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The Lost Child

Narrated by: Michele Moran
Series: Detective Lottie Parker, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (651 ratings)

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"Let me out! Please...." My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes....

Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farmhouse in the bleak Irish countryside. Inside, she finds a scene that speaks of uncontrollable rage: glasses smashed, chairs ripped apart, the woman’s body broken. 

A black rain jacket makes Lottie think she knows the killer’s identity, but then she finds a disturbing clue: is the murder linked to an old case at St Declan’s asylum - a case investigated by her own father, just before he took his life? 

When another victim is left without her tongue on the hospital steps, and a young girl goes missing, Lottie knows she has to act fast. Can she face her own demons and uncover the truth before another life is taken? 

An absolutely gripping book from the best-selling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls. If you love Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, or Robert Dugoni, you’ll be completely hooked. 

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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Please make it a movie

I would love to see this turned into film. I've enjoyed the other two books in the series but this one had me on the edge of my seat. It's complicated and surprising. Most of all it's left me urgently craving the next installment in Lottie Parker's life. Can be read as a stand alone. Highly recommend to those who love crime fiction.

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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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Incomplete Story

This story was not as bad as the last. At least Lottie Parker seemed a bit more intelligent and had better detecting skills. The most annoying thing about this book, however, is that it left a number of storylines unfinished. I waited to listen to the next book in the series and nothing was even mentioned about those unfinished threads. Also, Ms Parker really does need to get a better grip on her life. Her character is a bit tiresome.

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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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  • MCubed
  • Summerville, SC, United States
  • 02-28-18

How can a detective be so dumb?

Narrator - great, Story - average, but character development is pretty weak...really dumb at times! I found myself saying, really, you NEVER learn? Even Boyd, who's kind & compassionate, very aware... seriously, he leaves her standing outside her driveway at midnight, after saying "be careful" and drives off without waiting to see if she gets inside? which of course leaves her available to be whacked over the head and kidnapped.
You're worried about your best friend, who then calls you....and you can't be bothered to return her call for days?
And I'm curious, just how many life crises the author thinks one character can suffer before she completely splinters and becomes mental? Or is that what were leading up to, the perfect psycho?
Dad was killed, husband died, herself a druggy, one kid hurts herself, one became a teen mom, one was kidnapped and all three in therapy, and mom ain't a stellar support system. Geesh, give your character a break for a change.

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Bad in so many ways

Ridiculous story. I found myself disliking the main character and thinking her completely lacking in detecting ability.

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Great!

The Lost Child, is another slam dunk book in the series of Detective Lottie Parker!

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Audio is horrible

The audio on this book sounds like it was done in the bathroom incredibly distracting

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Horrible!

Long and extremely drawn out. The entire book is based on some old detective that isn’t hardly a detective. Took me several weeks to tune back in as unfinished books are my backup, but good grief. Horrible. Tune into an infomercial channel before spending actual money on this ridiculous book.

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The most captivating Lottie Parker yet!

I can honestly say I did not see the end coming, but it was welcome and kept the drama building. Excellent narration as per usual and this story will definitely stand out as a gem among the others!

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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!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • ashtraygirl7
  • 10-07-18

Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book. Listened to it in a day. I'm an avid listener to psychological thrillers but dip into books in this series every now and again. However I enjoyed this one so much that I'm going to listen to the next book in this series straight away. If you're dithering about this one then please don't, I'm confident that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-08-18

Lottie parker

Again amazing can't wait for book 4 have now read all 3. All are addictive

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  • k
  • 12-22-17

Fabulous narrator

The narrator was superb and I will look out for more books read by her. The characters were interesting and complex with lots of personality touches that made them very realistic. I was completely engaged from the beginning ro the end of the book. The reason for the missing star is down to some credibility-stretching moments in the plot when I found myself thinking: come on! call for back up, or take the obvious action, not the one that allows the perpetrator to keep going! Overall though, a really fresh and twisty listen.

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  • rebecca
  • 12-20-17

Fantastic!

Gripping to the end! Just when I thought I had put the pieces together another twist kept me guessing. Loved every one of the books so far.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jan Richardson
  • 03-18-18

fabulous read

The lost child was the third in the series of inspector Lottie Parker I loved this book has a great twist at the end looking forward to the next book

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  • Ellen
  • 11-22-18

Lost child

The book was very good I enjoyed the suspense it kept me on the edge of my seat the twist at the end was really good

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  • Kirsten Forrester
  • 04-30-18

Plot v Character v Narrator

Plot was quit good, it kept me wondering and had those areas where I guessed something’s but not all.
Characters were a little wanting. I couldn’t quite see Lottie.
The narrator, while speaking well, was difficult to follow sometimes during dialogue as the differences were had to discern.

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  • Rosemary
  • 03-10-18

I didn't see that coming

A great story that gets you hooked with the well written characters and keeps you guessing till the end

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  • Lyn
  • 03-03-18

Enjoyable

When will Gibney release the next book? The way she combines the books is marvelous. Now l want to read the next chapter...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-18

Worst book ever!!

I have never not finished a book before until this one. The story line was horrible! Way too many people were murdered. I had no idea what was going on and I still had 5 hours left. But I stuck it out and tried to finish it. Finally, with 3 hours left I'd had enough. The performance was shocking. She's completely monotone and gives no life to the story. Not that there is any because everyone dies. Do not waste your time nor money on this horrible book.

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  • Nicole Tucker
  • 01-27-18

Can this story get any more twisted?

Wow! Another fantastic tale by Patricia Gibney.

Lottie Parker finds herself and her team investigating the murder of an old lady and the disappearance of the lady's daughter. But, more murders keep happening Lottie must work out how they are all connected, why is it happening and what / who is behind this nightmare. What she uncovers in the end will shock her to the core and send her world upside-down.

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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.