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(DS Lucy Black #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,625 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Lucy Black must protect the young and vulnerable . . . but can she protect herself?

Late December. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is called to identify the body. The only clues to the dead teenager's last movements are stored in her mobile phone and on social media - and it soon becomes clear that her 'friends' were not
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Constable (first published September 1st 2013)
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Bruce Hatton
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-crime
I find I'm enjoying this series just as much as I did the author's previous Benedict Devlin books. And for pretty much the same reasons too: a credible and well-drawn cast of central characters - each with their own anxieties and flaws; intricate and original plotlines; all set against the backdrop of a region still deeply scarred by the former "Troubles" ( a harsh euphemism for what was essentially a civil war).
Brian McGilloway certainly pulls no punches when describing the cruelties some

I had read Brian McGilloway's Borderlands and was so impressed with it that I bought this immediately when it was an advertised daily deal. It didn't have the intensity or the suspense of Borderlands, but I still enjoyed it. I'd put this in the category of books that are good evening reading on days when your concentration has ebbed or you're feeling a little worn from the day. The protagonist, Lucy Black, is suitably complex. She's grappling with regret, the grey areas of morality, and a frayed
Diane S ☔
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
3.5 Third book in the series but the first I have read. I can tell I missed some background in the relationship of the characters, but that did not stop my enjoyment of this novel. The character of Lucy Black is a most interesting one. She tends to act every which way in order to solve the case, especially in this one where a young girl she knew is killed and other young girls are at risk. Many dead ends, surprises and twist keep the story line moving, with of course many things going on in the ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Following the phenomenal success of Little Girl Lost, the first thriller featuring DS Lucy Black, McGilloway returns to her character in his new release Hurt. Despite me being a huge fan if the Inspector Devlin series, I must confess that somehow McGilloway’s alternative series had escaped my radar, so this is my first foray into Lucy Black’s world, and a thoroughly riveting and enjoyable one at that.

There is more than enough reference to the events of the first book for the new reader to be
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a wonderful book.
The second outing for DS Lucy Black in the PPU in Derry (Public Protection Unit).
The writing is tight and the plot clever and original; the timeframe is short and Lucy is on hand to follow up each new lead and plot advancement. This make for an exciting read and compelling in terms of its development and outcome.
The author also writes well in terms of plot, character and descriptive prose making for a engaging read you will be reluctant to put down.
I fell in love with
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Late Sunday 16th December

Harry a railway line worker in Derry finds a young sixteen-year old girl laying face down on the train line track with a gapping wound.

The only way to find out Karen Hughes last movements was to inspect her mobile phone and on the social media. Forensics examine all of Karen;s clothes to see if any traces of something will help them arrest who killed Karen Hughes.

It appears that four girls under the of eighteen had gone missing and never been found. With twenty-two
Did not enjoy this book as much as the first one in the series. Will read more. Hope that the 3rd one will intrigue me more. 3 stars
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A young girl goes missing from care and is found 3 days later with her throat cut on a railway line. Unfortunately for the murderer the train didn't run her over and make it look like suicide because someone had stolen the electric cable and halted the train. Then another girl goes missing. This is an extremely well plotted novel with circles within circles and ripples going out the way but it is all very logical and easy to follow. It gives a very clear picture of policing in Northern Ireland ...more
Andy Plonka
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: src
I really liked the ending of this one. Some problems solved but some unresolved for later books in the series.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: police procedurals fans
Another great story in the DS Lucy Black series! I love the cover, but not sure how it relates to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series, The Forgotten Ones.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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Publisher - C& R Crime

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Lucy Black must protect the young and vulnerable . . . but can she protect herself?

Late December. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is called to identify the body. The only clues to the dead teenager's last movements are stored in her mobile phone and on social media - and it soon becomes clear that her 'friends' were not as trustworthy as she thought. Lucy is no stranger
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The second book to feature DS Lucy Black by Brian McGilloway, Hurt begins with the discovery of a body, quickly identified as that of a missing teenage girl. In and out of care due to her mother's alcoholism and her her father's incarceration, Karen Hughes has had her throat cut before being discarded on the train tracks. With little more than the information stored in Karen's phone and on social media to guide them, Lucy and her colleagues begin to trace her last movements, uncovering a
Lynda Kelly
Highly disappointing.........this author has gone from hero to almost-zero for me. I made special mention in my review of his prior Lucy Black outing that there were no mistakes and what a reading pleasure it was.....not so with this one. I was glad to get it finished and if it wasn't part of the series I'd have jacked it in. Don't get me wrong, the story was great again but the editing in this one's a real mess. There are way too many sloppy mistakes that Little Girl Lost didn't have. I don't ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads, many thanks for my copy.

Hurt is the second novel by Brian McGilloway featuring Detective Sergeant Lucy Black. The novel is set in Northern Ireland and starts with the dead body of a sixteen year old girl found on train tracks.

I found the first half of the book a little disjointed and slow to get into, there were a lot of different names introduced and at times I had to stop to recall who was who.

From the halfway point onwards the book picks up pace and
I have read several McGilloway novels that feature Inspector Devlin. I prefer Devlin to DS Lucy Black. Black lacks the characteristics I usually look for in a female police protagonist. This is a story that focuses on exploitation of teenage girls. I found the scenario somewhat outlandish, but perhaps such rings exist. I won't reveal more as I don't want spoilers. There are some details of the Derry context, but I prefer the Devlin series as the context is explored in more depth and vividly ...more
Amanda Mann *Rabid Readers Book Blog*
Since I have been reading this series in order, I am getting use to the wording and that makes it a lot easier to get into. So I can do a completely honest review now that I wasn't struggling with the format and what not.

This one didn't have as many twists and turns that the first book had, not so much of a surprise villain because we didn't really know him like we did in the first book. This book was a little difficult for me to get into because it was about children and, now that I'm a
A fairly good mystery about an Irish policewoman who works primarily with the at risk people such as children, women and those society abandons.

There isn't much I want to say about the book as nothing stands out particularly. The story deals with young people whose parents are drug users, alcoholics and criminals for the most part. The kids are tough street wise and form their own culture or gangs to survive in the lower-class neighborhoods where they live. Sargeant Lucy Black, who is part of
Angela Oatham
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent follow up to Little Girl Lost. Lucy Black is still haunted by her failure to save a young girl and the revelations about her fathers past but now another young girl has been found, left to die on a railway line. Soon another girl is missing and Lucy must break through the teenage silences to uncover what's going on. Pacey, well written and with enough loose ends to ensure I'll read the next one.
Beth Wills
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, irish
Erg. Not as good as the Inspector Devlin series. Lucy is starting to annoy me. She has a major chip on her shoulder, and seems to feel rules don't apply to her. Now if she was a more talented detective, I might forgive her that, but her refusal to follow those rules just makes things worse all the way round.
Jo Anne
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The second book in the lucy black series and just as brilliant and gripping. The story itself a bit harrowing in content but it's just truth as the world unfortunately is a dark place. Can't wait to read number three
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of Perfect Remains by Helen Fields.
Marvellous book. I really like Lucy Black and care about what happens to her.
All storylines culminating in a most satisfying conclusion without any disappointments.
A re-read of the prologue after finishing the story explained the descriptive passages subtlety described within it.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I find the stories of Lucy Black Fascinating. Lucy takes some bumps and bruises with her catching the bad guys which makes these stories that much more exciting. I have to wonder what role Cooper will play in future books....
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying story, wrapping history, contemporary themes around abuse and the moral dilemmas dealing with this in a police procedural that's more Morse than cops and robbers. The main protagonist DS Lucy Black has been given the requisite flaws but the story holds and engages.
Anne Baker
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somehow I had missed this second Lucy Black novel. A good read with believable characters.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good second instalment to this series. Kept me interested throughout
Good narration
Diane Large
My first read for McGilloway. There are a lot of characters and it took me a while to get everyone straight, but I did like the Lucy Black character. I will read more.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-1/2 ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I have read it with title "Hurt". This is a very good series.
I'm still liking this series with Lucy Black. Which says something since I am not a big fan of mystery. I also really like how it is set in Derry, Northern Ireland. Definitely sounds like an interesting place.
John McKenna
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mysterious Book Report No. 137
by John Dwaine McKenna
One of the up and coming new authors who’s gaining a lot of credibility because he writes great mysteries with a political twist is an Irish writer named Brian McGilloway. He lives and works in Derry, Northern Ireland, in an area known as the borderlands, because it abuts the Republic of Ireland. It is an area with unique, even extreme, sensibilities due to the protestant and catholic violence between British Loyalists or Prods, and Catholic
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Brian McGilloway is an author hailing from Derry, Northern Ireland. He studied English at Queens University Belfast, where he was very active in student theatre, winning a prestigious national Irish Student Drama Association award for theatrical lighting design in 1996. He is currently Head of English at St. Columb's College, Derry. McGilloway's debut novel was a crime thriller called Borderlands. ...more

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