Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
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 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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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