Today I am delighted to share with you my glowing review for Patricia Gibney’s latest instalment in the D. I. Lottie Parker series, No Safe Place. This thrilling investigative mystery balances generous proportions of palpitation inducing murder with equal parts personal drama to a stellar effect. Hug your pillows thrill seekers, this one had me jumping at outside noises and seriously considering sleeping with lights on.
Title: No Safe Place
Author: Patricia Gibney
Publication Date: March 22, 2018
My Rating: 4.5/ 5
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?
If you love Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest pulse-pounding thriller from Patricia Gibney. No Safe Place will keep you guessing until the very last page.
I was little nervous requesting No Safe Place on NetGalley as I hadn’t read the previous three books in the series, but kept hearing such great things about it I couldn’t help but cave in to peer pressure and add this sucker to my TBR. And let me tell you, as a Lottie Parker newbie I had no difficulty being thrown into the deep end of some dark and twisty crime, while simultaneously being guided gently through the hot mess that comprises the tatters of Lottie’s personal life. I can say with confidence for those considering getting in on this series, but are hesitant to go back and read the previous instalments (which I will be doing in the coming weeks), you can start right here and feel like you haven’t missed a beat.
I think the only, and I mean ONLY, reason why this ended up at a 4.5 instead of 5 in books is because I felt that there was too little variance in Lottie’s moods. She was angry, annoyed and spitting fire almost all of the time – and if this is how she presents across all of the novels I can see how she might get tired and fast. Don’t get me wrong, handling a stressful and complicated family life while working as a homicide detective is no bed of roses, but I was left wanting a touch more than doom, gloom, hellfire and pills. But, and hear me out here, I am willing to acknowledge my bias in not have read the previous books and the fact that they almost certainly inform on Lottie’s sustained levels of intensity and subsequent need for Valium.
At the same time though, that constant intensity and paranoia does wonders for establishing the mood and pacing of the book. It just kept gaining in speed and power until I found myself caught in a vortex where people’s homes were being torched, the past was being relived, and young women were inexplicably going missing. Now add in the fact that Lottie’s character is tempered by the variety of personalities found on her team – Boyd, Lynch, and Kirby – and the dynamic is absolutely golden.
It was comforting to have have Lottie’s family in the mix as well, as they were a needed balance for a mother who was starting to spin out of control. The maternal moments provided a touch of tonic in Lottie’s crazy little world, and it welcome and refreshing when the kids were unafraid to call Lottie out on her crap. I really enjoyed watching the plot lines develop around Katie and New York, as well as Sean and his growing closeness to Boyd. I can see that there is lots of material to explored along both avenues in the future, and I cannot wait to see where these stories go.
I also really loved Grace’s role in the story. Sure, she’s awkward and makes more than just the people she encounters on the train uncomfortable but she’s also sweet, innocent, and utterly endearing. I appreciated her persistence that Molly was missing, even when it was clear that no-one believed her, and loved how Grace and Guarda Gilly’s stories eventually came together and collided with Lotties case to make for one of the best climaxes I read in a while.
Dark and twisty in all the right places, this is one that will surely keep you guessing! Exquisitely written and paced to keep you on the edge of your seat, Gibney has left just enough loose ends to keep you itching for book number 5. I mean seriously?! What about McMahon, I NEED to know how that little revenge arc ends. And New York? Talk about a walloping cliff hanger right when you’re craving some closure.
Angst and impulse control issues aside, Lottie Parker is the kind of D. I. might love to hate, but you’ll almost certainly love to read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I only wish that I’d discovered this series at it’s inception. Crime lovers and thrill seekers, I suggest you get your copies ASAP as this beauty ranks up there as one of my favourite summer reads.
Many thanks to Patricia Gibney, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.