Today it is my absolute pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for the latest Lottie Parker novel from Patricia Gibney, Tell Nobody. I am a big fan of this series so a big thank you goes to Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me to take part. I’ll be sharing my thoughts in just a moment, but first up, here is what the book is about.
About the Book
The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.
One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.
The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…
Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.
On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…
If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Tell Nobody will keep you guessing until the very last page.
You know that feeling when you find a series you love and, opening up that first page, you just slip back into the protagonists world without a moment’s hesitation? When you feel like you’re back with old friends. That’s how it is with the Lottie Parker series by Patricia Gibney. I am so used to life amongst the various characters of Ragmullin that I am always happy when I hear another book is just around the corner. It is no wonder she has had such success with the series as it is fabulous, and Tell Nobody is another cracking read.
Now the main story may be a little upsetting for some as it is centred around the murder of a young boy and a rather unsettling discovery in the local river, made by none other than Lottie’s own son, Sean. Now I don’t want to say too much about that element of the story other than to say the way in which it is woven into the main investigation is very carefully and skilfully done.
The prologue really sets us up with a true sense of foreboding, a sense of panic and setting the pace for what is to come. After that, the main body of the book actually opens in a rather jubilant way, watching a team of young footballers go on to win their match and the subsequent celebrations at a local branch of McDonalds. No – unbelievably, eating a McDonald’s isn’t actually the greatest or darkest crime in the book. As the chapter continues you get that ominous feeling in the pit of your stomach and, by the end, you know that something bad is going to happen, much, much worse than a dodgy post match diet.
I love the way in which the author has continued to develop the character of Lottie Parker. She has always been one hundred percent devoted to her family and this book sees her pushed to her limits once more, partly down to the fact that, following the events in the previous book, they have been forced to move in with her mother, something not necessarily conducive to a balanced family life. Not only that, but her son Sean is caught right in the middle of a potential murder investigation and her friendship with colleague Boyd has hit a difficult patch with Lottie torn between her feelings for him and her feelings for her dead husband. Lottie is a woman with problems, both at work and at home, plagued by demons and events which she can do nothing about and a little too addicted to chemical and alcohol based crutches. But she is still a character you warm to. She’s not neat, she’s not organised, but she if bloody well committed to her job and determined to find justice where she can.
The supporting characters in this book really make it the story that it is. Lottie’s team are so diverse and yet you kind of love them all. There is added anxiety amongst them this time around, Boyd because of his potentially unrequited feelings for Lottie; Maria Lynch because she has strange ideas about Lottie’s friendship with her husband, possibly driven by baby hormones. Larry Kirby is perhaps the only laid back one amongst them as, right now, everything is okay in his world. Collectively they make a great team but individually there are so many personality quirks, a psychologist would have a field day (and quite possibly need therapy themselves at the end of it). Love them all.
The secondary character, those who lurk on the periphery of the investigation and those who are full on suspects, are really well drawn and the author excels in moving suspicion from one to another as their actions become more or less suspicious. There are so many possibilities for who the perpetrator may be, and although we are treated to passages told from the killer’s point of view helping you to understand a little of their perverse logic, you still don’t get the full picture or any inclination of the who until the very end. There are some elements which perhaps lead you to a certain conclusion, and I was right, to a point, in my thinking. The ending was still a surprise though, so many secrets kept until the last.
And speaking of secrets, Lottie has a visitor in this book, one who could spell all kinds of trouble for her. I am excited to see where this who thread of the story leads. It is a major part of Lottie’s life and not going to go away easily I don’t think.
The pacing in this book felt quicker than previous books. Not quite sure why but I certainly found myself blasting through it in record time. Perhaps it is the subject matter, perhaps the urgent feeling of the chase while they try to identify suspects, or find the young girl who may be a key witness to it all. Maybe it’s just the fact that the stakes were so high and the tension flowed from the page. Certainly the final few chapters are action packed, full of high stakes drama and yet tinged with an overwhelming sadness. Whatever the case, Patricia Gibney sure knows how to keep her audience rapt.
If you are a fan of the series you are going to love this book. Full of tension, a compelling plot line, littered with poignant moments that will play with your emotions, and with characters you can’t help but love, this is a damned fine story. Top stuff.
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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. To date, (July 2018) Patricia has sold over ONE MILLION COPIES in the LOTTIE PARKER series.
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.
Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.
Book 3, The Lost Child, is on pre-order and is published on October 27th, 2017.
Book 4, NO SAFE PLACE was published in March 2018
Book 5, TELL NOBODY is published on 3rd October 2018
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