The Guilty Girl by Patricia Gibney / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @trisha460 

D.I. Lottie Parker #11

Something whistling through the door behind her caused her to turn. A shadow spread across the opening. She clasped a hand to her mouth, stilling the fear that was rising. The menacing shadow was followed by a face that sent a cold shiver down her spine…When the call comes in about Lucy, a seventeen-year-old girl murdered after the secret party she held in her parents’ home, Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. As she picks her way through the smashed glasses and the blood spatter on the perfect cream carpet, she is horrified to see Lucy’s angelic face, silvery-blue eyes forever closed.As Lottie breaks the news to Lucy’s heartbroken parents and the devastated partygoers, she discovers that hours before her death Lucy had revealed a terrible secret about her friend Hannah. And when Lottie finds Lucy’s bloodstained clothing hidden in Hannah’s bedroom, she has no option but to bring the shy, frightened girl into custody.But Hannah claims to have no memory of the night Lucy died and Lottie begins to question her guilt. Then a fifteen-year-old boy who also attended the party is pulled from the canal. And as Lottie investigates, she discovers something shocking. Her own son Sean was at the party. Why did he lie to her? Is her beloved child a witness or a suspect… or is he now in the killer’s sights?




I guess a lot of people will agree with me. When you are reading and are totally immersed in the story, the book always ends too soon. You would not mind if the author added a few more pages, a few more chapters. Well, this author really has a treat for her readers. A book that consists of nearly 500 pages of utter delight.

Of course I am talking about the storytelling. The subjects she uses are far from delightful. They are even very dark and it did not only affect Lottie and her team. I had my stomach doing summersaults too.

Alcohol and drugs seem to be the recipe for a good time for a lot of (young) people. But when something ugly happens and you cannot remember anything anymore, you can thank the stars it’s Detective Parker who is tasked with the investigation. She digs and digs until she gets to the bottom of it. A lot of people would end up in jail innocently with that load of evidence found and not being able to clarify them.

But life is more than work alone even though it seems to Lottie she only has time for work and not a lot for her private life. She knows she is needed there too. Her priority goes to the case though because she wants to solve it, put the culprits behind bars and prevent other people from being killed.

I hope now she can spend it bit of time with her loved ones before her next case, because she has some things to work out there too.

I loved this book. It is not as straightforward as you would think in the beginning and there are a lot of twists and turns. A lot of people are lying through their teeth, like there is no tomorrow, but Lottie will unmask them all. Very often people are not who they say they are or who they want others to believe they are. 5 stars

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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.  


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