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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472204395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472204394
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University, and time spent living in China and France, she moved to London and worked in the charity sector.

You can find out more about Claire and her books at http://clairemcgowan.net/

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A knockout new talent (Lee Child)

Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell (Ken Bruen)

Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying (Peter James)

A compelling and flawless thriller (SJ Bolton)

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Book two in the new crime series featuring forensic psycologist Paula Maguire working in the missing persons unit in Northern Ireland, in a nail biting story that will keep you up all night

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2014
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The novel ‘The Dead Ground’ is a second crime thriller featuring Paula Maguire as a forensic psychologist attached to the missing persons unit of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The setting may be in a snowy winter in Northern Ireland but it is of the ‘Midsomer Murders’ genre set in usually sunny England – lots of murders with too many inter-related links to the main police protagonists who themselves are over -introspective. This loses the novel 1-star, where otherwise it may well be a 5-star gripping tale with numerous twists and turns. And then it loses another 1-star by introducing one twist too many at an unsatisfactory and somewhat rushed conclusion – though of course the scene is being set for a further Paula Maguire novel. What a pity – author Claire McGowan’s skilful writing captures a wonderful sense of time and place with telling insights to the splintered society of Ireland, and in addition to she writes well with a sharp focus on dialogue using much banter and humour. After deducting 2-stars this review awards a 3-star rating – about average – it could have been considerably more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie U VINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2014
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Not much is given away in the blurb for this book but I'd read the authors previous two books and enjoyed them so was looking forward to giving this one a go.
The book is the second is a series based on the character of Paula Maguire, a forensic psychologist working for the police in Northern Ireland. The story picks up straight from the first book which is unusual. Many strands of plot are carried forward and I would strongly recommend reading the first before you start this one. I read The Lost about a year ago and, after reading the first couple of chapters of this book, had to go back and read the last couple of the previous book at to remind me how it concluded.
Northern Ireland is a well used setting for the plot, with the "troubles" being referred to but never taking over the fairly traditional crime thriller plot. The main characters are drawn well and handled the crime fairly believably although I found them all very irritating in the way they managed their personal lives - lots of possibilities but nothing was really explored to any depth.
I enjoyed the book despite although found the overall plot to be unlikely and rushed at the end. If you've read the first book and you enjoy the crime genre then this is worth trying, otherwise I'd give it a miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lally on 17 May 2014
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Plot is about abducted/missing babies.Not my fave subject for a thriller.
Well written and a quick easy read.
Heroine spends novel agonising over making a personal life changing decision.This becomes tedious.

I will read the next book in the series as i am keen to know about the heroine's mum--who has been missing for 17 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BusyReader VINE VOICE on 16 July 2014
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A quick , easy read with an engrossing plot and characters that developed along with the story.
As it's the second of the series I would suggest it may have been better to read the first one first!! But I managed to get into it, and found it enjoyable and easy to read, not the best ever which is why it gets a 3 * but readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By s VINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2014
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From the first page i struggled with the style of writing and the subject matter,abducted babies and death.The more i read,the more the story became a chore and i couldn't recommend this book at all.Definitely wouldn't want to read any more in this series.
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By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2015
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The Dead Ground picks up more of less where we last left Paula Maguire in the first book in the series The Lost. Paula is still living with her father and working with the Missing Persons Response Unit using her experience to help investigate old cases but the unit is soon drafted in on a current case when a newborn baby is snatched from a local hospital but they soon discover that things are not as straightforward as expected...

But whilst Paula is in demand professionally for the insight and expertise she can bring into these cases, the same cannot be said for her personal life which is a mess and she has a lot of decisions to make as well as continuing to make new discoveries about her own mother's disappearance many years ago.

Once again Claire McGowan has written another gripping tale that takes readers into the heart of the action as we follow the twists and turns of the investigation and soon discover that there's more than a simple abduction at play when a ritualistic murder and kidnapping soon follows. The prologue alone is quite a gruesome read so this is definitely not a book for the feint-hearted but it laid the groundwork for the story that was to follow which was another engaging read.

Although The Dead Ground could probably be read as a standalone I personally would recommend that you read The Lost first to get an introduction to Paula and the other central characters that feature in this series. Having really enjoyed both books in the series so far I'm eagerly awaiting to see what's next for Paula Maguire.
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By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 July 2014
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Having read both of Claire McGowan's previous novels, I was anticipating an interesting sequel to The Lost. The author writes well and it is easy to identify with the claustrophobic atmosphere in the small Ulster town of Ballyterrin. This story follows on immediately after The Lost so it certainly helps to have read the previous book to understand the characters and their relationship to each other which is key. However, this does also work as a standalone tale.

This time round we find Paula McGuire, a psychologist working with the police, in a personally conflicted state which has many parallels with the case or cases she is working on - it is not clear whether the various incidents involving babies and pregnant women are linked or not for quite a while. She also has to deal with her somewhat stilted relationship with one of her ex lovers, Guy, who is also her boss and her highly strained relationship with the other, Aidan, her childhood friend and local ace reporter.

If I had a criticism it is that the plot does get somewhat convoluted which tends to detract from its believability. This is a shame and it may all have worked a little better if the author had kept it a little more simple. However, that is not to detract from a clever and well thought out story which most will enjoy. I think I wrote in the review of The Lost that there was plenty of mileage in Paula, who is an interesting character, should Claire McGowan choose to go in this direction. I am certainly looking forward to reading the sequel which seems likely given at least one major loose end still hanging.
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