Thank you for joining me on the blog blitz for The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer. I'm delighted to be one of the stops and sharing my review.
First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
One girl found dead. Another girl gone...
Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever...
When a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.
No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial-killer.
As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.
Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?
An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!
To start off with all I can say is wow what an opening it left me feeling claustrophobic along with finding myself sat bolt upright on the edge of the sofa. It was a brilliant way of grabbing my attention and I may have had to put on a few lights in my house.
So one of my favourite characters in any series has to be Robyn Carter and this is down to Carol Wyer's writing she has created a character with flaws but also a wonderfully likeable character. Robyn is tenacious, strong and will go that extra mile to solve her cases because of this she isn't perfect and on occasion makes mistakes. However I love that this gives a more realistic portrayal of Robyn's character and it makes the story even more engaging for me. Just like the other books in the series the reader is thrust into the investigation where we get to see the case progress. I always enjoy trying to put the clues together to try and figure it out. This is definitely half the fun for me and I love the dynamic of the whole team who all bring something different to the story. Now that we are on book three it really feels as if I know them by now along with all their quirks. Although there is still the odd surprise with the characters that kept me on my toes and leaving me even more intrigued to continue reading the series to find out more about them. As with all series it's recommended to start at the beginning but I will say that The Missing Girls can be read as a standalone. Mainly because just the right amount of important background information is given to get a feel for the characters. Then again you really are missing out on getting to know some brilliant characters and some truly creepy cases.
There are some shocking and as I said before on the edge of your seat situations that had me wishing I could read this book in one go. The killer is creepy, dark and devious which is definitely a great combination to have in a story. This book packs a powerful punch and it was only when I put the book down and got on with everyday things that I realised how much I wanted to pick The Missing Girls back up and find out how it would all end. I really have tried to be very vague about the plot as it is so worth reading it yourself to find out every little twisty moment that is contained in this book. There is only one thing left to say - I really, really need the next book asap!
Brilliant and compelling!
With thanks to Bookouture for my copy and to Kim for the invite to join the tour. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.
Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.
Little Girl Lost, the first book in the Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series came out in January 2017.
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