Next up is another blog blitz for the lovely Bookouture gang, this time for Patricia Gibney and ‘No Safe Place’. Thanks Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:
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?
What does TWG think?
Am I the only one who wonders why people, namely her colleagues, have it in for Lottie? Yes she is incredibly blunt, and yes she is very black and white, but she still gets the job done! I am a massive fan of Lottie Parker, can you tell?
A body has been found in a grave. Not really a shock though is it, considering that is what graves are there for! The only slight difference is, the body wasn’t in a coffin and, due to a woman going missing a few days prior, Lottie Parker’s sense are on high alert. Could the body be that of the missing woman’s? Parker’s day goes from worse to horrific when she finds herself working with a new boss. A boss she cannot stand, the joys!
Parker’s new boss actually started rubbing me up the wrong way too, goodness knows how annoyed Lottie was! The more he kept annoying her, the less time she had to spend on her cases, the one he was on her case about to begin with. I mean, really?
‘No Safe Place’ is probably the most gripping one of Patricia Gibney’s books I have read. Instead of just focusing on one or two murders and the odd crime, this storyline covers so much more which meant that whenever I began a new chapter, there seemed to be yet another situation for Parker to try to solve. There’s fast paced and then there’s rocket paced – ‘No Safe Place’ is definitely rocket paced that’s for sure! I was gripped by every situation that cropped up, causing me to constantly put my hand to my mouth in shock.
Due to how busy the storyline was, there were a lot of characters to try to keep track of but, weirdly enough, I wasn’t at all confused and loved how diverse each of them was. There seemed to be various fingers pointing at multiple characters, making it a lot harder to try and filter the culprit out of the line up. My gut instinct chose one character, yet my head chose another one. It felt like every single person in this book was guilty of something!
‘No Safe Place’ blew my mind and left me out to dry. What a fantastic, jaw dropping read this is! I loved how complex the storyline was, and I especially loved how rocket paced this book was. Every character and every scenario just seemed to work very well together, making ‘No Safe Place’ an absolute belter of a book. If I could give this book a truck load of stars, it still wouldn’t be enough – that’s how incredible I thought this book was. Phenomenal read, I can’t recommend it enough!
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.