Today I am delighted to be joining the blog blitz for the fourth Detective Lottie Parker thriller from Patricia Gibney, No Safe Place. I’ve loved getting to know Lottie over the past couple of years and it’s always great being back in her company so having the chance of an early read courtesy of publisher Bookouture is always nice. Thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me to join the blitz. I’ll let you know my thoughts on this latest book in just a moment after we’ve seen what it’s all about.
About the Book
There’s nothing more dangerous than a familiar face…
As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate.
Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.
As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from ten years earlier. Could history be repeating itself?
As journalists begin to interfere with Lottie’s investigation, she fears the killer is about to strike again. Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Lottie be his next target?
If you love Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest pulse-pounding thriller from Patricia Gibney. No Safe Place will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Ahhhh. Lottie Parker. Quite possibly one of the very definitions of dysfunctional. She has a terribly complicated family life, a mother who drives her insane, children who have all been through the mill in one way or another and deals with the grief for the loss of her husband by a daily dose of Xanax and alcohol. When it comes to the personal she is as disorganised as they come and yet she is a keen Detective and very capable, often pulling a result from the very ashes of the fires she has invariably set burning. This time, it would appear that has been taken quite literally. There is just something about her that I love and I love the way in which author Patricia Gibney has continued to develop her character and back story throughout each book, finding new and inventive ways to turn that screw just one more millimeter each time.
With No Safe Place this is especially true. Still trying to fully recover from events in the previous book, The Lost Child, Lottie has her mother to contend with, a daughter who is intent on visiting her child’s grandfather in New York and her are they or aren’t they relationship with Boyd as well as they worrying news that an old work colleague and rival, David McMahon is taking over from Superintendent Corrigan and looks set to make Lottie’s life hell. Another typical day in the office then.
The central story focuses around a young girl who has been reported missing by her mother. Although the mandatory time hs not yet past, there is something about the case which has Lottie on edge and she begins to look into it anyway. When Corrigan informs her that the case bears a startling resemblance to an old case he worked ten years before which was never solved, and when another young woman, one of the Traveller community reports hearing screaming in a nearby cemetary, Lottie is more convinced than ever that something is a foot. When another girl subsequently goes missing and the case turns very personal for one of the team, Lottie has a battle on her hands trying to find out what links them all before it is too late.
With this book, the author has done a great job of reflecting upon the prejudices which exist within society, in particular those which are linked to the Traveller community. They are naturally suspicious of the Police and the Police are almost programmed to imagine the worst of them. It is a delicate balance and one that Lottie finds hard to manage, even though she is beautifully open minded about the people she is dealing with. It also touches upon subjects such as domestic violence and rape, albeit in a very minor way and barely on the page, more referenced than present in the moment as it were. None of it is gratuitous and all lends itself to the plot.
With the story told in third person, it allows us moments where we follow not only Lottie and the investigation, but also the perpetrator and in those moments we get a chilling glimpse of how calculating they are but not necessarily what has driven them to do what they do. And although we deduce the bad guy is just that, a guy, there are no end of suspects that it could be and you will be kept guessing and second guessing yourself from the start to the finish.
Now there are some very sad moments in the story but again not dealt with in a glorified or nasty way, but it does still make you reflect at times. But there are also moments where Patricia Gibney has created such tension that you will be poised on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen and how Lottie will come good, if indeed she does …
This is a brilliantly written tale of jealousy, prejudice, misunderstanding and even perhaps rage and a brilliant addition to the series. Oh and the ending. Made me smile. I can only imagine what that is going to lead to for our poor heroine. As if life wasn’t complicated enough already!
No Safe Place is available now from the following retailers:
About the Author
Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre.
A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.
Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!
In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels.
The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia and has sold over 600,000 copies and has now also been published by Hachette Ireland in paperback.
Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.
Book 3, The Lost Child, was published on October 27th, 2017.
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