Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney
‘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!
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
What appears to be two separate suicides at first glance for the police, soon become an intense murder hunt for a suspected psychopath who has pretty big issues with brides to be. But there is more as one of the cases and sloppy investigating has lost precious hours that could be the difference between life and death for another victim. It really is all hands on deck as the team have to take one on the chin about the mess up.
D. I. Lottie Parker is a brilliant detective but has constant guilt trips about being away from her family working long hours, especially as she is raising her three children herself but when she is at home her mind is constantly on work. Her career had put her family in jeopardy not too long ago, so now she is pulled between wanting to protect them 24/7 and trying to make the outcome of one of the cases she is working on a happy ending.
This is such a fast-paced read with the investigation spiralling in different directions, joining dots where it hadn’t made sense at first glance. There are such a lot of unlikeable characters in the story, so it is easy to see the worst in them. This really is an edge of your seat read both for the case and for Lottie. So much I didn’t see coming. Brilliant round up, still holding my breath.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
D.I. Lottie Parker
HERE IS A LITTLE 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.