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Los niños desaparecidos

(D.I. Lottie Parker #1)

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Cuando descubren el cuerpo sin vida de una mujer en la catedral y, más tarde, encuentran a un hombre ahorcado en un árbol, la policía asigna el caso a la inspectora Lottie Parker. Los fallecidos trabajaban juntos en el ayuntamiento de Ragmullin y, además, tienen el mismo extraño tatuaje en la pierna. La cone

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Published October 3rd 2018 by Principal de los Libros (first published March 16th 2017)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
99 cents kindle US! *Buddy Read with my lovely friend, Sarah J ❤️ My sweet friend Sarah had to run and do some stuff so she will be finishing this tonight or first thing in the morning. We have had fun with this cray of a book!


So, I'm pretty good and figuring things out in a book when it comes to mysteries. I had most of it down in this one, the usual stuff that you know is going down. But that ending! That ending broke me. I didn't see it coming and I should have seen it a mile
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A brilliant debut thriller featuring Detective inspector Lottie Parker, a very flawed but tough-as-nails inspector. Still reeling from the loss of her husband, she’s also taxed with trying to find the difficult balance between work and raising her three children. She will leave you rooting for her both personally and professionally.

Years ago St Angela’s had been a home for wayward children, where families would drop off their children when they could not, or simply chose not to care for them. Se
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Adrian personally
4.5 stars

The Missing Ones is an outstanding debut thriller from Irish author Ms. Patricia Gibney. It is book one of the Detective Lottie Parker series, and I am excited to hop aboard and ride along with Lottie and her team in future installments.

What an engaging read this was! By the time I read through the chilling prologue and the stomach-churning first chapter, two murders had been committed, 39 years apart. From that point on, I was hooked and blazed through this 518 pager. It seemed more li
Mary Beth
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is book 1 in the Detective Lottie Parker Series. It is an awesome debut thriller. It took me awhile to get into it. At first I wasn't so sure I was going to like it. It was complexed with lots of characters. The book kept me engaged. The ending was an edge of your seat thrill ride. It was certainly dark material but made it into an exciting story. It is a gripping, gritty, and tense read set in Ireland.

I don't think the characters were developed very well and am hoping they will be develop
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
The Missing Ones features a flawed heroine; a suspenseful, dark, and well-plotted mystery and some really messed up twists and turns! This is the first in a new series featuring Detective Lottie Parker.

A series of murders occur in a small town in Ireland and the Catholic Church is what ties them together. Detective Lottie Parker, her partner Boyd, and team are called to investigate. What they discover leads them to uncover years of horrific sexual and physical abuse taking place at a home for or
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Well... I'm going to say I'm definitely the outlier when it comes to this book.

I'm beginning to see a pattern with a lot of books... but not sure if I'm in a book rut/slump but this book just didn't have the depth I was looking for.

I honestly struggled to finish this book. I was fighting to connect to this one and was thinking dang all my good reads friends rated 4 and 5 stars.... so it should start picking up. Yeah.... I was waiting awhile..eeek

I was bored and in my opinion it was wayyyyy to
THE MISSING ONES is Patricia Gibneys debut thriller novel and features Ireland Detective Lottie Parker. This is a well-written, highly suspenseful page turner, while disturbing in nature, but with well flushed out characters and plenty of twists and turns to satisfy the reader, I am sure this is the beginning of a promising series.

The subject matter is both graphic and disturbing in nature, and not for the faint-hearted. Some passages are hard to read, but are critical to the story.

“The hole the
Wow. I don't even know how to begin reviewing this book.

This is a highly disturbing and graphic story, had I known where the plot would go prior to reading it, I'm certain I never would have picked it up. I'm torn at how to rate something that was well done, but EXTREMELY outside of my comfort zone.

The police procedural and mystery aspects were very strong and well researched; this is the beginning of what will be an exciting series, I have no doubt. I felt elements of Robert Galbraith's (aka
A solid series debut featuring Detective Lottie Parker, who is recently widowed with 3 teenagers at home. What starts out as one murder soon turns into several, with each victim being connected to the others. The deeper Detective Parker and her team dig, long time secrets start to surface. Dark and haunting secrets that have affected so many.

The main plot really had me hooked. You could tell this was going to be dealing with a horrible, dark subject matter early on, and it didn't lighten up. Sad
Adrian Dooley
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is Patricia Gibneys first novel and first outing for her Detective Lottie Parker, and boy do we have the makings of a great series on our hands.

We start off with in the past with three small children huddled at an upstairs window looking down on two men burying s child's body. As they huddle together one of them utters "I wonder which one of us will be next?"

Present day and a woman is murdered in a church and shortly afterwards a man is found hanging from a tree in his garden. Detective
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-crime
2.5 Stars

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?’

I am not a fan of crime novels or police procedurals and picking up The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney didn't really appeal to me, but a recommendation that this was entertaining and intriguing was my push to give this one a try. The story starts o
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Funny how some books can just grab you from the very beginning. Gibney’s book manages that, from the prologue of three children wondering which one will be next. I loved her description of the town of Ragmullin, a down on its luck town in Ireland. I just felt for Lottie from the get-go. She's dealing with a boss that keeps trying to take over the investigation, widowhood, three teenagers and an interfering mother. And Lottie and Boyd have a good working partnership, with just enough competitive ...more
Angela Marsons
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been looking forward to reading this book as soon as I read the cover description. Definitely my kind of book and I was definitely not disappointed. If this is Patricia Gibney's debut novel then it is clear to me she has spent many years writing and honing her craft. I loved reading about DI Lottie Parker. She is a single mother with three kids who make her life anything but simple. Add in the pressure to solve a difficult case concerning priests and abuse and you have a rollercoaster of a ...more
Sarah Joint
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a book to pick for my first buddy read ever, with my fantastic friend Melissa Martin! This one is insanely disturbing. It's a four star book for me, and I am stunned that it's a debut novel from the author. Prepare to be disgusted, dismayed, and extremely uncomfortable. It deals with a lot of really heavy subject matter. It took both of us awhile to really get into it, but once we adapted to the characters and started figuring things out, we enjoyed it.


This book introduces us to Detective
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Lottie's kids are beyond belief. And help. And grief. No, really. While mom's depressed out of her mind, they are going into deep psychological slumber on her. Of course, they also have suffered a heavy loss but that's what families are for: holding each other up at difficult times.

Lottie's life is so very noir! Her family just loves sculking around those skeletons sticking around their lovely cupboards. Not of their own doing, of course, but still - open discussion would probably have helped Lo
Sean Peters
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net Galley, the author and to one of my favourite publishers Bookouture...

The 1970's :-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?’

Now present day :-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 Par
Linda Strong
Detective Lottie Parker is investigating the death of a woman found murdered in a church. Shortly after, a man she worked with was found hanging from a tree. Possible suicide? murder?

Both bodies have a tattoo on their inner thighs ..and a lead takes her to St. Angela's. St Angela used to be be a children's home run by Catholic nuns and priests. It's also a lead to a missing boy from 40 years ago ... a personal connection to Lottie.

Lottie and her team piece together clues, one by one with all roa
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, series
Minor spoilers regarding plot are located in my review.

That's right, I'm taking out the coveted five star rating. This debut novel set in Ireland kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. Patricia Gibney's Lottie Parker is quite similar to many of the female protagonists we see in police procedurals today. Dedicated to the job, ruffles the feathers of the higher ups, a widowed mom trying to do right by her kids, but her personal life is a bit of a mess! I really loved her character! Her c
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

If I had to describe this debut thriller in just one word, I'd choose "engrossing." From the beginning, when three young children in a home for orphaned and abandoned children witness acts almost too horrific for them to understand, I thought I might have trouble putting it down. And as the often-gruesome story unfolded, I knew I was right.

This is the first in a series featuring small-town Ireland detective Lottie Parker, who gets the call to investigate when a murdered woman is found i
 Li'l Owl
The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney is the first in the Detective Lottie Parker series. It is a solid debut and a very promising beginning to a new series. The book was a bit long and drawn out at times but it flowed at a fairly nice pace. This is the only reason I'm giving it a 3.75★ rating overall. Having said that, the characters were likable, all with interesting and enjoyable personalities. Lottie is a strong female detective who, after losing her husband to cancer is trying to juggle her ...more
Louise Wilson
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts in the past with 3 small faces watching from a window as the hole had been dug, and the little body was in cased in a flour bag. The middle child spoke, I wonder which one of us will be next?

When a woman's body is found in a Cathedral and a few hours later a man is found hanging from a tree at his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate. Both bodies have the same tattoo. So how are they connected?

This is a gripping, fast paced, well written book. Before I had f
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney was a dark thriller that sent chills through me due to the subject matter, the characters were flawed but likable I loved DI Lottie Parker & her partner DS Mark Boyd the banter between the two was highly enjoyable. The only downside to this book was the length for me I thought it could have finished a bit earlier but that is just a little annoyance on my part.


Susan Sullivan was found murdered at St Angela's Chu
3.5 Stars for The Missing Ones

I enjoyed Patricia Gibney's debut thriller. Unfortunately, I had most of it figured out from early on (except for 1 final little twist with one character) and while I don't mind that because I'm generally pretty good at figuring things out, it kept me from making this a 4 star read.

What I enjoyed:
I really liked Lottie - she is real and flawed and so very emotional. All great qualities in a main character for me. I also really enjoyed Boyd and found myself roo
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. "I wonder which one of us will be next?" What a superb opening this story has! The atrocities that happened long ago at St. Angela's in a small Irish town come to light slowly as Detective Lottie Parker starts investigating a murder...or two or three.

I liked Lottie - with all of her flaws and insecurities on raising her children. Her and her partner, Boyd, seem to be a good match. This engrossing story pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you turning the pages with a good plot, s
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2017, crime
2 Stars

I think it was just me, because most of the reviews I saw, they had given it 4 or 5 stars. It didn’t work out for me as I expected. It was soooo boring without any excitement! Even when I read half of it I hadn’t any interest to continue or to know the ending!
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Oh my giddy aunt I think I have found a new crime author to add to my “must read” list. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney has the makings of an outstanding crime thriller series. I find it incredible that this is the authors debut novel, as it’s polished, well plotted and gripping.With a disturbing prologue and a “heart in your mouth” first chapter (which chilled me to the bone) I found myself absorbed in this dark and disconcerting ta
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My endless struggle to catch up on NetGalley arcs continues with this book I received in January of 2017.

Seriously I’m just the fucking worst. Please don’t leave me!

The Missing Ones wasn’t the worst. But it wasn’t great either…

First of all, it’s way too long considering the substance of the story which is pretty typical and occasionally flat, albeit mixed with moments that were kind of disturbing. Consider this your warning for baby murder
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2017; Bookouture

Lottie Parker is a Detective Inspector in Ireland. She is a widow with three teenage children. She is at odds with her domineering mother and her boss. She had sex with her co-worker and partner, Boyd and she doesn't seem to like her other two cops on her team. She has a new case just after Christmas where a woman is found strangled and there are no clues to who this woman really was. Next the murdered woman's co-worker turns up dead and they must be related. Ther
Karen Whittard
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, Bookoutre and Patricia Gibney for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

People who find things easily disturbing and people who are faint hearted really should stay away from this book. It covers some dark scenes in this book that are both dist
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This opens with one hell of a jaw dropping prologue; three children watch in horror as another child is buried and they wonder, which one of us will be next? Absolutely chilling and it sure pulled me in right away. The prologue is set in the seventies then we switch to present day and inside the life of Lottie Parker, a detective in a small town in Ireland. She’s widowed and the mother to three teenagers, and she’s struggling to find a balance
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My name is Patricia Gibney and I’m from Mullingar, County Westmeath. Right in the heart of Ireland. Surrounded by lakes, Mullingar is damp and wet most of the year but when the sun shines it is a little piece of heaven on earth. I’ve lived here all my life. I’m widowed, seven years in May, but was married to Aidan since 1982. I’ve three children who keep me sane, or maybe keep the madness at bay, ...more

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