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Little Boy Lost

(DCI Anna Tate #3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Innocence is no protection against evil…

One early October afternoon, ten-year-old Jacob Rossi begins the short walk home from school. But he never makes it.

Days later, DCI Anna Tate is called to the scene of a burning building, where an awful discovery has been made. A body has been found, and the label in his school blazer reads: J. Rossi.

As Anna starts digging, she
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Published January 23rd 2020 by Avon
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Mandy White
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Boy Lost is the 3rd book featuring DCI Anna Tate, and the 3rd book that I have given 5 stars to. I love this series and jumped at the chance to read an early review copy. These books completely hook you in early on and I am yet to see an ending coming. Anna is an inspiring woman, a strong leader who never gives up. She cares about her victims and wants justice for them, no matter what. This book is action from the very start and it makes you want to keep reading to see what will happen ...more
Louise Wilson
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DCI Anna Tate #3

Rioters have taken over the streets if London. The emergency services are at breaking point. Anna is on compassionate leave when she receives a phone call from her boss asking her to return to work to head the investigation into a disappearance and subsequent death of a child whose body was found in an abandoned pub.

There is a dual storyline running in this book and its narrated by Anna and her daughter Chloe. The characters are both flawed and realistic. As usual, the pace is
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Boy Lost is the third police procedural in the DCI Anna Tate series set in Wandsworth, London. It certainly isn’t necessary to have read the preceding books before dipping into this one as the main plot is self-contained. When ten-year-old Jacob Rossi vanishes whilst taking the short walk from school to his home, Anna and her team are called in to investigate. Having just returned from compassionate leave that allowed her time to spend with her daughter Chloe after their recent reunion, ...more
Xavier Hugonet
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Little Boy Lost is the third novel in the DCI Anna Tate series.

Following the events of the second book, DCI Anna Tate has been reunited with her long lost daughter Chloe, and is on compassionate leave. However, London finds itself in the middle of widespread riots, short on manpower, and it’s not long before DCI Tate is recalled early to investigate a particularly sordid case.

In the attic of an abandoned pub set aflame during the riots, firefighters have found the body of an eleven years old
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy of Little Boy Lost, the third novel to feature DCI Anna Tate of the Wandsworth MIT.

Anna has been spending time with her recently found daughter, Chloe, when she gets called back to work. London is rioting so she is needed for a special investigation, the murder of ten year old Jacob Rossi. As she investigates she realises that there are several people with a grudge against Jacob’s father, television presenter Mark Rossi.

Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the author J. P. Carter from his first DI Anna Tate book.

London was burning in riots and protests when the police accidentally fired a pregnant wife of a drug dealer. Fires were started by these rioters, and body of a child found in one such burning building got my pulse racing. Anna Tate who was on leave was called back to investigate. Her 12-year-old daughter Chloe too was caught in the riots after an attack outside her home, and she was forced to run for her life.

Andrea Pole
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Little Boy Lost by J.P. Carter is the third outing for DCI Anna Tate and, in my opinion, this is a series that just keeps gaining strength and momentum. While each book thus far has been compulsively readable, the third time out is truly a charm.

DCI Anna Tate has been reunited with her long lost twelve year old daughter, Chloe. The two are still tentatively getting to know each other when Chloe becomes lost on the streets of London during an horrific night of rioting. Believing her daughter to
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could have read this book in one sitting… I would have done. It was soooo good and gripping that I felt I just had to keep going. However, that thing called “life” got in the way and I had to keep coming back to this novel. No worries, I still enjoyed it and found myself completing it in record time.

This is my first read from Carter and I had no knowledge of Anna Tate, the series this book focuses on. Despite being the third book, Carter helpfully provides enough background information that
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was told that this book is the best of the series so far and I couldn't see how as I was wowed by the previous two.
But, oh my goodness. From start to finish it was a whirlwind of action, so many moments full of anguish for the characters. The characters were going from one catastrophe to another more or less simultaneously!

What I did think was impressive is the way that all those tiny lose ends were sewn up so well and so beautifully that it was perfect.

Angie F
This book, the latest in the addictive Anna Tate series, is a compelling read with a twist at the end that will leave you picking your jaw up off the floor. Another potential bestseller for JP Carter.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little boy lost by J.P.Carter is the third in the DCI Anna Tate series and WOW what a thriller it is.
Anna Tate is on Compassionate leave to spend time with her daughter after finding her after 12 years. All around her, there are riots across London after a woman was shot dead accidently. As there is limited staff as everyone is attending the riots Anna’s leave is cut short to lead a special investigation. The murder of ten-year-old Jacob Rossi found in burnt out abandoned pub. What is special
Alison Eden
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#LittleBoyLost #NetGalley Oh my word!! What a gripping and emotional story - I could not put it down. This is the 3rd in the DCI Anna Tate series and whilst it does add some depth to Anna's character and her relationship with Chloe, it is perfectly acceptable to read as a standalone. There were two separate storylines - Anna's investigation and the horrific rioting and attacks on innocent people that Chloe and Anna's partner Tom get caught up in. This was so fast paced and with so much action I ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book three in the DCI Anna Tate series and by far the best one yet!!
We start with the discovery of a young boys body found in the cellar of a derelict pub, London is beset by riots and all hell is breaking loose someone set fire to the pub but did they realise the boy was there and why would someone want him dead. This is the start of a fabulous police procedural led by Anna and her team under ever growing pressure as the riots escalate making their job even more difficult.
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Having really enjoyed other books in the DCI Anna Tate series, I had high hopes for number three – and was certainly not disappointed!

Little Boy Lost combines a gripping storyline – a little boy chained to the wall of a pub’s basement dies in a seemingly unconnected fire – with the same brilliant characters. I really enjoy reading about Anna Tate – she’s a likable and interesting character and her relationship with Chloe develops further in this series.

The fact
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good and solid police procedurral thriller with a brilliant twist at the end!

A series of pre-dawn raids across London leads to the accidental killing of a gang leaders pregnant wife and this sets off a backlash that leads to roits all over London. Soon its turn ugly with shops set alight and police being attacked. A derelict pub is set alight and in the basement the body of a missing boy is found chained to the wall. DCI Anna Tate is called back from compassionate leave to look into the
Susan Hunter
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, just brilliant. This was a great read from start to finish. Heartbreaking and terrifying.. DI Anna Tate is tasked with the investigation into the death of a young boy who had been abducted.. The ongoing riots in London throughout the investigation is terrifying but which also hampers the investigation. Anna's daughter gets caught up in these riots and her ordeal is beyond frightening and certainly raised the tension to high alert! Just when you think it is all wrapped up further ...more
Danielle Dent
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say this is my least favourite of the series so far as I really enjoyed the first two but I found this one a little repetitive. I get that this is probably a plot tool for the author to recap what has happened throughout the book but some of it felt unnecessary. The prose sometimes felt clunky and stilted which I didn’t feel in the previous two books. This was a shame as the premise was very good and I was really looking forward to it. I also had a feeling about the perp from the ...more
Maggie Bermann
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Little Boy Lost is the third novel in the DCI Anna Tate series, and what a great series this is!

This 3rd book in series didnt disappoint and loved the twist at the end.

The disappearance and the body of a child found during police riots, DCI Anna Tate follows the clues to the surprise ending
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another BRILLIANT story of a crime that is made worse by rioting in london and DCI Anna Tate is called back to duty after having spent time at home with her daughter Chloe.I have loved reading this book and am happy that i got the baddie spot on.I highly recommend this book and look forward to his next.5*
Z Aung
Dec 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost DNF'd this book. The basic premise is solid. You have a detective struggling with personal issues, trying to find out what happened to a murdered child, set amidst a riot-torn city. It could have been very good.

Where did it all fall apart? Well it started with the adjective and adverb loaded prose. Show not tell is a writing advice that should be taken with a grain of salt, as both show and tell should be balanced to build up tension and emotions. Here, there was far too much tell. Too
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
I’ve read this authors previous books In Safe Hands and At Your Door. I really like DCI Anna Tate so couldn’t wait to read more of her. This was a great read.

DCI Anna Tate is a great character. She’s very likeable and works real hard. We get two storylines running side by side. Anna is called to cut her compassionate leave short when a young boys body is found during the riots. At the same time her daughter finds herself caught up in the riots with no way to reach her mum.

Really enjoyed this
Pamela Scott

I’d never heard of the author before but I love crime fiction and the blurb intrigued me. I had a great time reading this so I’ve clearly missed out. I have another must read to author to add to my rather large list. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is that the author uses a sort of story-within-a-story structure that I haven’t come across in crime fiction before. I thought this worked really well. The main story focuses on investigating Jacob
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Little Boy Lost by J. P. Carter is a very highly recommended police procedural/thriller and the third in the DCI Anna Tate series.

All hell is breaking loose in London. After an accidental police shooting during an arrest, riots break out across London - arson, looting, violence, and chaos is rampant. Anna Tate is supposed to be on two months leave after recently being reunited with her abducted daughter, Chloe, but she is called back into to work a case. In the basement of an abandoned pub that
Little Boy Lost is a great new release in the DCI Anna Tate crime series; I heard wonderful things about the first, In Safe Hands, and the second, At Your Door, and was hoping that the third would live up to that reputation. It certainly did! I love that this novel has so many elements of a great crime series for me – a strong female lead, an abundance of sound police procedures, some twists without being unbelievable, and an easy to read, yet interesting plot. Little Boy Lost ticked all these ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is apparently the 3rd book in the DCI Anna Tate series, but only the first one I have read; it reads fine as a standalone. I thought it was a good story, but can't put my finger on why I didn't love it- it took me much longer to finish than usual because I just wasn't hooked. There are a couple interspersed story lines here, the primary one being the disappearance and subsequent death of a young boy who is the son of a celebrity. There is also the personal story line between Anna and her ...more
Dash fan
4 A Gritty, Compulsive, Suspenseful Crime Thriller

Little Boy Lost is the third book in a series, but my first book. If can be read as a standalone without any problem.

DCI Anna Tate has been called into work early from her leave of absence.
A young boy has been found abandoned and burned in the basement of a derelict pub, set on fire by the rioters.

They quickly discover that the young boy is actually called Jacob and he went missing on his way home from school.
But that's not all, he's actually
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A kidnapping in the midst of street rioting, vandalizing and setting shops on fire makes for exciting reading in J.P. Carter's latest.

DCI Anna Tate is on compassionate leave following finding her daughter after a ten year search. Anna still has a month to go on her leave but gets called in to the station when a kidnapped boy, Jacob Rossi is found dead. There are riots and looting and fires everywhere around London. A pregnant woman was accidently shot and killed when her husband tried to grab
Tracy Wood
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book to read through your fingers with every light in the house burning brightly and the alarm set!

Rioters are taking over the streets of London; the police and fire department are at breaking point and the news reports are full of nightmarishly frightening scenes.

DCI Anna Tate is on compassionate leave when she receives a call from her boss asking her to cut short her sabbatical and return immediately to head up a complex and traumatic investigation into the kidnap and subsequent
Paula Stammers
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Little Boy Lost is the third book in the DCI Anna Tate series, although it could be read as a standalone, be warned though if you haven’t read the previous books you are missing out.

This book centres around a missing boy, Jacob Rossi, who’s body is later found in the basement of a derelict chained to the wall. The cause of the death is the result of a fire started by rioters, who are running wild in London. DCI Anna Tate is asked to return to work and take on the case. As well as trying to
Belinda Lewsley
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read anything from this author before, but after this introduction I’m going to make a note to find more titles by her in the future. I feel that my enjoyment of this book would have been a lot higher if I’d read more from the series, because I feel there would be a bigger dimension to my understanding of the characters. Having said that, I did enjoy this and firmly believe this works well as a standalone book.

I found the characters realistic as they’re flawed in their own ways. It was
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J. P. Carter is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written sixteen books under the names Jaime and James Raven.

Before becoming a full-time writer he spent a career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and television producer. He was, for a number of years, director of a major UK news division and co-owned a TV production company. He now splits his time between homes in Hampshire

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