A few weeks ago I reviewed the great new DI Lottie Parker novel by Patricia Gibney
Today its publication day and the first day of the blog tour.
What makes these books so good.
I think they are written from the heart. Patricia writes these books with an understanding and an empathy for people, Police Officers, Criminals and victims all get a back story which allows the reader to engage with each character.
I love Lottie Parker and her slightly dysfunctional life style and family problems. I like the police team she has around her.
Most of all I love the depth of the story, the intricate crimes, and the relationship between the characters.
My Review of no safe place is below.
No Safe Place Patricia Gibney
Shout it out loud, for everybody who loves good Police Thrillers, DI Lottie Parker is back
The book starts with bad news for Parker’s boss which means even worse news for Parker, she’s is in for a hard time at work. Things at home are no better either as she comes to terms with the revelations about her own parents and tries to deal with her own kids.
So, when a case comes along that will test her, and her team, Lottie is already on the edge.
A naked woman is killed as she runs naked from her assailant through a grave yard.
Is she the same woman that has gone missing from the commuter train which ferries people between Ragmullin and Dublin?
Lottie and her DS, Boyd, are looking into the missing woman when a member of the travelling community reports hearing screams coming from a graveyard in the middle of the night. When they go to investigate they find a body in a grave that is about to be used for a funeral.
The case strikes a strong resemblance to an unsolved missing persons case from 10 years ago. Could they be connected?
As the team start to investigate the death a series of suspects come into the frame, and the beauty of this book is those suspects. Patricia Gibney has written a complex who-done-it based around the death of the woman in the graveyard. Three members of the same family; Paddy, the husband of Bridie, the traveller who reported the screaming; an ex-boyfriend, and the strange station manager for the local train station, all get looked at during the inquiry.
Gibney has woven a tale of half-truths and lies, but who is lying about what. Have they all got something to do with the murder, or have they all just got guilty little secrets that they don’t want anybody else to know.
All the time the investigation is continuing another woman is being held captive. The team don’t know it, but they are racing against time to identify the killer whilst the captive is still alive.
While investigation is taking place, Lottie is fighting her attraction to a colleague. She desperately needs some comfort, and somebody to show her a bit of affection, but is he the right person to do it. And as long as she resists human comfort there is always the spectre of alcohol and strong prescription drugs hanging over her.
With her new boss is out for her, a new journalist is in town and she is on a witch hunt which seems to be targeting Parker
Can she function properly?
Can her team solve the case?
Can she keep her job?
This book is a compelling read that kept me turning page after page with an anticipation that bordered on addiction.
Patricia Gibney has created a great cast of characters with DI Lottie Parker at the centre. Her team, her family, the witness and suspects she interviews are all very realistic characters. They all have their own stories that knit perfectly with the main story.
I can’t help investing in the main characters in the book, so much so that at one time I actually felt like giving one of Parkers daughters, Chloe, a good shake.
This book can be read as an excellent stand-alone novel. But to get the best out of it I would highly recommend the other 3 books in the series.
Then, like me, you can sit back and eagerly await book 5.
Book 1 The Missing Ones https://nigeladamsbookworm.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/the-missing-ones-patricia-gibney/
Book 2 The Stolen Girls https://nigeladamsbookworm.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/the-stolen-girls/
Book 3 The Lost Child https://nigeladamsbookworm.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/the-lost-child-patricia-gibney/
No Safe Place
Publishing Date UK: 22nd March 2018
Books 1, 2, and three available on Amazon, No Safe Place available to pre-order on Amazon