It is my absolute pleasure to be taking part in the blog blitz for The Missing Girls, the latest Robyn Carter thriller from Carol Wyer. I ate up the first two books in the series and hanging on waiting for a new instalment is fluffing torture. This was no different but soooo worth the wait. Big thanks to Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of the blog blitz. I’ll share my thoughts on the book with you all in a short while, just as soon as we’ve taken a look at what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
One girl found dead. Another girl gone…
Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…
When a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carterto read the signs left by the killer.
No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial-killer.
As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.
Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?
Ho-lee-cow. Awww. You know when you start reading a book, when there is just something in the very first page that captures your attention and draws you right in. Something that compels you onward and makes you keep reading just that one … more … page … That thing that makes you resent having to work, sleep, feed your family or your pets, interact with other humanoids … That. Yep. This book – that reaction. Marvellous.
Oh gosh this book is good, but it’s also a little hard to talk about because there is so much I want to say but I don’t want to drop any spoilers. What I can say is that this opens up on most of Robyn’s team being seconded to a drugs raid led by DI Shearer who Robyn has a rather, how shall we put it, strained relationship with. Only what they find in one of the potential storage units is not what they were expecting. Hidden away in an old suitcase is the body of a young woman, horribly disfigured and difficult to identify presenting Robyn with a problem – finding out who she is and who would want her dead. The investigation takes a sinister turn after the team discover that another teenager is missing, but is it the same perpetrator or just an unfortunate coincidence?
What it is, is bloody exciting stuff. That opening chapter; the tension, the way in which Carol Wyer sets out quite clearly what is at stake, taking just one short chapter to set up an overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia and dread. If it wasn’t so creepy I’d say it was simply magical. I had no idea who the girl was and yet I was invested. I had no idea who the mystery man was but I was intrigued. I had no idea what had happened to bring us so abruptly to this amazingly tension filled moment in time… but I was sure as hell going to find out.
Every chapter counted and there wasn’t one moment when I wasn’t poised, metaphorically gripping the edge of my seat, wanting to know what happens next. Even sensing some of the almost inevitable moments in the novel didn’t detract from the engagement. There was no smugness in knowing that you were right in what you surmised would happen. That was almost a given. What you couldn’t necessarily see was the who or the why, and there are genuinely moments in this book that will both shock and surprise you. The actions of the killer may be grim, but this book has, at it’s heart, a really tragic story, one from which there can be few, if any, happy endings.
I love the character of Robyn Carter and Carol Wyer continues to allow her to grow and engage, making me even more invested in her as a character with every new book. She is still hurting from the loss of her fiancé, and trying hard to focus on the positive side of the time they had together, getting to know his no longer quite so young daughter, Amelie. She is tough and driven, with a great level of intuition, but she is also a great team player, as seen by her reluctant truce and almost fledgling friendship that evolves with Shearer throughout the course of the novel. What I like most is that while the tragedy that befell her informs her character, it doesn’t dominate or define it completely. She is totally likeable and relatable and you are rooting for her at every turn.
The team are all back and if anything, getting stronger. I love the way in which they play and bounce off one another. Their characters are all developing beautifully and even the good natured banter between them feels natural and genuine. The same can be said of Robyn and her cousin Ross. Even with Shearer amazingly enough. I guess no-one saw that coming.
And speaking of not seeing things coming … That ending. Oh my golly. What the heck does that mean for Robyn I wonder. I guess, with hindsight, I should perhaps have anticipated it, but I will happily admit to being totally blindsided. I am totally intrigued now and desperate to see where Carol Wyer takes it from here. When is the next book out again?
A thoroughly engrossing, heart stopping and vengeful read that kept me captivated from the very first page. I loved it.
My thanks to publishers Bookouture for the advance copy for review. It is available to purchase now from the following retailers:
About the Author
As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.
Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.
Little Girl Lost, the first book in the Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series came out in January 2017.
Do make sure to check out some of the other blogs taking part in the blitz.