Author – Patricia Gibney.
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 loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.
Social Media Links –
Website – http://patriciagibney.com/
Twitter – @trisha460
Publisher – Bookouture
Pages – 446
The Blurb –
‘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…
If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!
My thoughts – This is the first book in the DI Lottie Parker series that I have read. It was easy to get into and can easily be read as a standalone.
The book starts as a woman is hanging in a bathroom, dressed in a wedding dress, it is initially believed to be a suicide but Lottie has other ideas. When another woman turns up, also in a wedding dress, Lottie knows that something more sinister is going on.
Once cause of death is established, the team have a bigger worry when a relative of one of the woman appears to be missing.
This is a brilliant read and I enjoyed getting to know Lottie and her team. Lottie certainly has a lot on her plate as she tries to balance her home life and her job.
I look forward to reading the others in the series.
Purchase Links – Broken Souls