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They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they've put on me. I want my own clothes. I don't know how long I've been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim's daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family....

Two days later, as a nearby house is set on fire, and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie's father before he took his own life.

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

The Lost Child is a thrilling pause-resister from the best-selling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls that will have you guessing right to the very last minute. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, and Robert Dugoni.

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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A great engaging tale!

Believable characters with enough interesting twists to keep me guessing from beginning to end ... very enjoyable :)

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Good plot. A bit convoluted for audio version

Would better in print than audio. I need four more words to post this message. Grrr

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Wow! Didn't see that coming!

Patricia Gibney is an amazing writer! This is the third book of hers that I have read. Each one keeps me at the edge of my seat, waiting to read what is going to happen next! Can't wait for the next one!

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HOLY CRAP! HOLY CRAP! AAAMAZING!

omg best book /plot/story! Ties into the other two books sooooo amazingly! don't know what to do until the next book!!!!

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IT'S A SMART CHILD THAT KNOWS HIS OWN FATHER

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Child the most enjoyable?

The characters are very deceiving. Just when you think you've got it, another twist comes along.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes. Just when you think you've got it, another twist comes along.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last chapter, when it all falls into place.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving it away, Lottie's eventual confrontation with her mother, Rose.

Any additional comments?

Gibney is a great writer and the narrator is very talented.

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  • Iscalady
  • 11-10-17

A fantastic twist, I didn’t see that coming

I like this writer, very dark stories but very human characters. Some shocking exposures of an old Ireland and its ways, hopefully long gone. Lottie Parker is a loving mother, committed policewoman and a woman on the edge. Not a winning combination but somehow you route for her, she is an old fashioned cop, with right on her side and a taste for the hard stuff. A great read.

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  • Lisa Ince
  • 11-17-17

Never Disappointed - Lottie Parker is Number 1!!

I have listened to all 3 books in quick succession and this is probably the best! Maybe its because i feel i know Lottie Parker by now, maybe its because so many of things she thinks or says I can absolutely relate to, or perhaps its because i never, ever, know whats coming next. I am a massive fan of crime books and there are a wealth of good woman characters out there but Lottie is heads and shoulders my favourite. I've loved every single one and confess i am feeling slightly despondent because i can't load up my next one. Come on Patricia, hurry up with the next instalment, because there HAS to be one. Oh and never let anyone but Michele Moran read them to me plse, coz that would be, well just wrong. Thank you!!

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  • emma banks
  • 11-13-17

fantastic

A fantastic story with a gripping story and an awesome ending. Couldn't put it down .

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  • 12-09-17

Brilliant storytelling

Loved the first Lottie Parker book and have now followed with book two another great listen and a brilliant book three. Very easy listening, great narration and good stories.
It’s going to leave a hole now I’ve finished the series.

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  • Frank
  • 12-03-17

OK story when ou finally get there

No huge surprise with the twist, though good story overall. Narrator's over pronunciation became very irritating, and was willing the book to be over by the last quarter.

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  • Cassy
  • 12-03-17

bored

Could not finish it 102 chapters could have been done in 50. Not a fan.

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  • MO
  • 12-02-17

The best so far!

A fabulous read. My favourite in the series and one of the best audible books so far for me.
A fabulous plot and excellent twist.
Can’t wait for the next one.
Highly recommended

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  • Morf
  • 11-27-17

brilliant

brilliantly written best of the three books written cant wait to see what happens with loti and byoid

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  • Peter Hawkins
  • 11-09-17

Best crime series in a long time.

I could not put this book down. Gripingly realistic, absolutely 100% believable, characters are 3 dimensional and on point as you could wish. No cliches, no tricks no slight of hand, just full on damn good story telling at it's best. I quietly hope this is the last in the seies as it just can't get any better. At the same time its so good you want more. 6 stars.

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  • stephen
  • 12-17-17

Lottie lives!

I am really enjoying getting to know Lottie Parker and all her foibles. Good story, keeps you engaged. Really looking forward to the next story.

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  • Maggie
  • 12-16-17

Gripping

The story is well laid out and interesting. It kept me listening but felt somewhat rushed at the end.