The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney
Every now and then something good comes into your life.
This happened to me the other day. I requested a copy of The Missing Ones, a debut novel by Patricia Gibney.
The book was downloaded to my Kindle and I started reading what has turned out to be an absolutely, brilliant book.
Let me introduce you to the main character.
Detective Inspector Lottie Parker.
She is 43 years old, a widow who is struggling to bring up three teenage children, struggling with the death of her husband, struggling with alcohol, and struggling with the arrogance and ignorance of her Senior Officer Superintendent Corrigan.
I think it’s fair to say life a struggle for Lottie.
But Don’t feel sorry for her, all those things just add to a character you can’t help falling in love with. Whilst she’s battling just to keep her life on track, she is a good Police Officer in the midlands of Ireland, and this book could not have been set anywhere else.
There is a murder to investigate, historic child abuse by the clergy, corruption within the town council, good priests, bad priests, nice cops and functioning cops, all interwoven into one fantastic story.
The story is told with Lottie as the main protagonist. She is called to the murder of a 51-year-old woman in a Cathedral. This is the first of a series off killings which take place over New Year 2014, in the middle of a snowy winter.
Anonymous flashback chapters tell the story of horrific happenings at St Angela’s Children’s Home in 1974. Good luck guessing who is having the flashbacks, it kept me intrigued up to the end.
Are the killings in 2014 connected with the happenings, of 40 years ago, in the now abandoned home?
Can Lottie solve the murders?
She will have to ignore her boss, rely on her team, and hope she can. Why? Because nobody is safe until the killer is caught. Nobody.
I said that every now and then something good comes into your life. Well in this case two things have.
Detective Inspector Lottie Parker and her team; and the author Patricia Gibney who has written a brilliant page turner of a Crime Thriller.
Let’s Hope we hear a lot more from both of them.