A killer close to home. A town full of secrets…
One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his broken body is discovered on a bed of wild flowers by some local teenagers.
The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. A close friend of her son Sean, Mikey was from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother that Mikey was behaving normally before he died but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her …
Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to a beautiful lake.
On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is keeping secrets but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…
It’s the first book of the series I read. Sometimes this is tricky, because you have missed out on a lot of the main characters’ lives. A rather large amount of people were thrown into my lap, but I never had the feeling that it was confusing. The author always gave enough information about the past but never gave away too much. It enabled the reader to pick up right away. The one thing she achieved is me wanting to read the whole series, but that can only be classified as a good thing. LOL.
She also introduces a number of new individuals and I never had to go back because I did not know who was who anymore. This is a fabulous skill.
I was trying so hard to figure out who was the perpetrator that it almost fried my brain and only at the very last moment, I had it nailed. It leaves you speechless once again how one person’s actions can put a whole drama into action. I know this is fiction, but it happens to often in real live as well.
This book is so fast paced and fluently written that I wanted to turn off my phone and doorbell to make sure I could read in peace without anybody disturbing me. It’s a brilliant and emotional story. 5 stars.
Thank you, Patricia Gibney, Bookouture and 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.