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.

Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally, she found herself writing in the crime genre.

A life-changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49-year-old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.

Initially, Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels.

The Missing Ones (Book 1) was published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, was published on July 6th, 2017.

Book 3 in the series, The Lost Child, publishes on October 27th 2017

This came up as free in a social media advert, sounded just the sort of story I like so I pressed go. I had not heard of this author, even though she is a best seller and the book was published in 2017. So pleased I bought it as it was thought-provoking and kept you imagining all sorts of scenarios, I never manage to work out what’s going on until the end. I really enjoyed this story, different from your usual thriller and I can see why Patricia is a best-selling author all over the world.


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