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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755386388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755386383
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,033 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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Either Tana French and Michael Connelly secretly co-wrote this book, or Claire McGowan is a knockout new talent you should read immediately. I'm betting on the latter (Lee Child)

Claire McGowan is Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell (Ken Bruen)

Fresh and accessible without ever compromising on grit or suspense (Erin Kelly)

A brilliant portrait of a fractured society and a mystery full of heartstopping twists. Compelling, clever and entertaining (Jane Casey)

A keeps-you-guessing mystery (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)

A terrifically assured and pulse-pounding novel; dark, sad, lyrical, and full of superb twists (Stav Sherez)

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The start of an exciting new series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, with the potential to appeal to an audience beyond the world of crime

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2013
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Claire McGowan's second novel The Lost is set in the small border town of Ballyterrin. Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire left there 18 years ago and never wanted to return but when two local girls go missing within a short space of time she is requested as part of a team investigating the disappearances, and finds herself back in her hometown.

The setting of a small Northern Ireland border town post peace-process is well depicted and the plot regarding the missing girls is good, there were also underlying reasons for Paula's not wishing to return to Ballyterrin and as the story progresses these are uncovered. There were a lot of different threads and personal issues within the book and whilst the excellent scene setting of the small town, its rumours and secrets and close communities drew me in, it didn't have the same grasp on me as the authors previous book, The Fall. Not a bad book by any means and certainly very readable but missing the magic of her first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2014
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Paula Maguire is a forensic psychologist currently working in London originally from a small town in Northern Ireland, Ballyterrin. She is pulled back to the town by her work as she has been requested to look into a case of two missing teenage girls. In her personal life this has come at a good time because she needs to keep an eye on her father who is recovering from a leg injury.
Paula left Ballyterrin twelve years before without looking back. On her return she comes into contact with old friends and her ex-boyfriend. Lots of bad feelings are still simmering because she didn't stay in contact not even with her best friend, at the same time they are pleased to see her again.
This story is steeped in the "Troubles". It's part of the background, and clearly the author Claire Mcgowan knows her stuff on this.
The main plot is about the missing girls and the fact that this has happened before. Girls gone missing. Another scandal rises up......an American religious group used to take in unwed mothers and take their babies away form them, in fact they sold them in America while giving the poor girls a terrible time for their "sins"
I am not giving anything away about the plot and who did what to whom. This is a very atmospheric story, you can feel the oppressive atmosphere and the cold rain all the way through.
Somehow though the story is a bit too long and becomes cliched rather than edgy and exciting. As this is the first in a series of five I think I will keep reading the other books as I think the books will improve now the author has her scene setting novel out of the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JennyD VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2014
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This book introduces Paula Maguire, who has been brought in to help investigate the disappearance of two girls. The cases are quickly linked to disappearances in the 80's and Paula, together with a team of police people & experts must find out what happened. Things are made more complicated by characters struggling with their own pasts (including the disappearance of Paula's own mother) as well as the political and historical situation surrounding them. I liked the realistic characterisation although I thought the very sudden love interest happened rather too soon and didn't really add anything to the book. Also, I must admit I am not a fan of crime fiction as it usually moves from place to place and I cant keep engaged with the story. In this instance I failed to finish the book as I just thought it was far too slow moving and it did not hold my interest. There was the odd amusing line which hints at promise but overall I was not held by the story.
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Paula left her home town as soon as she could and vowed never to go back, but that changes when her father breaks his leg. She is offered a position as the forensic psychologist in the new cross border Missing Person Units. They will open cold cases and deal with any new one that comes up. She takes up the offer but only till her dad is better.

When two girls go missing the unit have their hands full. One is a traveler and the other a rich girl. What connects both girls? Is the recent suicide really a suicide and does any of these cases have anything to do with older ones? When one of the girls turns up dead it throws everything into high gear.

Its been a while since I read a good crime book and when I saw this I had to read it.

I loved Paula. She is an independent strong woman. She got into trouble at her old job because she didn't stick to the rules. She questions everything and if something has to be done, she will do it no matter what. When she was young her mother disappeared without a trace and nothing was ever found so she will do her best to find these girls. She is still dealing with her own loss and unanswered questions even after all the years.

Guy, Paulas' boss, has come over from England to head up the unit. He is over with his teenage daughter and this case hits close to home. The whole Unit consists of an Irish Garda, an English officer, Paula, A catholic girl and a PSNI officer. Could be a whole host of trouble but it works!

Aidan was quite the character. The editor of the paper and Paulas ex, he was a bit of lighthearted fun. Even though he is broken after what happened his father and wants his paper to succeed, he still can raise a smile with his quips. I hope to see more of him in the next book.
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