I’ve been with this series from the start and its one of the few that goes straight to the top of my to-be-read pile as soon as it becomes available.
Patricia Gibney has a wonderful talent for writing stories with multiple strands whilst keeping the character count down.
She uses the incestuous nature of criminals, and the vulnerability of victims, to make the books realistic and enthralling.
The main character is Lottie Parker, and those familiar with the series will be aware of the ups and downs of her life and the life of her family. Although the family are front and centre in most of the books, all of them can easily be read as stand-alone crime thrillers. Just as much detail is put into her team and their continuing story.
But as well as her family, and her team, the main threads of each story revolve around the crimes, and they are all brilliant.
Broken Souls starts with the discovery of a woman hanging in a bathroom, dressed in a wedding dress. Nobody thinks this is suicide but when another woman dies in similar circumstances everybody’s worst fears are confirmed.
But, there are more crimes taking place and Lottie becomes convinced that the life of a young girl is in danger.
Never one for sticking too closely to the rules Lottie goes a bit maverick in her efforts to solve the crime and locate the young girl.
In doing so will she put herself into danger.
This book is a real page turner, if I had the time it would have been a one sitting read, unfortunately things like work get in the way.
The story is addictive and fast paced. It’s not often a cup of coffee gets chance to go cold on me but I got so carried away towards the end of this book, one went stone cold.
An absolute gem of a series, and absolute gem of a book.