D.I. Lottie Parker #7
‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’
One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.
The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.
The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…
It might seem strange to you, but I prefer the books I read to have about 300-350 pages. Don’t ask me why, because I cannot give you an answer.
But there are certain storytellers that are so skilled, that I don’t care about the number of pages. Even if there were 1000 I would read them anyway.
This author is one of those magicians. She juggles words like there is no tomorrow and they all fall into place to create a work of art.
There are a lot of characters in this book, but I did not mind that. It made the story more complex to give my brain an extra workout.
Of course we could count on DI Parker and her team to work everything out and put the baddies behind bars thus achieving good results. Her private life seems a lot more in turmoil.
Then there is only left to say that I loved it and the countdown to the next part is on.
Thank you, Patricia Gibney and Bookouture (via Netgalley)
About the author
Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.