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The Lost Child

Written by: Patricia Gibney
Narrated by: Michele Moran
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"Let me out! Please...." My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes....

Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farmhouse in the bleak Irish countryside. Inside, she finds a scene that speaks of uncontrollable rage: glasses smashed, chairs ripped apart, the woman’s body broken. 

A black rain jacket makes Lottie think she knows the killer’s identity, but then she finds a disturbing clue: is the murder linked to an old case at St Declan’s asylum - a case investigated by her own father, just before he took his life? 

When another victim is left without her tongue on the hospital steps, and a young girl goes missing, Lottie knows she has to act fast. Can she face her own demons and uncover the truth before another life is taken? 

An absolutely gripping book from the best-selling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls. If you love Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, or Robert Dugoni, you’ll be completely hooked. 

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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Just loved this

This is the second time I have listened to this audiobook and I was just as enthralled now as the first time. The storyline was extremely interesting and convoluted and the surprise ending was a kicker. I would also thank the narrator for making the story come alive…she is amazing. This author and narrator are a deadly combination…a force to be reckoned with for sure.

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ok

So here's the thing. The protagonist is an addict. It is very hard to be compassionate towards her, even though, yes, it is an illness, because of how her addictions impact her children (and her job) Her kids are a mess and it is infuriating. She's useless at both parenting and police work.
That whole thing takes up a good chunk of the story, and it's in no way enjoyable.
The other thing is, I'm not sure of were supposed to like her or root for her or not. I feel like the author wants us to like her/find her sympathetic? I think it might have been less aggravating if we were actually meant to kind of hate her, or at least understand that she's, currently, irredeemable. I can't really explain it, just that the fact that we're supposed to like her makes it that much worse. I just get so angry, which is a testament to the writing, I guess. She's very realistically written, not a BAD person, but a selfish, ineffectual woman-child, a perpetual victim who won't accept responsibility for her actions. She means well and wants to help, but she can't until she gets some help, herself.
And then sadsack Boyd who absolutely deserves her. And her comically awful kids, who come by it honestly, and her trope of a mother. Yeah, the characters are all maddening, and, unfortunately, it's a character driven story.

The mystery was ok, but pretty forgettable. It felt like filler, only there to pad out the introduction of the next disaster to hit the Parker family, an adoption scandal, and psychotic long-lost relatives.

Why do I keep coming back for more?

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Too many characters.

I found it very hard to keep track of the characters in this story.
Throw in first and last names, and I was lost.

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  • MCubed
  • 2018-02-28

How can a detective be so dumb?

Narrator - great, Story - average, but character development is pretty weak...really dumb at times! I found myself saying, really, you NEVER learn? Even Boyd, who's kind & compassionate, very aware... seriously, he leaves her standing outside her driveway at midnight, after saying "be careful" and drives off without waiting to see if she gets inside? which of course leaves her available to be whacked over the head and kidnapped.
You're worried about your best friend, who then calls you....and you can't be bothered to return her call for days?
And I'm curious, just how many life crises the author thinks one character can suffer before she completely splinters and becomes mental? Or is that what were leading up to, the perfect psycho?
Dad was killed, husband died, herself a druggy, one kid hurts herself, one became a teen mom, one was kidnapped and all three in therapy, and mom ain't a stellar support system. Geesh, give your character a break for a change.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 2018-01-22

Please make it a movie

I would love to see this turned into film. I've enjoyed the other two books in the series but this one had me on the edge of my seat. It's complicated and surprising. Most of all it's left me urgently craving the next installment in Lottie Parker's life. Can be read as a stand alone. Highly recommend to those who love crime fiction.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-21

A great engaging tale!

Believable characters with enough interesting twists to keep me guessing from beginning to end ... very enjoyable :)

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  • Beth Potthoff
  • 2018-02-27

Bad in so many ways

Ridiculous story. I found myself disliking the main character and thinking her completely lacking in detecting ability.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-16

Horrible!

Long and extremely drawn out. The entire book is based on some old detective that isn’t hardly a detective. Took me several weeks to tune back in as unfinished books are my backup, but good grief. Horrible. Tune into an infomercial channel before spending actual money on this ridiculous book.

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  • Carolhxx
  • 2018-04-23

Incomplete Story

This story was not as bad as the last. At least Lottie Parker seemed a bit more intelligent and had better detecting skills. The most annoying thing about this book, however, is that it left a number of storylines unfinished. I waited to listen to the next book in the series and nothing was even mentioned about those unfinished threads. Also, Ms Parker really does need to get a better grip on her life. Her character is a bit tiresome.

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  • Lynne B. Wiley
  • 2017-12-02

IT'S A SMART CHILD THAT KNOWS HIS OWN FATHER

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Child the most enjoyable?

The characters are very deceiving. Just when you think you've got it, another twist comes along.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes. Just when you think you've got it, another twist comes along.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last chapter, when it all falls into place.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving it away, Lottie's eventual confrontation with her mother, Rose.

Any additional comments?

Gibney is a great writer and the narrator is very talented.

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  • Cindy Davidow
  • 2022-12-30

Addicting

This author and narrator are so am amazing together, I will end up downloading all books

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  • Harvest Johannsen
  • 2022-09-14

can't put down..!

Loved it..! I did have to really Pay attention to who did was who and who was doing what... haha

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  • BrnEyez
  • 2022-04-01

Had to push through

I liked the story. Unfortunately, I had to restart this book 3 X before i could get the story. Definitely worth a read though.

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