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Summary

They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they've put on me. I want my own clothes. I don't know how long I've been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim's daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family....

Two days later, as a nearby house is set on fire, and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie's father before he took his own life.

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

The Lost Child is a thrilling pause-resister from the best-selling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls that will have you guessing right to the very last minute. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, and Robert Dugoni.

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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Never Disappointed - Lottie Parker is Number 1!!

I have listened to all 3 books in quick succession and this is probably the best! Maybe its because i feel i know Lottie Parker by now, maybe its because so many of things she thinks or says I can absolutely relate to, or perhaps its because i never, ever, know whats coming next. I am a massive fan of crime books and there are a wealth of good woman characters out there but Lottie is heads and shoulders my favourite. I've loved every single one and confess i am feeling slightly despondent because i can't load up my next one. Come on Patricia, hurry up with the next instalment, because there HAS to be one. Oh and never let anyone but Michele Moran read them to me plse, coz that would be, well just wrong. Thank you!!

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A fantastic twist, I didn’t see that coming

I like this writer, very dark stories but very human characters. Some shocking exposures of an old Ireland and its ways, hopefully long gone. Lottie Parker is a loving mother, committed policewoman and a woman on the edge. Not a winning combination but somehow you route for her, she is an old fashioned cop, with right on her side and a taste for the hard stuff. A great read.

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fantastic

A fantastic story with a gripping story and an awesome ending. Couldn't put it down .

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Lottie parker

Again amazing can't wait for book 4 have now read all 3. All are addictive

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  • k
  • 22-12-17

Fabulous narrator

The narrator was superb and I will look out for more books read by her. The characters were interesting and complex with lots of personality touches that made them very realistic. I was completely engaged from the beginning ro the end of the book. The reason for the missing star is down to some credibility-stretching moments in the plot when I found myself thinking: come on! call for back up, or take the obvious action, not the one that allows the perpetrator to keep going! Overall though, a really fresh and twisty listen.

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Fantastic!

Gripping to the end! Just when I thought I had put the pieces together another twist kept me guessing. Loved every one of the books so far.

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Brilliant storytelling

Loved the first Lottie Parker book and have now followed with book two another great listen and a brilliant book three. Very easy listening, great narration and good stories.
It’s going to leave a hole now I’ve finished the series.

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OK story when ou finally get there

No huge surprise with the twist, though good story overall. Narrator's over pronunciation became very irritating, and was willing the book to be over by the last quarter.

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  • MO
  • 02-12-17

The best so far!

A fabulous read. My favourite in the series and one of the best audible books so far for me.
A fabulous plot and excellent twist.
Can’t wait for the next one.
Highly recommended

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great listen

lots of twists and turns in this thriller and Lotte continues to find huge challenges

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-17

A great engaging tale!

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

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 22-01-18

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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  • Lynne B. Wiley
  • 02-12-17

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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  • MCubed
  • 28-02-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-18

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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  • Artkeep
  • 02-05-18

EXTREMELY COMPLEX!!

Although I gave this book 4 stars, I times I felt overwhelmed with so many characters. It was hard to keep up with who was who's mother and who was who's baby. The ending brought the important factors into focus and made things clear. Great twist in the story! Patricia Gibney is a talented author and I certainly recommend this entire series to everyone. I'm moving into the last book and looking forward to the hours of entertainment. After listening to the first three books in this series, Michele Moran is ok but not at the top of my favorite list but certainly not at the bottom.

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  • Carolhxx
  • 23-04-18

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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  • jdol
  • 13-04-18

I love Lottie Parker

Recently I have found a love for this genre of audiobooks. I feel as though I’ve heard them all. Some have been mediocre at best but not this series. This series is brilliant. I love how dysfunctional yet redeeming Lottie is. Patricia Gibney’s writing is great and I can’t think of Lottie without hearing her in Michele Moran’s voice. She is a superb narrator. I actually bought the most recent book without narration wanting to devour it as quickly as possible however I had a difficult time pronouncing the names. I was thrilled when I noticed a few days later the audio version was released. I didn’t hesitate when purchasing it a second time.

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  • KF
  • 13-04-18

Great story as usual from Patricia Gibney

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Child to be better than the print version?

Yes. Audio allows me to get my reading done while still managing my busy life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Child?

When the roof blew off the shed and Lottie made a startling discovery.

Have you listened to any of Michele Moran’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I like her voice and she plays each character perfectly. By the end of the book you can tall which character is talking without her having to say it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I actually cried in a couple places. And Lottie's comments make me chuckle often. I like when she is sarcastic.

Any additional comments?

Another smash hit. I have already downloaded book 4 and cannot wait to start it. Keep them coming!!

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  • Jackie Heller
  • 28-03-18

great book

loved the book, once I got started I couldn't put it down. can't wait for the next book!