Abigail lives the perfect life with her doting husband and adorable baby Izzy. But someone knows a secret about Abigail and they want the truth to be told.
When Izzy is snatched from a carpark, it becomes as case for Detective Robyn Carter. Someone has been sending threatening messages to Abigail from an anonymous number. What is Abigail hiding?
Roby’s instincts tell her there’s a connection between Izzy’s abduction and two murders she is investigating. But the last time she acted on impulse her fiancé was killed. To break this case and earn her place back on the force, she must learn to trust herself again – and fast. Robyn is on the hunt for a ruthless serial killer. And unless she gets to the twisted individual in time a little girl will die ….
As soon as I saw this book's beautiful cover and read its intriguing blurb I knew I HAD to read it. Now that I've finished it ... WOW! What a cracker!! Can't believe this is the author's debut thriller.
"Lies harm. Lies hurt. The truth liberates."
A wealthy, retired actor dies in a 'freak accident' while jogging, and his son Lucas vanishes into thin air at the same time. Where is Lucas? What happened to him? Did he run away? Or has something sinister happened to him?
DI Robyn Carter, the main character in this book, has suffered devastating loss, and is currently on a leave of absence from her job at Straffordshire police force. She's helping her cousin Ross in his private investigation business. Her latest job is to track down the missing Lucas Matthews. Delving into the Matthews family's past, Robyn begins to uncover disturbing secrets, lies and horrible deeds, and when people close to the family start to drop like flies, she realises that a serial killer is at large. She takes the case to the police force to tackle it in her role as DI. How many people will have to die before Robyn catches the killer? How long will it take her to find the key to it all and expose the killer's identity?
"Mummy told me I was a horrible little girl."
In a separate storyline, Abigail is the mother of baby Izzy. Her perfect married life begins to crumble when she begins to receive mysterious messages and phone calls threatening to expose her past and destroy her life and family. Someone is watching her every move and seriously messing with her head. Who is this person? Is it someone she knows? What do they know about her? Why are they hell bent on destroying her?
Well I really enjoyed reading this fab book. From the first unsettling chapter, it grabbed my interest and kept me glued to my kindle. As the characters were introduced and the past began to catch up with everyone, the plot thickened and the tension rose. The chapters from the pov of Alice were the most powerful. And I kept wondering how Abigail fits in the whole scenario.
Abuse, secrets and lies are all at the heart of this book. Little Girl Lost is extremely well written with very realistic characters - Robyn is a particularly interesting character. With a shattered mind and spirit and riddled by guilt, she's a brilliant police officer who's constantly fighting with her pain and the accusing voices in her head. I definitely want to meet her again in future books.
With suspense and twists and turns throughout, the well-thought out plot is very absorbing, rich and tangled and it kept me engrossed and turning the pages fast. The ending is simply breathtaking - an ending that made me bite my knuckles.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through NetGalley. Highly recommended!
Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the "dark side" and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping Little Girl Lost which will be out January 19th 2017.
Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.
Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.