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The Missing Ones Audiobook

The Missing Ones: Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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    Cassandra 05-22-17
    Cassandra 05-22-17
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    "Tangled, strange murder mystery a disappointment"

    Irish church and state history of corruption erupts in vengeance and violence- to what end?

    I am left scratching my head after finishing "The Missing Ones," perhaps more so than after any mystery/suspense novel in recent memory- and not in a positive way.

    The mystery or mysteries(?) exist, that is true. In retrospect I can untangle a few different strands of mystery-type plot that either run throughout the whole book or start somewhere and maybe end somewhere, some resolved to some satisfaction or sense, some not at all. I felt that some of the many tangential plots going on were not helpfully contributing to what I think was the author's intended main idea. Some of them were not interesting. Some were just strange.

    For example, DI Lottie Parker herself is the root of many odd side-plots and anachronisms that I could barely stand. I found this character extremely unlikeable. Often, a main character who is prickly of personality has other redeeming qualities, such as, loyalty to her team, or brilliant detective skills, or extreme dedication in search of the truth. Here, I saw an attempt at a cliched "flawed personality" taken to an unpleasant extreme, if that makes sense. She is unlikeable. No sense of humor (only her loyal sidekick Boyd thinks she is endearing when she swears at him and puts him down constantly, and I mean constantly, and uses him as a drunk-dial when she's black-out drunk, which he falls for every time). To me, no underlying heart of gold. She acts unkindly to pretty much everyone. She is disrespectful to her investigative team. There is no sense of morale. The author deftly describes the cold weather at every turn. We can imagine the cold, gray expanse. We can also imagine a cold, gray incident room. For example, when one of her DCs tries to actually do his job and draws a diagram to try and connect different victims, she publicly insults him, meanwhile sitting at her desk bemoaning it's messiness and making fun of Boyd for being so neat and orderly.

    DI Parker "solves" the main mystery, kind of, through the use of archival records which she accesses only through the kindness of a rogue priest who risks excommunication for her. Then she gets lucky when other people sort of show up out of the woodwork and tell her stuff. She doesn't do much, truly. She sends out her people, then yells at them for doing a bad job, but I'm serious- she doesn't really do a lot of detective work unless it falls in her lap, and even then she has trouble connecting the dots when the reader has figured it out 250 pages ago.

    Overall, I finished the book because I wanted to see a resolution. The last 1/4 finally got good. The first 3/4 dragged with little progress. DI Parker was not pleasant or interesting enough to make up for the lack of action happening. The other characters were mediocre. The boss cop was a bad caricature of a cranky boss again taken to painful extremes. The crimes were strangely evil without ever really being explained or their reasons examined. The snapshots back to 40 years ago could have been so much more interesting, but they were just blips. I didn't get it.

    I won't even discuss her family life. It was just as annoying if not more so than her sad performance as a detective and leader.

    I am disappointed with The Missing Ones and disheartened that this first in a potentially great new series is a let-down. I will, however, give the next one a try, because I don't give up easily. I hope that the author gives Lottie Parker some redeeming qualities in the next book, and also tightens up the plot for a more suspenseful and interesting mystery.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 07-22-17
    Rob 07-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "okay story"

    We will not listen to it again but it was an intriguing story. The narrator was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Lagorio Western Pennsylvania 05-02-17
    Kitty Lagorio Western Pennsylvania 05-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Gibney's research lacking"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I stopped listening when I got to the place where Lottie (the main character) the detective doesn't call the police when she's attacked. It makes no sense. The attacker could've dropped something to provide a clue. She was attacked. Her children were threatened and she doesn't call for help? The story stopped making sense for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh, the narrator was quite good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The story started out and I was invested. But when I hit that moment that had me leave the story to say, "What the heck? Why didn't she call for help?" I had no desire to forgive and go back to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Irene Renkas 05-01-17
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    "The missing ones"

    Ok did not like this book at all. It dragged on and on an d hard to like any of the characters. I would not recommend it.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel 04-15-17
    Laurel 04-15-17

    I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!

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    "Missing but never Forgotten"

    I am eager for the next in the series. Story was well enough written to build relationships and empathy for the characters. Their problems and struggles were real world enough to draw me in and not so overwhelming that i finished without hope. No easy solutions but confidence that they can overcome - encouragement I need from my readings. There was some sadness which at one point I almost decided I would just rewrite in my own version of the book - but ultimately made my peace with.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Becky 04-14-17
    Becky 04-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "slow start"

    ok once it got started. Did show some of inside story of scandals with abuse and cover up in Catholic church.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sofie BRIDGEPORT, TX, US 04-11-17
    Sofie BRIDGEPORT, TX, US 04-11-17
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved loved loved it! I love that the narrator was Irish made the story being in Ireland that much better. The story was great sad but still good.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 04-05-17
    6catz 04-05-17 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "I like Lottie"

    Good characters keep this dark tale of murder and abuse chugging along to a satisfying conclusion. Would certainly read another in the expected series to follow. Thumbs up.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Hope N. Brokaw Tega Cay, SC USA 08-15-17
    Hope N. Brokaw Tega Cay, SC USA 08-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Be prepared to get sucked in!!!"

    This was one of the most thrilling books I have read. Filled with rich character development and an enticing plot. Grab a good glass of wine and enjoy! Can't wait to read book two.

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    Brenda Harris Flint, MI United States 08-15-17
    Brenda Harris Flint, MI United States 08-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldnt stop listening, great story."

    The clipped dialog must be adjusted to and the Irish accent a little difficult. But enjoyed the jibes and retorts. Good read.

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    5/28/17
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    "Gripping"
    Would you listen to The Missing Ones again? Why?

    The narrator was so good, so many twists to the plot I need to listen again. I don't want it to stop


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. J. Answer
    5/24/17
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    "Gripping"

    Got into the story straight away and gripped me until the end.
    The narration was excellent too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/19/17
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    "Brilliant story"

    A really gripping story, brilliantly read. I couldn't stop listening and wanted it to last longer

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vee
    5/7/17
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    "Modern crime horror worthy of Netflix series"

    Excellent. Has everything you want in an unputdownable detective novel. Excellent audible narration. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alva Brough
    5/8/17
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    "Gripping "

    a good read, distressing, leaves you aware that children are still being harmed by evildoers today

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • KayCoop
    5/1/17
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    "Brilliant book."

    It is a great storyline that keeps you hooked to the end. I would read more from this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/30/17
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    "Good story line"

    The story was good , I think the characters have a chance to develop in future books.
    The narration was performed well .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley Brazill
    6/11/17
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    "Regrettably obvious"

    I nearly stopped reading quite a few times. I persevered but with no real gain. Although the details are horrific, it's a same old plot really.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. Mascott
    5/31/17
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    "First rate"

    Gripping from the first page, plenty going on, secondary stories well meshed. Well read, the twist is unexpected and brilliant!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • andrea m spiller
    5/23/17
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    "so good"

    I really enjoyed this book , so I am waiting for the next Lottie Parker book 2 .
    Hope it as good .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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