The Stolen Girls
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.
Could this be the same girl?
More lists with this book...
I highly recommend starting with the first in the series, as you’ll be introduced to all the players in Detective Inspector Lottie Parker's life. Both personally and professionally. We pick up the story a few months following the end of book one (No spoilers here!). In this second installment, Lottie's work and family life are equally divided and the lines get crossed or at least blurred in that res ...more
Detective Lottie Parker is a mess. Her three children are trying to recover from the events that occurred four months prior (in book one), and her partner Boyd is also falling apart. To say their lives are in shambles is an understatement.
When the body of a young pregnant woman is found buried on a r ...more
This is the second book in the Detective Lottie Parker Series. I loved this one more than the first book. This action packed, nerve wrecking tale had me furiously turning pages late into the night to see what happened next. Beautifully written, fast paced, and thrilling. This is a police procedural with a lot of twists thrown in. I didn't know who the killer was until the end and the last twist involving one of the main characters was a beautifully happy moment to read. This is another masterpi ...more
Wow, Ms. Patricia Gibney has written a great follow up to her debut novel, The Missing Ones. The Stolen Girls, #2 in the Detective Lottie Parker series, packs a wallop.
DI Lottie Parker is back to work with the Irish garda (police) after a several month leave of absence following her harrowing adventures chronicled in The Missing Ones. A single mom of three, Lottie is seemingly operating with minimal sleep and piles of outside distractions, mainly having to do with her highly stressed t ...more
On her first day back, she's handed a murder investig ...more
Yes, I am handing out another 5 star to Patricia Gibney who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors for police procedurals. Earlier this year, I read her debut novel "The Missing Ones " and was dying to get my hands on book two. Thank goodness I didn't have to wait a whole year!
The Stolen Girls, takes place four months after the events of the aforementioned book one and Lottie and her team have the tas ...more
I recommend reading the books in order in the series, as the novels pick-up where the last one finishes off. In this second novel, Lottie walks a fine line between work and family life. Detective Lottie Parker, our protagon ...more
the story starts off when a woman & a child end up at Lottie Parkers house wanting help but Lottie turns them away she is having problems with her children coping with events four months prior ( in book one ...more
A book full of disturbing characters with a dark, gritty, gory , disturbing, violent plot but realistic.
A fast paced, full of twists and turns, full of nasty characters and a main character in Lottie Parker who is no saint herself and surely need lessons in parenthood, but fully dedicated police officer.
The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’
One Mon ...more
A pregnant girl is found in the ground by a labourer doing roadworks. Soon another womans body is found, again by the same man, in the same circumstances.
Meanwhile Lottie Parker has a female caller and small child to her house. Foreign with very little English, she is pleading with Lottie to help her find her missing friend and leaves her ...more
Thing move at a rapid pace. More murdered young women with ...more
The story alternates between current day and Kosovo during the war. In Kosovo a young orphaned boy is found wandering and is taken by soldiers to the Chicken Farm. One of these soldiers is so kind to him but there are others he is unsure of.
In present day Ireland Lottie Parker and her team are dealing with th ...more
While Patricia Gibney debut novel The Missing Ones did not reinvent the crime/thriller wheel, what it did do was give us what we fans of the gen ...more
- Blundering evildoers shambling around doing their evil deeds. Lucky for them, that the detective team after them was quite dysfunctional & without a single detective on it, seemingly. Lucky dogs!
- The notion that about just anyone can grab a scalpel, cut out a bunch of entrails, put them in some container and voila, they've got organs for transplantation is underresearched, let's put it like that,
- The timelines & the POVs jumping around didn't really improve anything,
- All the ...more
After a few months off to help her children recover from the events of the first novel, The Missing Ones, Lottie comes back to work and has to dive straight back into another murder, that of a young woman found in some roadworks. As the bodies pile up the case widens into something much more.
The Stolen Girls is an extrem ...more
Those of you who haven’t yet made the acquaintance of Lottie Parker, I’ll recap.
Lottie Parker is a Garda Síochána detective inspector who lives and works in the fictional town of Ragmullin in the Irish Midlands ...more
The investigative team is led by DI Lottie Parker, recently returned to duty after a harrowing ordeal, and who is visited at her home by a foreign girl with a small boy, ha ...more
First the negative. The narrator is SLOW, but on 1.25 works great. Also, I'm not sure how tired I am with cases (not just in this series but in others) involving the lead's family/friend/lover but I'm close to being over it. Why can't a lead just have family/friends/lovers that just exist and not be haunted by the plot line.
That said I really like Lottie Parker and her gang. It's filled with suspense, complicated relationships, police procedural, and action - I say ...more
I was totally blown away by Gibney’s debut, The Missing Ones and really excited that it was the start of a new series featuring Lottie Parker. I’ve been dying to read this book since I finished the first and I’m so glad to be able to tell you that book two is just as amazing as the first one!
There is a lot going on here, plenty of cases running simultaneously and tons to keep Lottie on her toes. First, the body of a young pregnant girl is foun ...more
Nothing could have prepared me for The Stolen Girls. I knew the book was the second in a series, but I felt adventurous enough to jump in anyway and go against my own rule about reading books in order. I am both happy and devastated I took that decision!
The opening sets the tone. I was strangely fascinated and repulsed by the story I was being told. A land far away, a few years ago, and yet I could feel everything as if it were happening in front of my eyes. This is the first step of a harrowing...more
Clearly it works but for me it is a slight criticism. This is not a fair critique I accept like being delighted by a new beer from your favourite brewery and complaining that they used the same ingredients.
The driving force behind the crime here is greed and the profits to be made people trafficking and prostitution in Lottie Parke ...more
The Stolen Girls is the second book in the Lottie Parker series and I’m already telling you now that no, you shouldn’t read this as a stand-alone. Lottie and her family are struggling with the devastating consequences of the case in the previous book and if you don’t know what happened there, you’re missing out on quite a bit.
A young woman and her son app ...more
The opening is very raw and heartbreaking, so be prepared! Once again, we find Lottie struggling with family, work and life, and not always with good results. I appreciate her flaws, but at the same time, would like to see some more stability with her - this is ...more
I really had trouble liking the lead on the murder investigation, Detective Lottie Parker. She wa ...more
Coming right off of Book One in the Lottie Parker series (The Missing Girls), we go right back into Lottie's life a few months later. Book Two has Lottie getting back to work, but before she can even get out of her house, a young woman and her son are on her doorstep, seeking help. Leaving a mysterious letter they need to translate, she heads into work and is immediately distracted with a murdered young pregnant woman. Lottie tends to push the line when it comes to what she should be doing while ...more