The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

23 April 2017
The Missing Ones Book Cover The Missing Ones
Lottie Parker #1
Patricia Gibney
Psychological Thriller
March 16, 2017

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

My Review of The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

While The Missing Ones is relatively fast paced with lots of twists and turns, I still had trouble getting into it at first. I am not sure why.  Somewhere through the first chapter or two, I put it down.  It took me a week or two to convince myself to give it another go and I am VERY glad I did.

As an American reading an Irish mystery, I had to google a term or two.  Their swear words were thoroughly amusing – especially their “f-word”. A few times I tried to look up a word by way of my kindle dictionary and only found the american definition, so I had to stop to google a few times, but it was fun learning new slang, so that didn’t bother me. I even found myself using the phrase “economical with the truth” a time or two. 🙂


The setting for this book was wonderful – in the down trodden, eerie, wintry, gloomy, Irish town of Ragmullin. It was a GREAT setting for a creepy, twisty mystery!  The first chapter starts with three children watching the burial (with “eyes black with terror”) of another child, wondering which one of them will be next… Spooky, right?

Lottie Parker and The Investigation

Throughout the story, we follow Detective Inspector Lottie Parker, whom I really enjoyed getting to know. Lottie is all kinds of flawed, just like most of us are! She is running the investigation of the murder of a woman named Susan who was strangled in a church…

As the investigation moves forward, we start to learn about Susan and the various other characters intertwined in her story.  There were a lot of characters and a lot of little sub-stories. Fearing that I would come to the end of the book and find myself wondering about loose ends.  Everything was satisfied in the end, when everything was revealed and I didn’t notice anything left hanging. I love a tidy book! 🙂

The subject matter is quite disturbing, but I don’t mind that… it adds to the creep factor, which I’m always looking for in a good “twisty” book.


I am VERY happy that I didn’t abandon this book.  I truly enjoyed this read.

On a separate note, I also enjoyed the little note to the readers at the end. I was very sorry to read about Ms. Gibney’s husband’s death and can definitely see where Lottie would be a character near and dear to the author’s heart. I checked goodreads right after I read this and was very happy to see that she has a second book, The Stolen Girls (Detective Lottie Parker Book 2) coming out July 6th, 2017. I can’t wait to pick that one up! I think Patricia Gibney is one of my new favorites!

Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture, and Patricia Gibney for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

Missing Ones Patricia Gibney


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