#ARC #Review: The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer

I love a good police procedural, but The Missing Girls absolutely blew me away! As someone who has never read any of the DI Robyn Carter Series prior I had no idea what I was walking into, but man was this amazing! It can be read as a stand alone book, or as part of the series, and I have no doubts that lovers of psychological thrillers and good detective stories will be fighting over this baby when it hits the shelves in a few weeks time.


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Title: The Missing Girls

Author: Carol Wyer

Publisher: Bookouture

Expected Publication Date: September 14, 2017

Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Murder Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Themes: Serial Killers, Cyber Bullying

Features: N/A


My Rating: 5/ 5


Synopsis

From Goodreads…

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!


My Review

Ahh! So good! So so so good! I can’t even. I love a good thriller, have a slight obsession with serial killers, and can’t get enough of police procedurals. Woooo baby! Did this one ever set the bar high. I’m not ashamed to rank it as one of my top reads this summer.

I really enjoyed how the POV jumped around at the beginning of the book, but narrowed down to Robyn’s at the end. It really mimicked the chaos of the investigation and caused me to hone in and become more critical of the evidence present as the case got closer to its resolution. I won’t say that I enjoyed the segments written from the victims point of view, but they were incredibly powerful and at times difficult to read. Withholding the word carved on the girls foreheads had a massive impact, and I most definitely choked up with the big reveal.

The premise of the story is so spot on and timely it hurts, and I think that it would really benefit parents of teens. Children and teens can be so cruel to one another, and too often they don’t understand the impact that their words can have on others. The Missing Girls is full of unexpected victims, crazy plot twists, and more than a few red-herrings to take you down the wrong path. I was completely unsuspecting of the ending until it actually appeared on the page, and it’s not very often that I don’t have a guess or an inkling somewhere along the lines!

Robyn, without question, has taken the top spot as my favourite procedural character. She has just enough personal drama to balance out the police work, and I love that her internal dialogue is so vulnerable. I am particularly drawn to realistic characters and the candidness of Robyn’s flaws (I too am an obsessive post-it noter and forgetful eater), and the overarching story of the loss of her fiancé is a clever tool to tie together the series without having the actual police cases span across books.

Would I recommend this book? YES! A million times yes! I can’t say enough amazing things about The Missing Girls. It is sure to please those who love psychological thrillers, police procedurals, and murder mysteries.

Now, pardon me while I go read everything ever written by Carol Wyer.


Many thanks to Carol Wyer and Bookouture for providing an advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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