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is currently staying with Lottie and her family. Then there is Kirby, known to have too many drinks, and now he is enamored with a woman named Amy, a woman he awoke and found in his bed. 

Despite everything going on with the detectives, this case needs their fullest attention. Then there is friction in their workplace as well. Can Lottie pull all of them together, including herself with her own woes, and find the vicious killer of these women? 

What a thrilling story! Compelling and intense, whether while trying to seek out the killer, or whether the detectives navigating their personal lives. This series keeps getting better and better. I love Lottie, especially when it comes to her determination to solve her cases, all while balancing both her team and her personal life. 

While I was able to guess the murderer well past the halfway mark in this chilling read, there were enough twists and turns with a few cleverly placed red herrings to place me in doubt as well as to keep me both guessing and fully invested. I eagerly await book thirteen in this stellar series. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

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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